Boston Children's Hospital

By Jonah Comstock January 26, 2016
A number of public and private initiatives have been launched over the years in the name of a personal health record for patients. But one way or another, they've all failed to gain traction, according to Drs. Isaac Kohane and Kenneth Mandl of the Harvard-affiliated Boston Children's Hospital, who published an editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine last week. The authors believe now...
By Jonah Comstock December 1, 2015
It's hard to imagine a better blend of high tech and low tech than an iPhone stuck to the bottom of a plastic bucket. But that combination is exactly what the diagnosis of vestibular conditions in children calls for, according to physicians at Boston Children's Hospital, who recently validated the technique in a paper published in the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology....
By Jonah Comstock November 20, 2015
With every new innovator in digital health, it seems like there's a temptation to crown an "Uber for Health" that will disrupt the industry in a radical consumer-facing way. But lately, it looks like Uber itself might be interested in that title. Over the last week, Uber has collaborated with three different digital health companies and named Boston Children's Hospital's John Brownstein its first...
By Aditi Pai November 10, 2015
Boston Children's Hospital released data from a discharge app pilot they launched last year and announced three partnerships, with Rock Health, IBM, and Grand Rounds. Early data from the Boston Children's discharge app pilot found that 99 percent of patients said the app was useful, up from 82 percent from the first phase of the pilot, which ended two years ago. The discharge app used for these...
By Jonah Comstock September 14, 2015
IBM's new health-focused venture, Watson Health, opened its headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts last week, amid the same kind of flurry of announcements and partnerships that marked its launch last April. A partnership with Teva Pharmaceuticals was one of the biggest headlines, but the company is also working with ICON, Boston Children's and Columbia Medical, and announced it just received a...
By Jonah Comstock August 21, 2015
Google Flu Trends, as a website open to the general public, has shut down. The Google Flu Trends team will continue to track flu patterns based on search history, but it will now provide that data directly to public health researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, Boston Children’s Hospital, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Influenza Division....
By Jonah Comstock June 15, 2015
Boston Children's Hospital has tapped John Brownstein, currently the director of the hospital's computational epidemiology group, as its new Chief Innovation Officer. Brownstein will succeed Naomi Fried, who left the company at the end of December to become Vice President of Medical Information, Innovation, and External Partnerships at Biogen Idec. "John Brownstein, PhD, was the top management...
By Jonah Comstock May 6, 2015
Boston Children's Hospital's HealthMap A new editorial in Nature Biotech poses the idea of the "digital phenotype" as a catch-all term for the trail of relevant health data people leave behind in their interactions with the internet, social media, and technology, which has largely untapped potential for the early detection of various conditions. CareMore Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sachin Jain...
By Aditi Pai April 16, 2015
At Boston Children's Hospital's second annual Innovator's Showcase this week, researchers and clinicians presented a number of new technology-focused offerings that are currently in use or being tested at the hospital. Here are four digital health tools that were on display at the showcase. RNSafe -- Boston Children's FastTrack Innovation in Technology (FIT) team is testing a new app, called...
By Jonah Comstock April 2, 2015
John Brownstein's Computational Epidemiology Group at Boston Children’s Hospital has received attention in the past for its efforts to use data streams from social media, along with publicly available data from the government, to predict outbreaks of disease. Under Brownstein's directorship, the team has mined Yelp for the foods most likely to cause food poisoning, helped aggregate data about the...

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