Symptomate is a patient-facing diagnostic tool (similar to WebMD and other well-known sites). It's included here to show how simple logic and simple UX can be used to quickly aid in patient self-triage.
Genomic sequencing and analysis is a healthcare technological innovation that is loaded with promise, as well as concern around moral and ethical consequences of genomic data and the many competing incentives for its use—such as insurers and patients.
PatientsLikeMe uses data and community to offer a new approach to patients who want to learn more about their conditions (and share health data with researchers).
What if you went for a surgical consultation and learned your surgeon was, at least in part, a highly skilled robot? Da Vinci Surgical Systems is providing the technology to revolutionize the operating room by pairing humans and machines.
The case for robotic surgery and the future of surgery is explained by Catherine Mohr, President of the Intuitive Foundation
The impact of bias in AI systems is significant. Source data can have sample bias, such as under-representing people of color. When AI-derived strategies are based on datasets with these embedded biases, they then reinforce the biases present in the original sample. Chris Hemphill, a healthcare AI expert, explains how to make more equitable health strategies.
PillPack and Pharmacy OS (now owned by Amazon) is a platform play that aims to improve health outcomes (and reduce costs and hassle) for patients, payers, doctors, and pharmacies.
Death and grieving are thorny topics that are difficult for many people to process, especially in the frenetic age of social media and compounding economy- and pandemic-related stress. However, in the midst of this chaos, a new venue for coming together, metaverse technologies have given people a new place to come together and process grief—even if they can't leave their beds.
The combination of community, marketplace, infrastructure and data into a multi-sided platform like Apple’s health and wellness tools means that developers—from small players with unique app ideas to big players wishing to quickly implement new, ‘digital’ offerings—can focus on what they do best.
Forward Health, a California startup, aims to provide highly personalized boutique-style healthcare, informed by advanced diagnostics, at more accessible prices.
Amazon is promising to add value for its customers by offering cheap and easy access to commonly prescribed medications as a benefit of Prime Membership (50 or so generic medications are available for a flat $5/month). What will the implications be? This kind of program may just be a loss-leader attracting people to the Amazon Pharmacy/PillPack offerings, but it also could be the beginning of a larger attempt to disrupt the US pharma industry.
CaringBridge, a peer-to-peer social network, helps families and friends gather around loved ones in need to help them coordinate both professional and familial care, raise funds and share updates with each other.
Precision medicine and genome sequencing have massive potential to revolutionize health and medicine—but are only as good as our data capabilities. This slightly older article is still relevant—It articulates the complexity and importance of managing data in medical innovation.
Woebot Health has created an AI chatbot that applies a combination of clinically tested psychological techniques alongside AI and NLP technologies—aiming to challenge users' thinking and assist them in shifting their mindsets for the better.
A new device, the "iLet," is a diabetes-focused implant that uses sensors and algorithms to compute the exact amount of insulin to release into the bloodstream—removing the burdensome (and sometimes impossible) task of requiring patients to compute the carbohydrate content of their meals.
Walgreens created a prescription refill API to help providers and other stakeholders coordinate actions and data related to the refill process, with the aim of improving treatment plan adherence and reducing costs and errors.
Algorithmic decision-making in healthcare settings promises to provide better, more equitable and efficient care—but can only do so if we shift mindsets and provide good data into those systems. The qqual rights watchdog American Civil Liberties Union lays out the risks of both action and inaction.
Want to go to the river, but unsure if you'll be swarmed by a cloud of mosquitos? Fear not, friend—data scientists and the bug repellant brand Off have come together to provide a tool that predicts mosquito populations via machine algorithm and live weather data.
AR/VR technology can transform the practice of surgery and medical care. Fraunhofer's suite of software serve as machine coworkers to provide data-backed decision support about the best strategies for surgical interventions and risk reduction.
Is it the new Marvel movie with heroic doctors? No, it's real-world AR/VR technology giving surgeons superpowers.
Getting your lab tests done shouldn't be painful or frustrating. AccuVein is an augmented reality tool that uses near-infrared technology to help practitioners find a vein with ease.
Figs captured the attention of the healthcare industry by offering scrubs as a lifestyle brand with more in common with fashion than with stiff and scratchy uniforms. Figs see the value in self-expression and empower their customers to be "Awesome Humans" who take pride in their profession and appearance.
This "Dear Apple" video shows real users of the Apple Watch who have written to Apple to share how the device has changed their lives. Each user had a positive experience based on little data—the data about them as an individual. Watch it to experience what little data feels like versus the more generic strategies of big data.
Procedures live on even after they’ve been proved ineffective. It can lead to harms and wasted resources. This piece unpacks what it means to unlearn stuck ways of operating amongst professionals used to being the 'smartest ones in the room.'