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What Google Ventures wants to invest in: radical life extension and cancer cures.

What Google Ventures wants to invest in: radical life extension and cancer cures. | Digital Health | Scoop.it
In an interview with WSJ’s Amir Efrati, Google Ventures Managing Partner Bill Maris, has revealed a number of details regarding how the search giant’s venture fund is run, in addition to what he’s done and where he sees the fund going. Of the interesting details, Maris shared the types of ideas he is most interested in backing:
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"The Healthcare revolution will not be televised"

My Presentation from Athens looking at 5 things digital can do to revolutionise pharmaceuticals (with a bit of Gil Scott Heron thrown in for good measure)

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Une intéressante présentation (en anglais) qui aborde les principaux concepts qui seront fondateurs de l'e-santé à venir. Une belle inspiration pour le développement des futurs réseaux de santé numériques.

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Putting Fitness Trackers and Health Monitoring Apps to the Test

Putting Fitness Trackers and Health Monitoring Apps to the Test | Digital Health | Scoop.it
PHYSICIANS CALL IT the 5,000-hour problem. If you have a common chronic condition such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes, the expert in charge of your health for almost all of your 5,000 waking hours annually is — you. And, frankly, you won’t always make the best choices.“The behavior changes that are necessary to address chronic disease are much more in your hands than in the doctor’s,” points out Stacey Chang, executive director of the Design Institute for Health at Dell Medical School in Austin, Texas. “To cede that control to the doctor sometimes is actually counterproductive.”
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Google: We're not a big healthcare company... yet - PMLiVE

Google: We're not a big healthcare company... yet - PMLiVE | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Published earlier this year, Connected World explores the consequences of the digital age, moving with ease from the death of privacy to the rise of artificial intelligence.For its ‘in conversation’ format author Philip Larrey, the chair of logic at the Pontifical Lateran University, speaks to a cast of luminaries that includes Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt and WPP’s Sir Martin Sorrell.It’s the interview with Schmidt that is particularly pertinent for these pages, not least given a recent EY report, which concludes: “Make no mistake: technology firms, wellness companies and other non-traditional players awash in consumer and patient data are encroaching on traditional biopharmaceutical territory.”
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FDA opens applications for digital health pre-certification pilot program

FDA opens applications for digital health pre-certification pilot program | Digital Health | Scoop.it
The FDA is moving forward surprisingly quickly with its plan to create a pre-certification program for digital health app developers, originally announced in a blog post by new FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb last month. Now the agency has opened up applications for a nine-company pilot program to develop the program.The basic goal of the Pre-Cert program, which sets it apart from previous FDA regulatory ventures, is that it will focus not on particular products but on firms and developers. If the FDA is satisfied that the firm is responsible and safe in its development, than it won't need to regulate each product from that firm.
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Hinge Health Lands $8M for Digital Care Pathways for MSK Conditions

Hinge Health Lands $8M for Digital Care Pathways for MSK Conditions | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Digital health startup Hinge Health has raised $8 million in Series A funding led by European VC giant Atomico, with participation from existing seed investors, including Eleven Two Capital and the Vertical Group. The company plans to utilize the funding to expand its existing product offering, covering both chronic lower back and knee pain, to encompass new treatment programs for hip, shoulder, and neck pain. The expansion will position Hinge Health to offer an even greater range of tech-enabled, non-invasive treatments to employers and employees across the globe.
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Amazon nabs a top Box exec in health as it goes after the medical industry

Amazon nabs a top Box exec in health as it goes after the medical industry | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Amazon has landed another big health-tech hire, this time from Box.Missy Krasner, vice president and managing director of Box's healthcare and life sciences group, is headed to the e-commerce company, according to two sources familiar with the matter. The sources, who asked not to be named because the hire hasn't been announced, didn't know exactly what role she'll have.Krasner and Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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Novo Nordisk and Glooko unveil first comarketed app for diabetes solutions

Novo Nordisk and Glooko unveil first comarketed app for diabetes solutions | Digital Health | Scoop.it
The first product from Novo Nordisk’s partnership with diabetes health tech startup Glooko has arrived.It’s an app called Cornerstones4Care Powered by Glooko, or the C4C app for short, and it allows people with diabetes to measure and track blood glucose, activities and meals.The app combines Novo Nordisk’s content and resources from its existing C4C online program and Glooko’s technology to sync blood glucose and activity data from almost any available diabetes or exercise device.David Moore, senior VP of marketing at Novo Nordisk, said the app is customizable, user friendly and reinforces the positive aspects of managing diabetes. The idea with this first app is to learn from it, as well as adapt and improve the specific C4C app, and work to create more digital offerings that can improve outcomes for patients. That also means taking lessons learned in diabetes digital health tech and applying them to other Novo treatment areas, such as obesity and weight management, and in rare diseases, where the company's focus is on growth disease disorders and hemophilia, he said.
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GSK asthma app wins healthcare technology award 

GSK asthma app wins healthcare technology award  | Digital Health | Scoop.it

GlaxoSmithKline mobile app that helps asthma patients better understand their condition and how to manage it was one of six winners at the AXA PPP Health Tech & You Awards.
MyAsthma, which was developed with UK agency The Earthworks, can track medicine usage and asthma attacks, and use location, weather and air quality data to learn what trigger’s a patient’s asthma.


An industry first, GSK’s app is the first from pharma has been approved as a Class 1 medical device and CE marked.

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Key insight here is that the app is CE marked as a device.
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Alphabet will track health data of 10,000 volunteers to 'create a map of human health'

Alphabet will track health data of 10,000 volunteers to 'create a map of human health' | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Verily, formerly Google's life sciences arm, is launching today a four-year study called Project Baseline to find out why people transition from being generally healthy to getting sick.The Silicon Valley-based company is working with its partners, Duke University and Stanford Medicine, to enroll 10,000 participants from diverse backgrounds at half a dozen study sites in California and North Carolina.The researchers are recruiting some people in good health, and others who are at high risk of chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease, and outfitting them with sophisticated health trackers and sequencing their genomes, among other things.
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Why Health Care Is Ripe For Digital Disruption

An estimated $1 trillion of the $3.3 trillion that the U.S. spends annually on health care is wasted — presenting an opportunity for disruption by tech startups. However, overcoming the protectionist tendencies of industry incumbents is one thing, dealing with outdated federal regulations is another. These laws include the Copeland Anti-kickback Act (1934), the Stark Law (1990) that bans a physician from doing referrals in which there is a conflict of interest, and the patient privacy HIPAA Act (1996). Created with noble intentions, these regulations are widely recognized barriers to aligning health care stakeholder relationships with the essential needs of the patients. They also impede digital-based solutions and stifle innovation, and as such need to be replaced with contemporary regulations that protect patient confidentiality while fostering greater flexibility and empowering digital transformation.
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Computer can tell doctors when your heart will fail

Computer can tell doctors when your heart will fail | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Artificial intelligence software that can predict when a heart is going to fail by analysing scans of it beating has been developed by British scientists. The technology could help doctor
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Will artificial intelligence help to crack biology? | The Economist

Will artificial intelligence help to crack biology? | The Economist | Digital Health | Scoop.it

IN A former leatherworks just off Euston Road in London, a hopeful firm is starting up. BenevolentAI’s main room is large and open-plan. In it, scientists and coders sit busily on benches, plying their various trades. The firm’s star, though, has a private, temperature-controlled office. That star is a powerful computer that runs the software which sits at the heart of BenevolentAI’s business.

 

This software is an artificial-intelligence system.

AI, as it is known for short, comes in several guises. But BenevolentAI’s version of it is a form of machine learning that can draw inferences about what it has learned. In particular, it can process natural language and formulate new ideas from what it reads. Its job is to sift through vast chemical libraries, medical databases and conventionally presented scientific papers, looking for potential drug molecules.

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What the FDA did in digital health in 2016

What the FDA did in digital health in 2016 | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Over and above clearing a number of devices, the FDA had a busy year in 2016, passing a number of draft and final guidances related to digital health, having some notable conversations with vendors, and even turning down some devices whose FDA clearance was expected this year. We've rounded up the year's 510(k)'s in a separate article, but here's a rundown on some of the other actions the regulatory body took, as well as a brief look ahead at what 2017 might have in store for the FDA.
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Technology revolutionising behavioral and mental health care

Technology revolutionising behavioral and mental health care | Digital Health | Scoop.it
There is currently tremendous innovation happening in the behavioral and mental health care space with many digital health startups and initiatives using technology to try to address one of society’s most pressing issues.For healthcare providers and those in the mental health industry, there is a critical need for innovation, given the ongoing challenges of bringing behavioral and mental health into the care continuum. According to data from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), one in five Americans have a diagnosable mental disorder, or roughly 43 million people. And, nearly 10 million Americans have serious functional impairment due to a mental illness, such as a psychotic or serious mood or anxiety disorder. What’s more, NIMH also estimates that serious mental illness costs America $193 billion in lost earnings per year.
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New wearable predicts if you’re getting flu

New wearable predicts if you’re getting flu | Digital Health | Scoop.it
The new way of tracking and predicting flu outbreaks is an example of how hospitals create with technology which can be commercialized. With the new development – a wearable thermometer - the Thermia online health educational tool was developed at Boston Children's Hospital. The system, when tested out, predicted seasonal influenza outbreaks in China one month earlier than ahead of conventional epidemiological tracking.
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Google: We're not a big healthcare company... yet - PMLiVE

Google: We're not a big healthcare company... yet - PMLiVE | Digital Health | Scoop.it
Published earlier this year, Connected World explores the consequences of the digital age, moving with ease from the death of privacy to the rise of artificial intelligence.For its ‘in conversation’ format author Philip Larrey, the chair of logic at the Pontifical Lateran University, speaks to a cast of luminaries that includes Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt and WPP’s Sir Martin Sorrell.It’s the interview with Schmidt that is particularly pertinent for these pages, not least given a recent EY report, which concludes: “Make no mistake: technology firms, wellness companies and other non-traditional players awash in consumer and patient data are encroaching on traditional biopharmaceutical territory.”
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People want to share their health data with Google, report reveals

People want to share their health data with Google, report reveals | Digital Health | Scoop.it
The highly anticipated report, Internet Trends 2017, reveals that people are willing to share their health data with leading tech brands such as Google, proving their position in the digital health market.The information is cited in investor and tech analyst Mary Meeker’s report, Internet Trends, which is highly regarded in the tech community for its insights into trends and predictions.As part of the 31 May report, Meeker notes a survey stating that 60% (of US) consumers are willing to share their health data with tech giant Google in 2016, closely followed by Microsoft at 56%, Samsung, 54% and Apple at 50% – based on 4,015 respondents.The other end of the graph showed consumers didn’t trust Amazon.com Inc. and IBM Corp. as much, with the companies only being trusted by 39% and 37% of people.
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IBM and University of Alberta built AI capable of schizophrenia diagnosis

IBM and University of Alberta built AI capable of schizophrenia diagnosis | Digital Health | Scoop.it
The research team first trained the neural network using 95 fMRI anonymized scans from the Functional Biomedical Informatics Research Network, comprising both a healthy control group and patients with schizophrenia. From this data, the AI came up with a predictive model that allowed it to predict if a patient suffered from schizophrenia with 74-percent accuracy. In the process, the AI also helped doctors discover a potential method of diagnosing the disorder based on said blood flow imaging.
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Parkinson's Digital Challenge Uses Mobile, Remote Data to Monitor Health

Parkinson's Digital Challenge Uses Mobile, Remote Data to Monitor Health | Digital Health | Scoop.it
The Parkinson’s Disease Digital Biomarker DREAM Challenge was just launched by Sage Bionetworks as the first of a series of open, crowd-funded projects designed to help researchers identify ways to use smartphones and remote sensing devices to monitor health and disease.The first DREAM Challenge will focus on using sensors to identify aspects of Parkinson’s disease (PD) severity. Results, which are expected this fall, should provide best practices and tools to advance the development of Parkinson’s digital biomarkers, as well as to advance the mobile health community.
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£86 million central funding pot for healthcare technology

£86 million central funding pot for healthcare technology | Digital Health | Scoop.it
A £86 million fund for investment in in innovative healthcare technology has been announced by the government, which will include the launch of a new Digital Health Catalyst.Unveiled last week, the multi-million pound fund will support small and medium sized enterprises to develop, test and integrate new technologies in the NHS.The money is provided jointly by Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department of Health.There will be a £35 million digital health technology catalyst for innovators that will be used to match fund health technology.Ben Moody, head of health and social care at techUK, said in a statement that this catalyst will be “a great boost for innovators in the sector”.
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Asthma news: New FREE app that tells you when your next ATTACK will happen

Asthma news: New FREE app that tells you when your next ATTACK will happen | Digital Health | Scoop.it
ASTHMA attacks can occur at anytime, but a new smartphone app has been created telling you when it’s most likely to hit.
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NHS to start prescribing health apps that help manage conditions

NHS to start prescribing health apps that help manage conditions | Digital Health | Scoop.it
The future of healthcare could be in your pocket. Two new medical apps that help people monitor their health at home, reducing their need to visit a doctor, are set to be rolled out to as many as four UK National Health Service trusts over the next year.The apps, which are currently being trialled in four hospitals in Oxfordshire, UK, transmit patient data from a tablet or smartphone directly to clinicians. According to Ilan Lieberman, a member of the Royal Society of Medicine’s council on telemedicine and ehealth, such apps will have a huge impact on the management of chronic diseases.One system, called GDm-health, helps manage the treatment of gestational diabetes – a condition that affects about 1 in 10 pregnant women. The smartphone app lets women send each blood glucose reading they take at home to their diabetes clinician.
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Sorry, Silicon Valley, but ‘disruption’ isn’t a cure-all - The Boston Globe

Sorry, Silicon Valley, but ‘disruption’ isn’t a cure-all - The Boston Globe | Digital Health | Scoop.it
WHEN IT comes to addressing epidemics — and a lot of other global challenges — the Silicon Valley startup mentality doesn’t work.I study how infectious diseases spread. Late last year, a colleague and I found ourselves pitching our science to an organization that spends millions of tech-industry dollars to accelerate and disrupt the kind of research we do. Their representative was just out of college, and he carried himself with the aggressively relaxed manner of a new Silicon Valley convert. Despite his confidence, it soon became clear that he knew virtually nothing about epidemiology, biostatistics, health systems, or health policy. He was nevertheless convinced that cash and some programmers should be able to fix global health.
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Robot pal will keep older people active by pushing their buttons

Robot pal will keep older people active by pushing their buttons | Digital Health | Scoop.it
A designer robot that nags you to take your pills, go for a walk or phone your children could be your companion in old age.The Elli.Q resembles a small speaker with an attached tablet computer. It was created by the Swiss designer Yves Béhar and Intuitive Robotics, an Israeli company, and is being displayed at the New Old exhibition at the Design Museum.It can do similar things to the Amazon Echo smart speaker, such as switching on music or TV programmes, making Skype calls or turning up the heating in response to voice commands. However, unlike Echo, which waits for your orders, Elli.Q suggests activities based on your previous behaviour and recommendations by family members.
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UK's NHS trials AI app as alternative to medical helpline

UK's NHS trials AI app as alternative to medical helpline | Digital Health | Scoop.it
The UK National Health Service is to trial an artificially intelligent (AI) medical application in place of its NHS 111 non-emergency helpline.The app comes from Babylon Health, a UK start-up specializing in remote healthcare applications. It enables users to type their symptoms into a chat box – much like texting – and the app will perform triage for urgent but non-life-threatening conditions.The trial is set to start at the end of January, meaning that for the next six months more than 1.2m people in north central London will be able to access the app, according to the FT.
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Got a chronic disease? There will soon be a prescription app for that

The era of "Quantified Self" (a term coined in 2007 by US WIRED founding executive editor Kevin Kelly) is relatively new. The first Fitbit digital step counters launched in late 2009 and we've since seen an explosion of various wearables, apps and digital health devices all riding the exponential wave of smaller and cheaper mobile-connected and app-ified sensors and computing.
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