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 

The Digital Health Newsletter for June 20, 2017

The headlines stating or implying that robots (AI and automation) will take all of our jobs seem to be never ending. But a new report from …

Scientists have developed a new way to predict when you'll die

There's an elusive innovation that would revolutionize medicine: a way to detect disease before it becomes obvious.<p>A study recently published in the journal Scientific Reports could bring us a step closer to that capability. The paper reveals how artificial intelligence analyses of routine medical …

Medicine

FDA Plans to Clarify Digital Health Regulations

Digital health product developers will soon receive more clarity on what digital health products the FDA will regulate.<p>Food and Drug Administration …

Digital Health

Nokia completes Withings rebranding with launch of two new digital health products

It’s been swell, Withings<p>Earlier this year at Nokia’s event in Mobile World Congress, the company announced that Withings’ connected health devices would be transferred to the Nokia brand. Today, the rebranded line has completed the transition to Nokia, and it’s now available with some notable …

Digital Health

How a Company You’ve Never Heard of Sends You Letters about Your Medical Condition

In the summer of 2015, Alexandra Franco got a letter in the mail from a company she had never heard of called AcurianHealth. The letter, addressed to …

Privacy

Hospitals are looking for the killer Amazon Alexa app

Amazon Echo devices are fun and useful applications for consumers in the home. But in the hospital, such voice recognition technology has the …

Health Care

The Digital Health Newsletter for June 16, 2017

I Tried (and Failed) to Revolutionize Health Care. Here's Why It's Impossible to Crack

Health care is not going to be disrupted. So we had to figure out a different path to success.<p>When my company, Iodine, launched in 2013, we were part of an epidemic of startups seeking to change health care. There was great enthusiasm on the part of entrepreneurs and investors alike for bringing …

Health Care

Apple reportedly working to make your medical history mobile

All your medical data could be available on your iPhone with new initiative, CNBC reports.<p>How would you like to have your entire medical and health history at your fingertips -- literally?<p>No more making multiple calls to get your records -- all of your doctor visits, lab results and prescriptions …

Apple

Almost half of all money raised through crowdfunding is going toward medical expenses

Almost half of the money raised on crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe and YouCaring is going toward medical expenses.<p>Medical campaigns make up $930 million of the $2 billion raised on GoFundMe, according to NerdWallet. Almost half of the $800 million raised on YouCaring, another crowdfunding …

Health Care

The Smartphone Psychiatrist

Frustrated by the failures in his field, Tom Insel, a former director of the National Institute of Mental Health, is now trying to reduce the world’s anguish through the devices in people’s pockets.<p>Sometime around 2010, about two-thirds of the way through his 13 years at the helm of the National …

Mental Disorders

Your Doctor’s Office Is Vulnerable to Hackers, but Congress Could Change That

Small health-care facilities like doctors' offices are uniquely vulnerable to cyberattacks due to the sensitive information on their networks, and …

Health Care

Are drones a fast way to deliver emergency defibrillators?

(Reuters Health) - Drones may be able to rush emergency defibrillators to patients in cardiac arrest faster than traditional emergency medical services (EMS), potentially improving survival odds, a small Swedish experiment suggests.<p>Researchers ran 18 simulations comparing how long it took a drone …

Drones

The Digital Health Newsletter for June 13, 2017

Philips has launched their 2nd annual Future Health Index, which is the result of surveys and interviews with over 33,000 stakeholders globally …

The Digital Health Newsletter for June 9, 2017

Deregulation Helps Pharma Companies Pursue Digital Health Strategies

Let’s say your company has developed a drug for adults with ADHD. However, fewer than 20% of adults with ADHD are currently diagnosed by …

Thoughts on the wearables studies (including The Stanford Wearables study)

As might be obvious these days, publishing a study on wearables is the fashionable thing to do. There seems to be a new major (or at least noticed in …

Wearable Tech

Colour-changing tattoo ink could help people with diabetes

The biosensing ink, developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, tells diabetics when their blood sugar is either too low …

Crispr May Cure All Genetic Disease—One Day

Jennifer Doudna was sitting in her UC Berkeley office when she got the first call from a reporter asking what she thought about scientists using …

Genetics

WoeBot, The Chatbot Therapist, Will See You Now

Chatbots are taking over the world. Over the past few years, virtual help agents have taken on surprisingly sensitive jobs in modern society: …

The Digital Health Newsletter for June 6, 2017

New sports and fitness capabilities for Apple Watch will include NFC-enabled wireless-syncing of treadmill and elliptical machine workout data via …

Told you that you were getting good sleep, says Fitbit

Fitbit has sponsored a study that it says validates the ability of several of its fitness wearables to accurately track different stages of sleep. This study, which involved the Fitbit Alta HR, Blaze, and Charge 2 devices, was independently scored by polysomnography technicians.<p>“With our sleep …

Wearable Tech

Amazon is offering a $125,000 prize for the best use of Alexa to combat diabetes

Vikram Singh, product manager for a diabetes-software start-up called Glooko, received a somewhat unexpected email from Amazon Web Services last …

Diabetes

The Digital Health Newsletter for June 2, 2017

In their latest Internet Trends Report, Silicon Valley-based venture capital (VC) firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) and Mary Meeker have …

Definition of Digital Health

<b>My Definition of Digital Health</b><br>Digital health is the convergence of the digital and genomic revolutions with health, healthcare, living, and society. …

Mary Meeker's 'future of the Internet' report shows how Silicon Valley thinks it can take over health care

Mary Meeker, a partner at Kleiner Perkins, never much mentioned the medical sector in years past in her massive annual report on the future of the …

Health Care

IBM’s Watson is really good at creating cancer treatment plans

Jeopardy-winning Watson is getting better and better at designing cancer treatments. New data presented this week at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's annual meeting show that IBM's Watson for Oncology suggests cancer treatments that are often in-line with what physicians recommend. The …

Cancer

In Search of the Right Type of Juror When a Police Officer Is on Trial

When two Albuquerque police officers went on trial for murder last fall after the fatal shooting of a mentally ill homeless man, things did not look good for them. Police videos appeared to show the man turning away before officers fired. Their release had been preceded by a long history of police …

Policing

eClinicalWorks to pay $155 million to settle suit alleging it faked meaningful use certification

U.S. Attorney says that the resolution proves EHR vendors can’t ‘flout’ certification requirements and get away with it.

Health Care Technology