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 

“GMO” isn’t a dirty word: Genetically modified insects could save lives, but first humans have to be convinced

When it comes to altering genes to eradicate disease and pestilence, science needs good PR to fight misconceptions<p>For years scientists have tinkered with mosquito genes to try to eradicate the crippling spread of diseases like malaria. But today new gene-editing technology has heightened the …

Genetics

Cognoa raises $11.6 million for digital health platform that spots early signs of autism in kids

Digital health platform Cognoa has raised $11.6 million from existing investor Morningside, taking the company’s total funding to more than $20 million since its inception in 2013.<p>Palo Alto, Calif.-based Cognoa helps parents concerned about their kids’ development through a screening and support …

Digital Health

LiveSmart, a London-based employee health platform, raises £700,000

LiveSmart, a London-based startup that offers a platform to help employees track and improve their health, has raised £700,000 in funding.<p>Investors include Matt Merrick (formerly the Managing Director of Virgin Active Health Clubs) and Lawrence Mitchell (formerly Global Marketing Director and …

Startups

Adidas Set To Rival Fitbit With Chameleon Heart Rate Fitness Tracker

The Adidas Chameleon HR fitness tracker has been uncovered, with the German sports giant picturing the device in press materials for its new All Day fitness app. First reported on by Wareable last year, its new reports suggests that the Fitbit-rival will pack in a heart rate sensor and an LED …

Wearable Tech

Garmin's Forerunner 935 smartwatch knows how hard you work out

Two months after updating its Fenix line of multisport fitness watches at CES, Garmin revealed its latest GPS-enabled timepiece, the Forerunner 935. However, unlike the Fenix family, which was designed more for general outdoor adventuring, this new tracker is built specifically for serious athletes …

Wearable Tech

These Flip Flops Are 'Smart' for the Dumbest Possible Reason

Shoe brand Hari Mari has a new line of flip flops done in partnership with baseball glove maker Nokona. These aren’t just any flip flops, though. …

Marketing

Donald Trump is now your last hope for the most basic internet privacy rules

Go ahead and assume that everything you do online is being tracked and sold without your knowledge.<p>The House voted on Tuesday in favor of erasing a rule that would prevent internet service providers from quietly selling off consumer data without notifying those consumers. The rule — enacted last …

Net Neutrality

A Pharma Company Is Sponsoring An iPhone App To Fight The Opioid Crisis It Helped Start

Purdue Pharma’s blockbuster painkiller, OxyContin, is widely blamed for setting off the opioid epidemic. Now the company is starting an iPhone and Apple Watch study that aims to get patients off their medications.<p>Originally posted on March 28, 2017, 17:21 GMT<p>Updated on March 28, 2017, 19:48 …

Chronic Pain

Scientists recreate the female menstrual cycle on a chip

Scientists don't understand as much as they'd like about the female reproductive system, both due to their historical exclusion from studies and the challenge in replicating the complexities of that anatomy. At last, however, there's progress. Researchers have developed an organ on a chip that …

Biology

Army Developing a Sci-Fi Robo Arm to Help Soldiers Carry Heavy Weapons

The articulated arm is straight out of Aliens.<p>Thirty years ago the sci-fi blockbuster film <i>Aliens</i> depicted U.S. Colonial Marines investigating the colony of Hadley's Hope. The coolest piece of kit in the whole thing? The articulated arm attached to their body armor to help carry their heavy M56 …

War

The Patent Battle Over Revolutionary CRISPR Gene-Editing Tech Just Went Global

In December, the life sciences world witnessed a milestone in the intellectual rights battle for the groundbreaking CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing …

Genetics

Doppler Labs is working with Senator Elizabeth Warren to deregulate the hearing aid industry

“Hearing is a right for everybody,” Doppler Labs‘ Noah Kraft told me over the phone last week. It’s why his new chief science officer Jim Pitkow is working with a team of U.S. senators and members of Congress to make certain types of hearing aids available over the counter.<p>Medically approved …

Elizabeth Warren

I Worked Out In Virtual Reality For A Month And This Is What Happened

Every year I promise myself I’ll work out more, eat better and cross some items off my bucket list. This time around I was equipped with VirZOOM, a virtual reality connected exercise bike to help make my fitness goals come true.<p>I tend to get easily bored with workouts and the prospect of gamifying …

Virtual Reality

Elon Musk launches Neuralink, a venture to merge the human brain with AI

Rockets, cars, and now brain chips<p>SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk is backing a brain-computer interface venture called Neuralink, according to <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. The company, which is still in the earliest stages of existence and has no public presence whatsoever, is centered on creating …

Elon Musk

[Health-tech Korea] Welt smart belt monitors wearers’ health without intrusion

<b>The Korea Herald is publishing a series of articles highlighting South Korea’s promising start-ups in the emerging sectors of digital health care and</b> …

Are Medical Billing and Life Extension Efforts Part of Digital Health?

While we typically don't think of medical billing as being a part of digital health, it is in fact mostly conducted using computers and is an …

If you don't watch this little girl with her robot friend, you're missing the best thing on the internet

"Hi, robot."<br>"Hi, robot."<br>*tiny wave*<br>"I wuv you, robot."<br>"I wuv you, robot."<p>What we'd all give to be as pure and cute as this little girl meeting her very first "robot."<p>It was Rayna's lucky day as she got to greet and hug her new robot friend. Or we should say the robot is the lucky one.<p>Rayna even …

Robotics

Lyft will allow riders to round up their fare to make a charitable donation

The new feature will be released ‘in the coming weeks’<p>In the coming weeks, Lyft will introduce a new program called Round Up & Donate, which will allow riders to make a charitable contribution when they take a ride with the service.<p>Riders will be able to opt into the program, which will …

Uber

The Algorithm Will See You Now

When it comes to diagnosis, will A.I. replace the M.D.?<p>One evening last November, a fifty-four-year-old woman from the Bronx arrived at the emergency room at Columbia University’s medical center with a grinding headache. Her vision had become blurry, she told the E.R. doctors, and her left hand …

Machine Learning

IBM Filed a Patent for a Drone That Acts Like a Dogsitter

The next frontier for drones could involve using them to watch over your pet while you’re at work.<p>IBM (ibm) filed a patent that was published …

Drones

The Promises and Perils of Medical Care Crowdfunding

Telehealth Doctor Visits May Be Handy, But Aren't Cheaper Overall

Telehealth takes a lot of forms these days. Virtual visits with a health care provider can take place by video, phone or text, or via the Web or a mobile app. The one commonality: You get to consult a doctor from your home, the office, Starbucks or anywhere with a wifi or mobile connection.<p>These …

Health Care

Mobile Health App Makers Settle Allegations Of Misleading Marketing Claims

A trio of smartphone health apps that claim to do things like measure your heart rate or the vitals of your unborn child have agreed to settle …

Eligible founder Katelyn Gleason’s plan to upend the billion dollar medical billing industry

Medical billing is a largely untapped and lucrative industry, potentially pulling in $55 billion globally by 2020. But its inner workings are still very murky — most of the time it’s not clear how much something will cost and sometimes you don’t even get the (possibly whopping) bill until months …

Health Care

To promote allergy medication, Sanofi uses wearables in "social experiment"

Sanofi Consumer Healthcare, a division of the global pharmaceutical company, used wearable devices in a "social experiment" that forms part of the …

mHealth

A self-driving Uber got into an accident in Arizona and flipped onto its side

A self-driving Uber car was involved in an accident on Friday night in Tempe, Arizona, in one of the most serious incidents to date involving the growing fleet of autonomous vehicles being tested on US roads and prompting Uber to suspend autonomous car testing in the state.<p>A photo posted on Fresco …

Driverless Cars

The Digital Health Update for March 25, 2017

While the draconian Obamacare replacement bill put forth by President Trump and Republicans failed in spectacular fashion (apparently Americans want …

Inspector general to review pullback of HealthCare.gov ads

A federal inspector general has launched an inquiry into the Trump administration's decision to pull advertising for HealthCare.gov in the closing …

Researchers build VistA interoperability into digital health platform demo

Even as the Department of Veterans Affairs signals its intent to move off its Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA) …

Digital Health