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Can a digital health startup prevent diabetes in Medicaid patients?

At the headquarters of Omada Health, the exposed ceiling, stocked kitchen, and MacBook-toting millennials evoke the industrial-chic feel of a tech startup. One conference room here is named Kale, another Broccoli.  Many employees have waistlines as thinly cut as their Levi’s.

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Aug 29, 2016

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Emily S

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Why every clinical trial should have an app for participants

We are well into the era of the engaged consumer. By now, many companies have recognized that traditional selling tactics like advertising and discounting only take them so far. Consumers want deeper connections, and companies ranging from Amazon and Apple to Spotify and Zappos have been happy to...

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Senior citizens rarely consult Dr. Google for medical advice, study says

Senior citizens need more medical care than anyone else in the United States. And the Internet is chock full of health information. Yet seniors are far less likely than other adults to tap into it, new research shows.  A report published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. found...

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Why Doctors Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Online Reviews

What is excellent health care? In medicine we’ve long operated under the mantra “doctor knows best.” Physicians sleep comfortably at night knowing they have competently performed a surgery or drawn on their medical knowledge to make life-saving diagnostic and treatment decisions.

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Feb 2, 2016

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Deirdre

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The Doctor's Computer Will Email You Now

A health care startup made a wild pitch to Cara Waller, CEO of the Newport Orthopedic Institute. The company said it could get patients more engaged with their care by automating physician empathy.  It "almost made me nauseous," she said. How can you automate something as deeply personal as empathy?

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Jan 28, 2016

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Christy

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How Social Media Is Shaking Up Public Health and Healthcare

From clinical healthcare to public health campaigns, the health industry is increasingly turning to social media to support, promote and increase the spread of information and data in order to improve both personal and community health practices. Social media has provided a space to share...

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Nov 17, 2015

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Deirdre

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Diary of a ‘Supertracker’

Ever since the 17th-century physician Santorio Santorio created an elaborate “weighing chair” and recorded all that he ate for next 30 years, people have been tracking their diets.

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To Reach Seniors, Tech Start-Ups Must First Relate to Them

Daily, breathless announcements arrive in my inbox, heralding technology products for older adults.  A “revolutionary” gait-training robot. An emergency response device said to predict falls. A combination home phone and tablet system that “transforms how older seniors connect with and are cared...

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Twitter Social Media is an Effective Tool for Breast Cancer Patient Education and Support: Patient-Reported Outcomes by Survey

Despite reported benefits, many women do not attend breast cancer support groups. Abundant online resources for support exist, but information regarding the effectiveness of participation is lacking. We report the results of a Twitter breast cancer support community participant survey. The aim was...

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Cambridge company launches 'Tinder' for cancer trials

As an employee with genetics company Life Technologies, Martin Naley would receive calls from friends and acquaintances looking for guidance on their cancer.  While he was able to connect them to clinical trials with experimental treatments, or help them understand the genetics of their cancer, he...

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