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By Jonah Comstock October 5, 2015
MedWatcher, from Epidemico. We've written before about Epidemico, a startup that grew out of the Boston Children's Hospital's work on combing social media for medical and health data. Today at the Health 2.0 conference in Santa Clara, California, Greg Powell, director of pharmacovigilance at GlaxoSmithKline, talked about how the pharma company uses the data it collects from its partnership...
By Jonah Comstock June 10, 2015
Asking "Dr. Google" about a medical problem isn't just a questionable way to get good answers -- it's also a potential security risk, according to research by Tim Libert, a University of Pennsylvania doctoral student, who was recently featured on NPR's All Tech Considered. "Anything that is happening on the web today is pretty much completely unregulated," Libert told NPR's Robert Siegel. "There...
By Jonah Comstock June 8, 2015
David Ebersman Lyra Health, a startup that launched last week, will focus on addressing the gaps in the healthcare system surrounding behavioral health conditions like anxiety and depression. David Ebersman, former CFO of Facebook and Genentech, will helm the new company, which already has seed funding from Ebersman and venture capital firm Venrock. Ebersman's co-founder, Chief Medical Officer...
By Aditi Pai March 26, 2015
Redwood, California-based health app maker Hello Heart has raised $1.3 million in a round led by Resolute Ventures with participation from angel investors including Waze CEO Noam Bardin, BlueRun ventures Co-founder John Malloy, and Facebook Product Director Ran Makavy. “We set out to do one thing -- make it simple, painless, and even fun to track and understand your medical data," Hello Heart CEO...
By Aditi Pai March 12, 2015
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a branch of the US Department of Health and Human Services, has launched a new training tool, an app called Suicide Safe, for behavioral health and primary care providers. Suicide Safe is based on the suicide assessment five-step evaluation and triage (SAFE-T) practice guidelines. Providers can use the app to learn the five steps in ...
By Aditi Pai February 26, 2015
Facebook has partnered with several mental health organizations including Forefront, Now Matters Now, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and Save.org to offer its users more tools to help those who may be considering committing suicide. Facebook already offers users a way to report a friend's post if a user thinks their friend has posted suicidal content. Now, Facebook has rolled out...
By Aditi Pai November 5, 2014
Digital health startup founders who spoke at the Digital Healthcare Innovation Summit in Boston this week debated the nuances of engaging patients outside of the doctor's office. The panel discussion included Wellframe CEO Jacob Sattelmair and The Activity Exchange Cofounder Christine Lemke. "For us, we say that healthcare is largely a service industry and it’s actually the provision of service...
By Jonah Comstock October 14, 2014
Tel Aviv, Israel and Palo Alto, California-based Hello Doctor has raised $700,000, according to a report from VentureBeat. The funding is from angel investors from Facebook, Google and some undisclosed pharmacy companies. BlueRun Ventures is a previous investor in the company. Hello Doctor is a mobile personal health record platform that allows a patient to access records from multiple healthcare...
By Aditi Pai August 11, 2014
Researchers from Harvard and Stanford have published a paper in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) that explores how much public data exists on Facebook about several popular health conditions. The study authors, who are from Partners HealthCare's Center for Connected Health, Harvard Medical School, and Stanford University School of Medicine, first identified the 20 most searched...
By Aditi Pai June 26, 2014
Facebook may be an effective medium to deliver theory-based weight loss content to college students, according to a randomized control trial of 404 students conducted by a group of researchers at the Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems, a division of The California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). According to results from the study, the program...

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