Digital Health

By Paul Sonnier | Digital health is the convergence of the digital and genomic revolutions with health, healthcare, living, and society. Discover more at storyofdigitalhealth.com 

Profusa Closes $45M Series C Financing

Profusa, a South San Francisco, CA-based company...

European Union

The Unlikely Activists Who Took On Silicon Valley — and Won

The way Alastair Mactaggart usually tells the story of his awakening — the way he told it even before he became the most improbable, and perhaps the most important, privacy activist in America — begins with wine and pizza in the hills above Oakland, Calif. It was a few years ago, on a night …

Silicon Valley

A Harvard Scientist Thinks He Has a Gene Test for Heart Attack Risk. He Wants to Give It Away Free.

A Harvard scientist thinks he’s reached a new milestone: a genetic test that helps identify people who are at high risk of having a heart attack. Can he convince doctors to use it?<p>“I think–in a few years, I think everybody will know this number, similar to the way we know our cholesterol right …

Medical Research

How Bitly Reaches and Collects Data on Billions of People Each Month

While you probably recognize Bitly as those short links you see on Twitter, the company’s most valuable service revolves around data.<p>In addition to …

Marketing

Sacramento welfare investigators track drivers to find fraud. Privacy group raises red flags

Police in recent years have tapped into a vast database of license plate images to track drivers and solve crimes.<p>Few people know, however, that …

Surveillance

Checking emails after work is bad for your partner as well as you

If your other half’s idea of a great night in is to sit on the sofa and check their work emails, the chances are that they are oblivious to how unpopular it makes them.<p>People who constantly monitored office messages at home felt it did no harm to their closest relationships, but their spouses and …

Employment

Google Glass offers hope to kids with autism

Donji Cullenbine noticed that her son Alex wasn’t looking people in the face, a classic trait of autism, when he was just 18 months old. In preschool, Alex struggled socially with other kids. One hit him in the face with a rubber mallet and another in the shoulder with a metal shovel.<p>“He didn’t see …

Autism

Blue light from phone screens accelerates blindness, study finds

Scientists say they have found how blue light from smartphones, laptops and other digital devices damages vision and can speed up blindness.<p>Research by the University of Toledo in the US has revealed that prolonged exposure to blue light triggers poisonous molecules to be generated in the eye’s …

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Japan plans 10 'AI hospitals' to ease doctor shortages

Japan

Apple says iOS Health Records has over 75 backers, uses open standards

Apple’s initiative to enable iPhone users to securely access and carry their own medical records has continued to expand, as over 75 different health institutions are now supporting it — up from only 12 earlier this year. The company updated its list of medical partners ahead of a speech today by …

Digital Health

CVS to offer nationwide telemedicine service through smartphone video

Think of it as a digital doctor.<p>Drugstore giant CVS Health plans to offer a nationwide service to treat easy-to-diagnose maladies and other medical issues via its smartphone app.<p>The telemedicine service will be offered for diagnosis of conditions such as colds and flu, skin issues and general …

Health Care

This "Creepy" Time-Tracking Software Is Like Having Your Boss Watch You Every Second

Lisk Feng for BuzzFeed News<p><b>To convince workers</b> to join the unstable and unreliable world of freelance work, startups and platforms often promise …

Employment

Genetic Tests Can Hurt Your Chances Of Getting Some Types Of Insurance

Taking a genetic test in your 20s or 30s could, indeed, affect your ability to get long-term-care insurance later — or at least the price you'll pay. And people who are considering enrolling in Medicare <i>after</i> age 65 would do well to read the fine print of the sign-up rules. Readers have insurance …

Health Care

The FCC just admitted it lied about a cyberattack to avoid net neutrality comments

Last year, the Federal Communications Commission voted to overturn net neutrality rules, a move that millions of people protested in comments sent to …

Net Neutrality

The Fourth Wave: Digital Health Newsletter - Aug 6, 2018

Facebook Asks Banks to Share Customer Data

• Philip Ryan<br>• August 6, 2018<br>• Compliance, Exclusive, Mobile, Online, Premium, Retail, Social Media<br>• Comments Off<p>Facebook has entered discussions with major …

Social Media

Apple Watch detected blood clots, says writer, and now helping him beat diabetes

Chuck La Tournous, founder of RandomMaccess, says that his Apple Watch played a key role in identifying that he had multiple blood clots, and is now helping him beat diabetes …<p>Writing in <i>MacWorld</i>, La Tournous described what happened the first time around.<p>In May 2016, my body decided to suddenly …

Diabetes

Facial Recognition Is the Perfect Tool for Oppression

<i>Co-authored with</i> <i>Evan Selinger</i><p>The Trojans would have loved facial recognition technology.<p>It’s easy to accept an outwardly compelling but ultimately …

Surveillance

Taibbi: Beware the Slippery Slope of Facebook Censorship

You may have seen a story this week detailing how Facebook shut down a series of accounts. As noted by <i>Politico</i>, Facebook claimed these accounts …

Internet

Texas Man Says Apple Watch Alerted Him to Dangerous Heart Condition

The Apple Watch has already proven itself to be a helpful life-saving aid, but reports of the wearable alerting users to dangerous conditions keep …

Apple Watch

Digital addiction is catching - and I'm as guilty as they come

Tonight, we are holding a family summit at Woods Towers before we jet off on holiday to Croatia in the morning. The main item on the agenda will be the controversial issue of screen time, which has felictiously just hit the headlines with horror stories about our collective addiction.<p>Incidentally, …

Sofabed

How a Cashless Society Could Embolden Big Brother

When money becomes information, it can inform on you.<p>In 2014, Cass Sunstein—one-time “regulatory czar” for the Obama administration—wrote an op-ed advocating for a cashless society, on the grounds that it would reduce street crime. His reasoning? A new study had found an apparent causal …

U.S. Department of Justice

Google Plans to Launch Censored Search Engine in China, Leaked Documents Reveal

Google is planning to launch a censored version of its search engine in China that will blacklist websites and search terms about human rights, …

Surveillance

Google wants back into China — and will censor search results to get there

Google has been secretly developing a search app for the Chinese market that will filter out results related to human rights, democracy, religion and peaceful protest, VICE News confirmed Wednesday.<p>Google’s intentions were first reported by the Intercept, after a whistleblower leaked secret …

China

Anthem Taps Artificial Intelligence Space With Allergy Research Trial

Anthem is partnering with the artificial intelligence platform doc.ai to examine whether the technology works to “predict when people will experience allergies or allergy patterns.”<p>The announcement Wednesday that Anthem is supporting a 12-month trial by doc.ai and Harvard Medical School researchers …

Artificial Intelligence

France passes new law banning smartphones, tablets and smartwatches in schools

France will ban mobile phones in schools across the country from next month.<p>A new law bans students up to the age of 15 from using "all connected …

Smartwatches

Mammoth Bioscience raises $23M to democratize diagnostics

Of all of the ways medicine and healthcare have changed in recent years, one of the most profound has been the increase of at-home testing. So many …

Federal judge blocks last-ditch effort to stop release of 3D-printed gun blueprints

Starting next Wednesday, you'll be able to print deadly assault weapons at home.<p>A Texas federal judge allowed the release of 3D-printed gun …

Guns

The Fourth Wave: Digital Health Newsletter - Jul 27, 2018