Boston Children's Hospital

By MHN Staff April 14, 2016
As we do every quarter, MobiHealthNews has rounded up our Q1 2016 coverage into a handful of longform stories. This section is focused on provider-related digital health news. Skip ahead using these links to read Q1 digital health news roundups about M&A, payers, pharma, and funding. Big movers in Q1: Apple, Harvard and Stanford   Apple once again made some big announcements this quarter that...
By Jonah Comstock April 12, 2016
After hinting about it in a recent interview, Boston Children's Hospital has officially launched its partnership with Amazon Echo, which gives the voice-powered home appliance a new "skill" that will allow it to give simple health advice to parents about their children's' fever and medication dosing. Called KidsMD, the Alexa app is just the first step in a plan to bring Boston Children's medical...
By Jonah Comstock April 6, 2016
Innovation seems to be slower to come to the mental health field than other areas of medicine, and it’s not just limited to digital health innovation. At a panel at the HxR event in Boston yesterday, a number of experts questioned why that is and shared some aspects of mobile mental health apps they’re developing.  “Over a 10-year period of time, $9.1 billion went into oncology, while 0.9 billion...
By Jonah Comstock March 31, 2016
Under new innovation chief John Brownstein, Boston Children's Hospital is looking both outward and inward for new medical technologies, including some planned work with Amazon's Echo team, Brownstein told Xconomy in a recent interview. About three months ago, BCH revamped its Innovation Accelerator program into a new accelerator called IDHA (Innovation and Digital Health Accelerator) which draws...
By Jonah Comstock March 29, 2016
Boston Children's Hospital has launched its second Apple ResearchKit study, Feverprints. Rather than a focus on a particular disease, Feverprints aims to study fevers in general and challenge centuries-old assumptions about what's normal. "For hundreds of years temperature has been associated with human disease, but we really don’t know that much about it," Jared Hawkins, director of informatics...
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...