Andy Witt

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Scripps Research gets record $120M to change medicine

The National Institutes of Health is giving a La Jolla scientist a record $120 million to help medicine make a historic shift to treating patients …

NHS to offer free devices and apps to help people manage illnesses

Health service seeks to use of technology to help patients manage conditions such as diabetes and heart disease<p>Millions of people will receive devices and apps free on the NHS to help them manage conditions such as diabetes and heart disease in an major drive to use technology to reduce patient …

Hospitals Test Putting Psychiatrists on Medical Wards

To identify problems early, trials embed mental-health workers on teams of doctors seeing patients<p>Some leading hospitals have begun placing psychiatrists and other mental-health professionals into medical units to identify psychological problems early in a patient’s stay.<p>Mental-health professionals …

Mental Health

Meet The New CEO Of The $22 Billion Genomics Company You’ve Never Heard Of

Gene-sequencing hardware and software giant Illumina is expanding to consumer-facing tests–and perhaps even brand partnerships.<p>A simple blood test to detect early signs of cancer. A noninvasive way to screen pregnancies for common genetic conditions. An app store for your genetic information. …

VR + sound to control pain

In a recent study, York St. John University researchers have demonstrated the use of virtual reality headsets to control pain. Discomfort was further …

Consumers happier with wearable devices than with associated apps - Trends & Ideas

In their analysis of more than 136,000 consumer reviews of wearable devices, Argus Insights found that users are far happier with their devices than …

Wearable Tech

UCB trials wearable sensor for Parkinson's

<b>UCB has begun trials of a wearable sensor that it is combining with a custom-made patient diary app to monitor the symptoms of Parkinson's …

Designing An App For People With Severe Mental Illness

Designers worked alongside a clinical psychologist to create an app that targets smokers with severe mental illnesses.<p>Slowly but surely, America is winning its war on smoking. In 1970, 37% of all Americans smoked cigarettes. Today, it’s less than half of that. Every segment of the population is …

Fitbit's grand digital healthcare transformation plan: Big ambition, risk

Fitbit's plan is to be a digital platform that runs through the healthcare system to create better outcomes. The problem? Wall Street wants a …

What iPhone-Based Health Care Could Look Like In 10 Years

Chronicle, a new concept from the design consultancy Artefact, is like a doctor in your pocket.<p>Heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, arthritis—chronic conditions such as these account for 84% of health care spending. Yet many are preventable. An estimated 40% of all premature deaths can be …

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Better Healing from Better Hospital Design

Bright, beautiful lobbies featuring an atrium filled with local flora. Rooms with big windows and access to outdoor gardens. Dining options served up by one of the top chefs in the world.<p>Innovative new hospital designs have changed patients’ experiences and expectations of what a hospital should …

Playing 20 Questions by 'Telepathy'? Big Score for Brain-to-Brain Communication

Interpersonal communication just got a lot more intimate.<p>So intimate, in fact, that two strangers — physically separated by a mile — can literally …

Hugh Herr On The Future Of Bionics

Titanium and silicone may someday surpass flesh and blood<p>After getting caught in a blizzard while mountain climbing at age 17, Hugh Herr lost both his legs to severe frostbite. That hasn’t slowed his pace.<p>Now at 51, the inventor and engineer is a member of IEEE and the co-director of MIT’s Center …

Our focus areas: Digital health

(Post 3 of 6 introducing our focus areas at KPCB Edge)<p>At Edge, we’re often asked what we mean when we say we invest in digital health. Digital health …

This insane device promises to give you perfect vision for the rest of your life

Dr. Garth Webb is the founder and CEO of Ocumetics Technology Corp, a company dedicated to eliminating glasses and contact lenses forever. Webb and his team of visual scientists have invented the "Ocumetics Bionic Lens," which is the product of eight years of research and $3 million in funding, …

Regulation

You can now get a flu vaccine via a 'jet injector,' which shoots it straight into your arm without a needle

A futuristic-looking jet injector can shoot this year's flu vaccine into your arm without a needle.<p>Though it may look like something from a sci-fi …

Public Health

Proteus: Digital medicines set to transform healthcare

<b>New sensor-enabled medicines could transform healthcare for both patients and health providers across the world.</b><p>That's according to leading 'digital …

Digital Health

Why Cleveland Clinic Shares Its Outcomes Data with the World

Cleveland Clinic has a long history of measuring and reporting data on health outcomes, most famously in our Outcomes Books, the yearly reports on how patients treated in our different departments fare. We’ve realized that you cannot improve something if you don’t measure it and share what you find …

Thync: company launches mood-changing wearable that zaps brains

A newly-released headset hopes to wake people up or calm them down by manipulating the electricity in their brain.<p>Thync costs $299 and has just been …

An iPhone App To Help You Relax, Designed Around Brainwaves And Tai Chi

Ustwo, makers of Monument Valley, have released a new app to help you relax.<p>At the end of a long, stressful day, sometimes all you want to do is turn off your brain, but your phone is the worst escape. It’s holding emails to be answers, newsy tweets to be read, Facebook posts to piss you off, …

Digital therapeutics: revolutionizing chronic health programs

Sean Duffy always thought he would become a doctor.<p>His mother’s medical background made an impression on his choice of career and come 2006, Duffy …

Stitch Is Slack For Healthcare Messaging

Stitch, a central messaging hub for healthcare providers, is launching today on stage at Disrupt to cut down on the $11 billion that U.S. hospitals waste each year due to breakdowns in communication.<p>You can think of Stitch as Slack for healthcare, except channels are organized around individual …

Text Reminders Help People Lower Cholesterol, Blood Pressure

Much of the buzz over mobile health interventions seems to be about how we can use an ever-growing variety of shiny new smartphone apps and sensors to better manage our health.<p>But texting, that old-school technology, may deserve some of that spotlight, too.<p>Getting texts with motivating and …

mHealth

The Next Chapter for Omada Health

In April 2011, Adrian James, Andrew DiMichele, and I started a company with a simple but ambitious goal: tackle the biggest health care crisis of our …

This Intelligent Mirror Can Diagnose Everything Wrong With You From Your Reflection

This mirror has sensors that go beyond skin deep to find out how healthy you really are.<p>The Wize Mirror knows if you’ve been drinking too much or eating foods you shouldn’t. It can sense if you’ve got high cholesterol or are on the way to getting diabetes. And it does all of this without ever …

Texting Helps Low-Income Diabetes Patients Manage Insulin Dosing

People whose diabetes requires insulin injections usually have to make a series of visits to the doctor's office to fine-tune their daily dosage. But many low-income patients can't afford to take those few hours off to see the doctor. As a result, they often live with chronically elevated blood …