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By Jonah Comstock April 14, 2016
The NIH's Precision Medicine Initiative has selected Eric Dishman, former director of health innovation and policy at Intel, to serve as director of the PMI's Cohort Program.  "Eric will lead NIH’s effort to build the PMI landmark longitudinal research study of one million or more U.S. volunteers to expand our ability to improve health and treat disease through precision medicine," NIH Director...
By Aditi Pai February 25, 2016
This summer, National Institutes of Health (NIH) will launch a Participant Technologies Center to test and maintain connected sensor technologies as part of the White House’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI), NIH Director Francis Collins announced today at the Precision Medicine Summit. Vanderbilt University, with help from Verily (formerly known as Google Live Sciences) as advisors, will...
By Jonah Comstock January 12, 2016
There are many approaches to using digital technology to promote medication adherence, from tiny sensors embedded in pills to Bluetooth-connected pill boxes, to simple reminder apps. There’s something of a trade-off between hardware offerings, which provide real validation and accountability but can be expensive to deploy and scale, and software offerings, which are very easy to scale, but have a...
By Aditi Pai December 1, 2015
The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, a division of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded a group of researchers from UCLA and USC $6 million to develop technology designed for children that predicts their asthma attacks. Researchers working on this project are a part of NIH's $144 million Pediatric Research Integrating Sensor Monitoring Systems (PRISMS)...
By Jonah Comstock November 17, 2015
Health app maker Azumio has partnered with Stanford University to make deidentified, anonymized data from a cohort of 5 million users available for research purposes. The study will be sponsored by a grant from the National Institutes of Health. Azumio makes a number of different health tracking apps that track different biometrics including activity, heart rate, sleep, and diet, but the company...
By Aditi Pai October 14, 2015
Lead Researcher Santosh Kumar Just one year into the four-year Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge (MD2K) initiative, research project academics at 11 different universities have undertaken to identify adverse health events and risk factors using mobile sensor data. The group has already been able to build computational models that identify a risk factors for stress as well as ways to identify...
By Jonah Comstock July 7, 2015
Fitbit Surge It looks like the NIH may be the next big stakeholder to look to mobile tools for data collection in clinical research, joining the likes of Apple and Google. As part of the White House's Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI), announced in January during the State of the Union address, the NIH is considering using smartphones and wearables for data collection, according to a new...
By Jonah Comstock February 26, 2015
Since 2010, doctors from UCLA and the University of Michigan have been working with Ironwood Pharmaceuticals on a project called My GI Health, which leverages computers and apps to improve doctor-patient communication around gastrointestinal disorders. At an ePharma Summit update session, Dr. Brennan Spiegel, a gastroenterologist formerly associated with UCLA and now working at Cedars-Sinai...
By Aditi Pai February 3, 2015
Sherry Pagoto, Associate Professor of Medicine, UMMS Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Worcester Polytechnic Institute have developed an app that helps people understand why they are overeating. The team was awarded $2 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for this project. The app, called Relax, is designed for patients who are in clinical...
By Jonah Comstock November 21, 2014
Diagnosing autism remotely, from videos taken with a parent’s smartphone, was found to be 87 percent as accurate as in-person diagnosis in a small preliminary study funded by an NIH grant. The NODA system (Naturalistic Observation Diagnosis Assessment) is an app developed by Boise, Idaho-based Behavior Imaging Solutions in partnership with Georgia Tech and Southwest Autism Research and Resource...

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