A new service launching in the United States this week wants to be the Uber for doctors, making medical practitioners available for consultation by text message, video chat, or even a house visit — for a fee, of course.
The company, FirstLine, which has offices in Boston and San Francisco, launched its app nationally this week. Two dozen California-based doctors have been contracted to be on-call and the team is already hiring and training local medics with a goal of launching in Boston this summer. Read MoreSmart scienceApple, Boston hospitals partner to launch ResearchKit for medical research
An ultra-thin Macbook laptop and the Apple Watch were the stars of Apple’s Monday media event in San Francisco. But the company also introduced a new suite of apps for the iPhone that could turn the device into a research tool and transform the way researchers study disease.
Massachusetts General Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute were among the partners who worked with Apple on the five inaugural research apps. They will track asthma, breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease, and were built with Apple’s new tool, ResearchKit. Read Morehack thisTufts MedStart hackathon offers lessons in disrupting med school
There is no shortage of hackathons in this town, but when Dr. Naren Gupta first heard about MedStart, a hackathon hosted at Tufts University School of Medicine this past weekend, he immediately signed up. The vascular surgeon and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School said he doesn’t often get the chance to break out of his bubble, and that’s an issue.
Among the ills of the American health care system is the disconnect between patients and their doctors. John Moore has an app for that.
Moore is cofounder of Twine Health, which is making a mobile app to improve communication between doctors and patients and nudge the sick to more closely follow their treatment plans. Read MoreComputer-milled dental crowns3-D carving (rather than printing), for teeth
Necessity being the mother of invention, inventive mothers and others will gather at MIT's Media Lab soon to (design and) build a better breast pump. The Breast Pump Hackathon happens September 20-21. Read More
Voiceitt, a company founded in Israel currently taking part in MassChallenge, has developed a voice recognition platform that could give a voice to the millions of people living with speech disabilities. On Monday, the company is launching an IndieGogo crowdfunding campaign to raise money for TalkItt, the company's technology that translates unintelligible language into understandable speech.
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Here’s a dirty little secret: When you go to the hospital with a bacterial infection and are put on antibiotics, there’s a good chance the doctor who writes the prescription doesn’t know what she’s doing.
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