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Category: Emerging Technologies

The hunt for behavioral health biomarkers is harnessing digital health at the research stage

Article Excerpt: Digital health companies are going through an interesting transformation as research institutions realize the benefit of their technology to collect and manage data for a host of studies. The biopharma industry’s embrace of some digital health tools to manage the costs of drug development has led to more frequent collaborations with research institutions, particularly in the behavioral health space. It’s not surprising since mental health can influence medication adherence, which can undermine a drug’s effectiveness, but that’s not the only factor at play. There’s also the great hunt for biomarkers and other clues that cognitive assessments can provide in piecing together data that can lead to earlier interventions from depression to schizophrenia.

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Article Source: MedCity News


What stands in the way of precision medicine’s advancement? Inadequate infrastructure for data collection

Article Excerpt: Significant hurdles in healthcare costs, training, and data collection must be cleared before precision medicine is able to transform treatment for cancer patients, according to participants in a panel discussion during the MedCity CONVERGE Conference in Philadelphia this week. The topic, in case you haven’t guessed already: What’s holding back precision medicine?

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Article Source: MedCity News

9 companies will play a huge role in shaping the FDA’s novel approach to digital health

Article Excerpt: As the Food and Drug Administration begins a substantial overhaul of its approach to regulating health technology, a handful of software companies are poised to have a significant impact on the agency’s methodology moving forward.

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Article Source: FierceHealthcare


IBM and University of Alberta built AI capable of schizophrenia diagnosis

Article Excerpt: IBM and the University of Alberta have worked together on an AI that can help doctors diagnose the onset of schizophrenia and the severity of the symptoms. The AI does this by analyzing functional MRI (fMRI) scans and looking at blood flow within the brain

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Article Source: Hardware Zone


Dignity Health using Google Glass to improve clinical efficiency

Article Excerpt: When Google Glass was first launched, it was targeted primarily to consumers, the idea being that they would be able to access the web within their line of vision utilizing what was billed as sleek and stylish technology. But it may have found new life in professional settings, including healthcare, where clinicians are using it to increase efficiency.

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Article Source: MobiHealthNews

Parkinson’s DREAM Challenge Uses Mobile Sensor Data to Monitor Health Based on Movement

Article Excerpt: The Parkinson’s Disease Digital Biomarker DREAM Challenge was just launched by Sage Bionetworks as the first of a series of open, crowd-funded projects designed to help researchers identify ways to use smartphones and remote sensing devices to monitor health and disease.

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Article Source: Parkinson’s News Today


Tech-Wise: A “Wearable” That Measures Alcohol Intake

Article Excerpt: These days, you can track and measure things related to your health with a wearable device—from the number of steps you take to how well you sleep. So why not a device to measure how much alcohol you drink?

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Article Source: NIDA for Teens


UK data regulator says DeepMind’s initial deal with the NHS broke privacy law

Article Excerpt: The U.K.’s data protection watchdog has finally shared the results of its lengthy investigation into DeepMind’s original deal with the NHS. According to the Information Commissioner’s Office, the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust failed to comply with the Data Protection Law with its deal with Google’s DeepMind.

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Article Source: TechCrunch