University of Pennsylvania logo

Twitter

Category: technology

Posted:
Jan 6, 2017

Author:
Emily S

Tags:

Door-to-door service, never having to wait outside, GPS tracking: Seniors get on Uber

Frances Pliskin had to stop driving over the summer. But Pliskin, 90, still needed to get to and from her weekly hairdresser appointments and bridge group, monthly dinner date at the Westin Club, and to visit with friends.  "I have a balance problem and I use a walker, and my doctor felt it was in...

Read More

Posted:
Dec 16, 2016

Author:
Emily S

Tags:

'This little guy is really cute': Ludwig the robot designed to help Alzheimer's patients

Brenda Horenfeldt was wowed Tuesday by a talking, walking robot — a new tool his creators feel could be the future of treatment for Alzheimer's and dementia patients.  Developed by a research team at the University of Toronto with the support of Mitacs, a national non-profit organization, Ludwig ...

Read More

Elders who use tech tools feel less lonely, more physically fit, Stanford study finds

Forget bingo and shuffleboard. Use of computers and cellphones is linked to higher levels of mental and physical well-being among those over age 80, according to new Stanford research.  And these elders — dubbed “the oldest old,” a generation typically ignored by the youth-obsessed tech industry —...

Read More

Posted:
Nov 18, 2016

Author:
Emily S

Tags:

Treating PTSD With Virtual Reality Therapy: A Way to Heal Trauma

When U.S. Marine Chris Merkle returned from his last tour of duty in Afghanistan, his family was thrilled to have him back.  But for Merkle, the welcome home was also accompanied by some dark problems. He couldn’t sleep. He was irritable and had anger issues. He would avoid certain stressful...

Read More

Posted:
Nov 4, 2016

Author:
Emily S

Tags:

Patients Attempt to ‘Walk Off’ Pain With Wearable Therapy

Typically, when people suffer from back or knee pain, they reach for the anti-inflammatories or the pain meds. But one company has come up with a shoe it thinks can be just as effective. AposTherapy’s space-age-looking footwear is designed to reduce knee, hip and back pain by realigning the way...

Read More

How Technology Can Deliver Broad Improvements in Health Care

As director of the Institute for Population Health Improvement at the University of California, Davis, Kenneth W. Kizer brings plenty of experience in the use of technology to help manage large populations.  A physician by training who is board-certified in several specialties, Dr. Kizer was...

Read More

Posted:
Oct 12, 2016

Author:
Christina

Tags:

How Safe Is Safe Enough for a Self-Driving Car?

Don’t look now, but self-driving cars are accelerating rapidly toward an on-ramp near you. To explain why, federal officials point to two facts: (1) some 35,000 people died in crashes on U.S. roads last year, and (2) human error was to blame more than 90 percent of the time. They say one remedy...

Read More

Posted:
Oct 6, 2016

Author:
Emily S

Tags:

UNOS announces technology changes to increase organ donations in U.S.

Richmond-based United Network for Organ Sharing plans to implement several technology and data tools within its network of organizations over the next year to increase the number of organ transplants nationwide.  Under contract with the Health Services and Resources Administration of the U.S....

Read More

Posted:
Oct 6, 2016

Author:
Emily S

Tags:

Screen Flashes And Pop-Up Reminders: ‘Alert Fatigue’ Spreads Through Medicine

Some people receive constant reminders on their personal smartphones: birthdays, anniversaries, doctor’s appointments, social engagements. At work, their computers prompt them to meet deadlines, attend meetings and have lunch with the boss. Prodding here and pinging there, these pop-up...

Read More

With Wearable Tech Deals, New Player Data Is Up for Grabs

The University of Michigan football team took the field for its season opener on Sept. 3 accompanied by Michael Jordan, the team’s honorary captain for the game, in uniforms bearing his signature Jumpman logo. Such pageantry is the fruit of a new apparel contract, worth about $170 million, between...

Read More

Pages

The Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation engages interdisciplinary teams to reimagine health care delivery for dramatically better value and patient outcomes.

The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) is Penn's center for research, policy analysis, and education in health systems. Its 200 Senior Fellows analyze the medical, economic, and social issues that influence how health care is organized, financed, managed, and delivered across the U.S.

We are passionate about pursuing impactful research and eager to explore opportunities that will enable a culture of social media and health innovation at Penn, Penn Medicine, and beyond.  Have an idea for a project?  Interested in collaboration?  Click here to learn more about how to contact us.