Health

  • Obama’s New Cancer Initiative Could Use A Shot Of Silicon Valley Innovation

    Obama’s New Cancer Initiative Could Use A Shot Of Silicon Valley Innovation

    Silicon Valley should have a stake in the U.S. government’s moonshot initiative to cure cancer. President Obama announced this initiative in his last State of the Union address Tuesday night, placing Joe Biden in charge of “Mission Control” for the effort. Biden started reaching out to hundreds of the world’s top cancer experts since his son passed away from brain cancer… Read More

  • Lyft Announces Partnership To Help Seniors Without Smartphones Get Around

    Lyft Announces Partnership To Help Seniors Without Smartphones Get Around

    Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft have always been awesome at empowering people without viable forms of transportation to get around. A key demographic that’s been left out of reaping these benefits, however, is the nation’s senior citizens. Today, Lyft announced a partnership with the National MedTrans Network that will provide seniors in NYC a simpler way to get rides… Read More

  • Walker & Company Introduces The Super Sleek Bevel Trimmer

    Walker & Company Introduces The Super Sleek Bevel Trimmer

    Hot off of raising a $24M Series B round and inking a deal with Target for its Bevel brand, Walker & Company Brands has launched a brand new product — Bevel Trimmer. The company calls it “the most advanced device for trimming and shaping coarse or curly hair” and comes with a fresh new partnership with rapper Nas. While Walker & Company might not be your typical… Read More

  • Fee-For-Value Drives Trillion-Dollar Healthcare Opportunity Crunch Network

    Fee-For-Value Drives Trillion-Dollar Healthcare Opportunity

    One of the main tenets of healthcare reform has been to better align payment/reimbursement schemes to incentivize healthcare providers for achieving improved outcomes and lower cost. Historically, insurance companies (including Medicare) have made separate payments to providers for each of the individual services they provide to patients for a single illness, visit or course of treatment. Read More

  • Virtual Reality Therapy: Treating The Global Mental Health Crisis Crunch Network

    Virtual Reality Therapy: Treating The Global Mental Health Crisis

    Most of us experience some level of stress and anxiety in our lives. It can be relatively mild or extremely severe and debilitating — or anywhere along the spectrum. Some examples include general stress at work, relationship issues, fears and phobias, depression and other anxiety disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Read More

  • Fitbit Unveils Blaze Smart Fitness Watch With Color Touch Screen

    Fitbit Unveils Blaze Smart Fitness Watch With Color Touch Screen

    Today at CES 2016, Fitbit has unveiled the latest generation of its smart fitness watch in the Fitbit Blaze. With the Blaze, the company is looking to be competitive with products like the Apple Watch, which offer less by the way of fitness but far more when it comes to customization and style. The Blaze include customizable accessory options for the bands and casing, a color touchscreen… Read More

  • What Happened To The Food Industry Last Year? Crunch Network

    What Happened To The Food Industry Last Year?

    By the time you read this, you will be aware of the U-turn our food system is making to find new, personalized, localized ways to your plate. Last year was a bellwether year for food systems, specifically food distribution systems. In 2016, the traditional method of delivering food from farms to tables is going to shift to include new players, more technology and shocking transparency. Read More

  • New Rules For Our Health’s Digital Future Crunch Network

    New Rules For Our Health’s Digital Future

    Technology promises to transform healthcare. It’s redefining how we interact with, and act on, our health data, and reshaping how care is delivered and coordinated. But uptake so far has been limited — particularly among the elderly, those with chronic conditions and others who could benefit most from a better, smarter healthcare system. To understand why, we need to look at… Read More

  • The Federal Vision For Healthcare IT: A Dystopian Paradise Crunch Network

    The Federal Vision For Healthcare IT: A Dystopian Paradise

    In a year not too distant, Loretta, a woman in her late 20s, hears a pleasant tone from her watch and checks to see a text. The message isn’t from a friend or work, it’s from the watch itself: “You’re pregnant.” Loretta is surprised; conception was merely days before. But pregnancy is one of the many tests constantly checked by her wearable and household technology. Read More

  • How Psychology Is Adapting To The World Of Tech Crunch Network

    How Psychology Is Adapting To The World Of Tech

    With the increased use of online therapy and wellness-based mobile applications, the field of mental health is following in the path of physical health initiatives in the design of more accessible and convenient platforms. While these programs provide services through different platforms, to a different audience and from a greater distance than ever before, it remains to be seen how these… Read More

  • Theranos Wellness Centers Aren’t Using “Nanotainers” At This Time

    Theranos Wellness Centers Aren’t Using “Nanotainers” At This Time

    A Theranos testing center in Mesa, Arizona has informed me they are not allowed to use Theranos’ proprietary equipment to test for herpes simplex 1, the only test the FDA has so far given Theranos the green light to test on their own technology. I’m in Arizona visiting family over the holidays and since I’m in the only state currently running tests for Theranos —… Read More

  • I Heart You, So Please Buckle Your Uber Seatbelt

    I Heart You, So Please Buckle Your Uber Seatbelt

    Force fields aren’t real, at least not yet. Cars are dangerous. So whether you’re in an Uber, Lyft, taxi, or you’re driving yourself, buckle your seatbelt. Several friends of mine recently had their Ubers run into by other cars. Luckily, they were all wearing their seat belts and no one got seriously hurt. But if they weren’t, if they didn’t take those few… Read More

  • Theranos’ Only FDA Approved Test Is Also Under Scrutiny After Ex-Employee Complaint

    Theranos’ Only FDA Approved Test Is Also Under Scrutiny After Ex-Employee Complaint

    Two former Theranos employees have filed complaints so far with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) over alleged faulty test results. The latest complaint is aimed at a test for herpes – and it is the only test the FDA has so far approved blood diagnostics startup Theranos to run using its proprietary… Read More

  • Self-Help: There’s An App For That Crunch Network

    Self-Help: There’s An App For That

    Digital therapy is the new frontier of health innovation — and the tech world has taken notice. Myriad apps promise to make you happier, more mindful, less anxious — you name it. But, do they work? Read More

  • Taking The Genome Further In Healthcare Crunch Network

    Taking The Genome Further In Healthcare

    Collecting genome data is reliable, fast and cheap. Yet, interpreting that data is unreliable, slow, and expensive — when it’s even possible. Today, genome interpretation is a burgeoning science, but it’s not yet a technology. A stricken patient has their genes sequenced and their mutations identified. But then, it can take a highly trained, and highly paid, expert many hours… Read More

  • Are Apps The New Gurus? The Rise Of Self-Help Tech Crunch Network

    Are Apps The New Gurus? The Rise Of Self-Help Tech

    The way we do everything has been turned upside down: how we read, how we communicate, how we get from point A to point B, how we eat and how we get help when we need it. We are living through the “re-imagination — of nearly everything,” and we are seeing this re-imagination very clearly within the self-help industry. Read More

  • Postmates And Twitter Product Guru Sara Mauskopf Is Working On Parenting App Called “Winnie”

    Postmates And Twitter Product Guru Sara Mauskopf Is Working On Parenting App Called “Winnie”

    During stints at Postmates, Twitter, YouTube and Google, Sara Mauskopf has touched many of the products that you use on a daily basis. With that knowledge, having just left her recent post at Postmates*, we now know what Mauskopf is up to next. It’s called “Winnie” and there’s not much more we know about other than it will be a service for parents and those taking care… Read More

  • Here’s What Virtual Reality Means For Kids Stuck In The Hospital

    Here’s What Virtual Reality Means For Kids Stuck In The Hospital

    There’s not much that I can say to set this video up other than it’s just one of the incredible possibilities that virtual reality brings. UploadVR spotted it first. C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital used the Oculus Rift, with a hand from Game Start School and the Mott Golf Classic, to take kids that are stuck in crappy hospital situations to another place. A far off land. Read More

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    Alphabet Gets A “V” By Renaming Google Life Sciences To “Verily”

    Alphabet Gets A “V” By Renaming Google Life Sciences To “Verily”

    As Alphabet continues to rejigger their company structure, one of the teams left under the Alphabet umbrella has gotten itself a new moniker, according to Stat News. Verily is an independent Alphabet company with a focus on using tech to deal with health, as well as prevent, detect and manage disease. Read More

  • “Unsexy Plumbing,” Integrated Data And The Future Of The Healthcare System Crunch Network

    “Unsexy Plumbing,” Integrated Data And The Future Of The Healthcare System

    Healthcare, like so many other sectors of the economy, is being transformed by technology. The changes are most obvious at the front end of healthcare, where health payment solutions, data analytics tools, telehealth, wearable devices and other products and services are addressing the needs of both businesses and consumers. But just as important is what’s happening behind the scenes, in… Read More