Digital Health

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If Cell Service Goes Down in a Disaster, This App Will Keep You Connected - Motherboard

Climate change will irrevocably continue to hit environments and populations in developing countries the hardest for the foreseeable future, but these locations are often the ones least well equipped to deal with its effects.<p>In Bangladesh, a country very vulnerable to climate change, cellular …

Climate Change

Gene Editing: The Next Step In Evolution

With humans on the cusp self-evolution, a new report emphasizes the need for a societal conversation that we’re not likely to have.<p>Last week, a U.S. patent court and a prestigious science academy weighed in on a potent new method for editing human DNA with the funny-sounding name of …

Genetics

MD Anderson Benches IBM Watson In Setback For Artificial Intelligence In Medicine

It was one of those amazing “we’re living in the future” moments. In an October 2013 press release, IBM declared that MD Anderson, the cancer center that is part of the University of Texas, “is using the IBM Watson cognitive computing system for its mission to eradicate cancer.”<p>Well, now that …

Conservatives See Obamacare Repeal Slipping Away

Conservatives who were optimistic less than a month ago that the Affordable Care Act would be fully repealed now see missed deadlines and delays from the Republican-led Congress and Donald Trump’s White House.<p>U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan’s repeal and replace mantra of less than two months ago has …

Health Care

Mammograms plus personalized treatment are the best options to fight breast cancer

Do mammograms make sense as an early-warning tool for most seemingly healthy women over age 40? I say yes — with some caveats — to this long and …

Cancer

The Digital Health Update by Paul Sonnier ⋅ Feb 19, 2017 ⋅ #261

I will be making this announcement to 53,000+ members of the Digital Health group on LinkedIn. If you’re on LinkedIn, please do join the group, which …

Health Care

He vowed to cure cancer. But this billionaire’s moonshot is falling far short of the hype

The world’s richest doctor had a very bold plan.He’d assemble an unprecedented collaboration of companies, researchers, and doctors. Their mission: …

Cancer

Microsoft Takes Another Crack at Health Care, This Time With Cloud, AI and Chatbots - Bloomberg

Microsoft Corp. is trying again in health care, betting its prowess in cloud services and artificial-intelligence can help it expand in a market …

TomTom’s latest wearable won’t tell you how fat you are

At least, not directly. It'll hint at it, through a kind of fitness-tracking jigsaw reveal

Wearable Tech

At Intermountain Healthcare, secret sauce is innovation plus empathy

When the Church of the Latter Day Saints gifted the 15 hospitals that formed the original Intermountain Health System to the community in 1975, they …

The Next Pseudoscience Health Craze Is All About Genetics

Recently, Vitaliy Husar received results from a DNA screening that changed his life. It wasn’t a gene that suggested a high likelihood of cancer or a …

Genetic Testing

This 'Star Trek'-like headset helps the legally blind see again

Almost like the VISOR in 'Star Trek,' the eSight 3 lets low vision wearers do almost anything, from reading a menu to playing basketball.<p><i>This is part of CNET's "Tech Enabled" series about the role technology plays in helping the disability community.</i><p>Yvonne Felix is walking toward me wearing a …

Star Trek

Patent Office Hands Win in CRISPR Battle to Broad Institute

The dispute between researchers at UC Berkeley and MIT over the invention of the powerful gene-editing technique may be at an end.<p>The huge patent …

U.S. Panel Endorses Designer Babies to Avoid Serious Disease

Genetically modified children could be acceptable in narrow circumstances, according to National Academy of Sciences.<p>Since its invention four years …

Genetics

Healthcare Technology: The Next Frontier

The increasing convergence of technology and healthcare continues to marvel both healthcare providers and technology enthusiasts alike. The drivers of innovating in this space include increasing access to care, providing patients with more personalized diagnostics, and ultimately, increasing …

Informatics

Sam's Club teams up with higi to offer health screening kiosk, app to members

Big box wholesaler Sam’s Club is wading into digital health territory via a new partnership with digital health kiosk company higi, offering free, …

Orthodoxy vs. innovation in medicine

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Health Care

China's Tech Tycoons' Healthcare Dreams Aren't Coming True - Bloomberg

In 2014, billionaire Jack Ma, founder of online retail giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., declared his ambition to make China’s hospitals better, …

Health Care

The Digital Health Update by Paul Sonnier ⋅ Feb 12, 2017 ⋅ #260

I will be making this announcement to 53,000+ members of the Digital Health group on LinkedIn. If you’re on LinkedIn, please do join the group, which …

Digital Health

Pharmaceutical companies and digital health startups: It’s time to get together!

<i>About the author: Naomi Fried, PhD (@NaomiFried), is the CEO of Health Innovation Strategies, which provides digital health strategy and innovation</i> …

Digital Health

The Internet of Things ... for the human body?

You wake up in the morning and glance at your phone. In an app, you see your blood-sugar level, your exact heart rate, your metabolic rate, and your calorie count. But how is this possible?<p>In the future, the Internet of Things (or IoT) will invade the human body.<p>And, in some ways, it already</b> …

Internet of Things

First Gene Drive in Mammals Could Aid Vast New Zealand Eradication Plan

Evolution-warping technology applied to mice is a step toward “synthetic” species conservation.<p>Scientists working in coördination with a U.S. …

Genetics

Jawbone Is Reportedly Pivoting to Clinical Wearables -- Here's Everything We Know

Jawbone's story has been a long and twisted one. The company that rose to fame with its Bluetooth speakers and Up fitness bands has since fallen from …

Wearable Tech

Launchpad Digital Health Backs Five Digital Health Innovators Redefining the Space

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Launchpad Digital Health, the leading next generation seed fund + accelerator for digital …

Digital Health

This Technology Could Finally Make Brain Implants Practical

Harvard Medical School is testing a new design of a brain implant meant to restore vision to the blind.<p>In labs testing how brain implants could help …

Scientists have mapped the genome for quinoa, potentially making the superfood super cheap

It’s already a protein-packed ancient grain beloved by foodies. Now scientists say they’ve mapped the genome of quinoa, potentially unlocking a way to mass produce at prices that could help feed the world’s hungry.<p>By tinkering with the genetic makeup of the plant, a team of researchers based out of …

Superfoods

Germany Is Threatening Biohackers With Prison

Over the last few years, advances in science have made the kind of experiments once only accessible to PhDs with fancy labs far more attainable. …

Genetics

Propeller and Novartis collaborate to develop add-on sensor for COPD treatments

Digital respiratory health management company Propeller Health is collaborating with Novartis to develop a custom add-on sensor for the Swiss …

Digital Health

This company wants you to go on a virtual reality date because romance is dead

You can probably guess from the name that The League is a dating app with an unashamedly elitist bent. When you visit its homepage, it screams at you in big, block-capitals “ARE YOU TOLD YOUR STANDARDS ARE TOO HIGH? Keep them that way.”<p>There’s a clear message. If you’re bright and beautiful you …

Virtual Reality