Health Wearables Still In Its Early Days, PwC Reports Reveals

Health Wearables PwC Report

Health wearables are still in the early stages of technology and product adoption cycles, according to PwC’s Consumer Intelligence Series – The Wearable Future report – an extensive U.S. research project that surveyed 1,000 consumers, wearable technology influencers and business executives, as well as monitored social media chatter, to explore the technology’s impact on society and business. In conjunction with The Wearable Future report, PwC’s Health Research Institute (HRI) also launched a
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See-Through Brain Sensor Helps Researchers Better View Brain Activity

Image: Justin Williams research group

A team of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers have developed a see-through brain sensor to help neural researchers better view and understand brain activity. Neural researchers study, monitor or stimulate the brain using imaging techniques in conjunction with implantable sensors that allow them to continuously capture and associate fleeting brain signals with the brain activity they can see. However, it’s difficult to see brain activity when there are sensors blocking the view. The team
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Google Partners to Create Cancer Genomics Cloud Platform

Google Cancer Research

The Research at Google team is partnering with the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) and SRA International, Inc to develop a Cancer Genomics Cloud (CGC). The platform will serve as a large-scale data repository and provide the computational infrastructure necessary to carry out cancer genomics research at unprecedented scales. The $6.5M two-year project funded by the NIH’s National Cancer Institute (NCI) will migrate data collected from the TCGA (The Cancer Genome Atlas) to Google Cloud
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AARP and UnitedHealthcare Launches The Longevity Network

AARP and UnitedHealthcare Launches The Longevity Network1

Today at the 2014 HealthTech Conference in San Mateo, AARP and UnitedHealthcare announced the launch of “The Longevity Network” to promote innovations in health care that will improve the quality of people’s lives as they age. The platform will serve as a central hub where entrepreneurs, advocates and consumers can share information and access ideas, press and other media, social feeds and event invitations about health care innovation for the 50+ community. According to a study from Parks
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Philips Debuts Wearable Diagnostic Prototype for COPD Patients

Phillips Debuts Wearable Diagnostic Prototype

Today at the Dreamforce 2014 conference in San Francisco, Royal Philips and Nijmegen NL-based Radboud university medical center (Radboudumc) announced the debut of a wearable diagnostic prototype to support patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The launch marks the start of joint explorations between Philips and Radboudumc to apply mobile, digital and cloud technologies to improve patient outcomes, care coordination and patient empowerment across the health continuum. How
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Are Health Wearables Evangelists Fools?

Health Wearables Study 1

  Have the skeptics won? Late last month, TechnologyAdvice released an interesting study looking at whether most people want to use health wearables such as fitness trackers and other tools for health purposes. Here are the top-line results of this study: - 75 percent of U.S. adults do not track their weight, diet, or exercise using a health tracking apps or devices - 43.7 percent had no specific reason for not tracking their fitness  - 27.2 percent won't use these devices
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StartUp Health Unveils Newest Class of 13 Healthcare Transformers

StartUp Health Reveals New Class of 16 Healthcare Transformers

StartUp Health, a global startup platform accelerating innovation in health and wellness, today announced the addition of thirteen new companies to its portfolio, bringing the total to 84 companies. The new companies represent a diverse range of sub-sectors, from big data and medication adherence to patient engagement and nutrition and includes four international companies, four based in the Midwest, and eight female founders. The New York based accelerator has the largest portfolio of digital
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WebMD and Walgreens Partner to Integrate Digital Health Improvement Programs

WebMD Healthy Target Biometric Data

WebMD Health Corp. and Walgreen Co. are partnering to integrate new digital health improvement programs designed to improve health and wellness in America by helping and incenting consumers to make healthier choices at home, work and on-the-go. In the coming months, the companies will work together to provide WebMD’s virtual wellness-coaching programs directly to Walgreens customers. Walgreens will also incorporate WebMD content on a variety of health topics, co-branded by WebMD and
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Digital Health Funding Surpasses Over $3B in Q3 of 2014

Digital Health Funding Surpasses Over $3B in Q3 of 2014

Digital health funding has officially surpassed the $3B mark in Q3 of 2014 representing over 100% year over year growth, according to report from Rock Health, a full service seed fund for digital health startups. The report found the average deal size for the year dropped $2.5M per deal to $13.1M since the mid-year mark.  The largest funding deals in Q3 2014 include Proteus Digital Health ($52M), Teladoc ($50.3), and Chunyu ($50M). Analytics and big data startups raked in $381M leading the
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75% of Adults Do Not Use Health Tracking Apps or Devices

Health Tracking Apps or Devices

75 percent of adults do not track their weight, diet, or exercise using a health tracking apps or devices, according a new nationwide survey conducted by TechnologyAdvice. The most commonly cited reasons for not tracking fitness or health is: - no specific reason for not tracking their fitness (43.7 percent) - a general lack of interest (27.2 percent) - concerns over device cost (17.7 percent) The report reveals while health tracking apps and devices have created an unprecedented
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