passive monitoring

By Jonah Comstock January 20, 2015
EarlySense, an Israeli company which makes a passive and contactless bedside monitor that continuously measures respiration rate, heart rate, and motion, has raised $20 million, with $10 million constituting a strategic investment from Samsung. Welch Allyn, which licenses EarlySense's sensor, also contributed, as did other existing investors Pitango Venture Capital, JK&B, Proseed and Noaber...
By Jonah Comstock November 6, 2014
Ginger.io, a health startup focused on passive data collection through smartphones, announced a number of high profile clinical pilots that have been quietly employing its technology. Ginger.io is now working with UC San Francisco, Partners HealthCare (Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and McLean Hospital), Duke University, UC Davis and University of Nebraska Medical...
By Aditi Pai August 21, 2014
Medical device maker HealthSense raised $10 million in equity, debt, and securities in a round led by Mansa Capital with additional investment from existing investors Merck Global Health Innovation Fund and Radius Ventures. Another existing investor that wasn't mentioned in this round is Fallon Community Health Plan. This brings the company's total funding to date to at least $17 million. “Mansa...
By Jonah Comstock April 29, 2013
A new player has entered the already-crowded activity tracking field, with no $100 device to plug in, charge or sync. Moves, from Finnish startup ProtoGeo, is an activity tracker, but it takes the form of a free iPhone app rather than a wearable device, using a smartphone's built-in accelerometer and GPS to track movement continuously throughout the day. The app has had 1.5 million downloads...
By Jonah Comstock April 17, 2013
Deborah Estrin One of the themes of this year's TEDMED conference was data liberation, kicked off by two speakers: Deborah Estrin, a computer scientist at Cornell Tech and Amy Abernethy, a cancer researcher at Duke Clinical Research Center. Estrin and Abernethy each talked about a rich source of data that could revolutionize healthcare, but isn't currently being tapped; Estrin talked about the "...
By Jonah Comstock March 1, 2013
The Misfit Shine is an example of a partially passive wearable sensor. The future of sensors won't be handheld devices like Star Trek's tricorder. It will be invisible sensors in your shoes, floorboards, and cars that quietly collect your health data, analyze it, and alert you, your doctor, or your loved ones only when something goes wrong. That's the prediction in "Making Sense of Sensors: How...
By Jonah Comstock January 29, 2013
Passive behavior monitoring and analytics company Ginger.io is now soliciting participants for a diabetes pilot study, building on the work that won them the Sanofi Data Design Diabetes Innovation Challenge in 2011. Ginger.io, which recently raised $6.5 million in a round led by Khosla Ventures, makes passive monitoring software for smartphones, with the goal of creating profiles for how...
By Neil Versel December 13, 2012
The University of Arkansas team that developed the "e-bra" – a remote monitoring system embedded in the fabric of base layers – has big plans for unobtrusive, wearable sensing technology. Think products that can replace expensive, inconvenient diagnostic testing and even predict heart attack and stroke. The team, led by neurosurgeon Dr. Vijay Varadan, distinguished professor of electrical...
By Neil Versel December 6, 2012
Nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and other senior residences, it is time to join the 21st Century. Those panic buttons you routinely give your residents have got to go. Now. If you grew up in the 1980s like I did, you know that "I've fallen and I can't get up" became as much a part of the lexicon as "Where's the beef?" or "I pity the fool." That was the tagline for an early personal...

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