November 16, 2018
Four years after announcing an ambitious — and often ridiculed — project to create a glucose-sensing lens along with Novartis subsidiary Alcon, Alphabet's Verily is throwing in the towel, the company announced in a blog post today. It will continue to work on two other medical lens projects, aimed at presbyopia and cataract surgery recovery.
"Our clinical work on the glucose-...
November 9, 2018
Geisinger CEO David Feinberg is moving over to Google to head up its healthcare sector. Yesterday Geisinger announced that Feinberg is stepping down and Dr. Jaewon Ryu will be taking over as interim president and CEO of the organization.
While Geisinger's announcement was relatively vague about what Feinberg will be doing at Google, CNBC reports that his job will entail streamlining and...
October 1, 2018
Last week two venture branches of Silicon Valley’s biggest names, Amazon’s Alexa Fund and the Google Assistant Investment Program, announced investments in patient voice assistant Aiva, which specializes in hands-free communication between patients and caregivers. While the investment amounts have not be publicly announced, the company revealed its other investors include Act One Ventures, Mucker...
Indu Subaiya and Ricardo Prada chat on stage at Health 2.0's Fall Conference.
September 21, 2018
Data privacy has long been a concern in healthcare, but the past year has seen consumers increasingly concerned about whether or not their devices are always listening. Speaking onstage at Health 2.0's Fall Conference this week in Santa Clara, California with Health 2.0 cofounder and EVP Indu Subaiya, Ricardo Prada, principal UX researcher at Google, said that his company is well aware of the...
September 20, 2018
Focus on Innovation
In September, we take a deep dive into the cutting-edge development and disruption of healthcare innovation.
September 20, 2018
RapidSOS’ latest deal with Google will allow emergency communication centers using RapidSOS’ platform to more quickly and accurately pinpoint Android users’ location when
they dial 911. Specifically, the system will utilize Android Emergency Location Service (ELS), a feature supported on 99 percent of Android devices, and comes after a January pilot conducted by the two companies.
September 13, 2018
Google Street Breathe? San Francisco-based startup Aclima has announced plans to outfit Google’s fleet of camera-sporting Street View vehicles with mobile air quality and climate emissions sensors. According to the company, all of the data collected using the new system will be aggregated and made available as a public dataset on Google BigQuery. The companies are planning an initial rollout of...
August 30, 2018
Garmin’s new gadget. Garmin isn’t giving any ground to Fitbit with the announcement of its vívosmart 4 activity tracker, which will add pulse oximetry and new sleep analysis features, echoing its competitor’s Charge 3 announcement last week.
But vívofit 4 will also include unique features like “Body Battery”, which “estimates the body’s energy reserves, letting users know the optimal time for...
August 21, 2018
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio has partnered with Propeller Health to provide sensor-equipped inhaler attachments to plan members with COPD. The rollout will give members access to Propeller’s medication tracker app, while providing an online provider portal for the insurer’s care management team.
“There’s currently no cure for COPD, but much can be done to help consumers treat the...
August 21, 2018
The Google Fit exercise app is getting a facelift this week with new activity and heart health tracking goals based on recommendations from leading health organizations, the tech giant announced today.
“There’s a lot of talk out there about how to stay active and healthy: ‘get your steps in,’ ‘sitting is the new smoking,’ ‘no pain, no gain.’ It can feel overwhelming,” Margaret Hollendoner, head...