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70+ Companies Driving the Future of Healthcare Technology

July 27, 2017

Redox exists because healthcare needs technology. We need it to help clinicians work more efficiently and health systems…

The Rise of Healthcare APIs

June 23, 2017

APIs have been the preferred means of information exchange by developers for some time now. They allow querying…

“Cell”ular Computing: Reprogramming Human Nature

June 8, 2017

Nature is the best innovator; however, sometimes innovations such as disease and sickness…

The Health-Aware Home is Better than the Smart Home

June 1, 2017

Innovations in the home have revolved around making a “smart-home”, which can be controlled from…

Couples Counseling – Coming to a Wrist Near You

May 25, 2017

When X and Y don’t get along, sometimes they need Z to intervene. That’s one simplified explanation of couple’s therapy—when a couple can’t come to an understanding together, they utilize a third party to help uncover and mediate the problem. Apparently, a human isn’t the only one for the job now. Wearables, a new tool for the Couple’s Counselor A team of researchers at USC are running a study to uncover the biometric signals that lead up to a conflict between couples. By outfitting couples with special wearable sensors and smartphones to collect data, they can gain insight into what lies beneath the surface during the conflict. It’s interesting to see them attack a huge and age-old problem in a new way, especially since no one likes to see domestic disputes get out of hand. We can all agree that couples don’t just wake up one day and hate each other, it’s usually a culmination of events - a snowball effect. By tracking body temperature, heart activity, and sweat – three physiological indicators that signal changes in mood, affect, and emotion – Wearable Counselors are looking to melt that snowball before it starts gaining speed. They can line this data up against conversations to match internal cues with external reactions, thus learning if someone’s blood actually boils before they get angry.   They haven’t gone out of their way to induce arguments since that would be unethical, but they have been able to record a lot of data because what couple doesn’t have troubles now and then? So far, their machine-learning algorithm has been able to capture episodes of conflict with 86% accuracy.

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Diagnosing Disorders at Face Value

May 19, 2017

  To an experienced clinician, looking at a child’s face can often be enough…

Closing the OR Scheduling Gap

May 15, 2017

UniteOR recently announced a partnership with us to integrate their surgical loaner…

Wear Your Heart (Rate) on Your Sleeve

May 11, 2017

If you figure out how to sell something people will always need, you’ll never go out of business. And, if you figure out how to sell something within another thing that people will always need... well, you’re just plain brilliant. Take, for example, the materials research institution Empa and their latest discovery: soft sensors for textiles. In other words, what they created are heart rate sensors woven into clothing.

The Google Maps of Health

May 4, 2017

Do you ever feel like the Big Tech companies overstep their boundaries? Like Amazon trying their hand at fashion, Wikipedia launching a news site, or Google getting into healthcare? Wait, rewind that for a second. Did you say Google is....?

48 Companies Bringing AI to Healthcare

April 24, 2017

Rarely does the word “artificial” have a positive connotation—artificial sweetener, artificial food dye, artificial meat, etc……

Lab-Grown Blood, Coming to a Vein Near You

April 20, 2017

Money doesn’t grow on trees—it’s actually grown in a lab, and it’s synthetic human blood. Lab-produced artificial blood…