Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Connected Health Newsletter: Archives December 2016


Fitbit and Medtronic partner to tackle diabetes
Fitness wearables company Fitbit is partnering with Dublin-based Medtronic to integrate health and activity tracking for patients living with diabetes and their physicians and care teams.
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IBM develops robot to care for elderly



IBM Research has created a prototype multi-purpose eldercare robot assistant in collaboration with Texas-based Rice University.
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Kyocera mhealth sensor measures blood flow



Japanese company Kyocera has developed one of the smallest known optical blood-flow sensors for measuring the volume of blood flow in subcutaneous tissue.
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Bodycap wearables check astronaut health on International Space Station



Two of French company Bodycap’s wearable health monitoring devices are being used by European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet aboard the International Space Station.
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Boston hospital tests remote patient monitoring
A pilot at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston, USA, aims to evaluate how technology and home-based care delivery can be leveraged to treat patients who would otherwise be admitted to the hospital.
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AMA forms Xcertia to promote mobile health app best practices
The American Medical Association (AMA) has formed a multi-stakeholder collaboration, Xcertia, dedicated to improving the quality, safety and effectiveness of mobile health apps.
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TrainerMD and Styku partner on 3D body scanning for wearable wellness



HIPAA compliant software collaboration platform TrainerMD has added Styku 3D body scanning technology to what it claims is the industry’s first prescribed wearable wellness programme.
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Philadelphia’s digital health start-ups receive $6m boost
Early stage digital health companies in Philadelphia are to get a boost through a $6m funding initiative through a collaboration of Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Independence Health Group and Safeguard Scientifics
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Philips uses machine learning to help radiologists analyse images



At last week’s Radiological Society of North America’s annual meeting in Chicago, Philips introduced IntelliSpace Portal 9.0, a visual analysis and quantification platform with machine learning capabilities.
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Smart mattress tracks sleep and even warms the bed



A smart mattress from New York start-up Eight can help users get better sleep using four layers of responsive and high-density foam, plus a technology layer that tracks sleep, warms each side of the bed individually, and connects to other smart home devices.
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Ava raises nearly $10m to advance fertility tracking bracelet



Ava, the Swiss start-up that developed a fertility tracking sensor bracelet, has raised $9.7m in a series A round led by European venture capitalist Polytech Ecosystem Ventures.
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Everlight ambient sensor checks heart rate in wearables



Taiwanese company Everlight Electronics has developed an ambient light sensor for heart rate signal detection in wearable electronics for the health and fitness industry.
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Healthcare is the next big thing, says angel investor Andy Richards



Health care is the next big target for investors in technology, according to UK entrepreneur and angel investor Andy Richards, speaking at last week’s annual lecture at Biocity, a bioscience incubation centre in Nottingham, UK.
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French-start up uses AI to analyse sports performance



French start-up PIQ is bringing artificial intelligence into sports wearables with technology that can identify athletes’ winning factors, highlighting the key strength they should leverage to succeed.
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Open source software makes machine learning accessible to healthcare workers
Health Catalyst believes its healthcare.ai repository of healthcare-focused open source software can make machine learning accessible to thousands of healthcare professionals.
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Massachusetts University establishes digital health centre



The University of Massachusetts is establishing a centre for digital health helped by a $125,000 grant from the UMass President’s Science & Technology Initiatives Fund.
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