Category Archive for mHealth

How Can Disruptive Technology Solve the Developed World’s Retirement Crisis?

The United States is quite unprepared for its coming retirement crisis. The number of Americans over 65 is expected to double by the year 2050, from 43.1 million in 2012 to 83.7 million by 2050. By 2030, more than 20% of the US population will be over the age of 65, as compared to the…

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The Opportunities for 3D Printing in Healthcare

As we have discussed before, the opportunities arising from the 3D printing revolution are unprecedented. While the rise in startups using this technology to upend various industries has been concentrated in New York City, some of the most promising applications of 3D printing have been outside Silicon Alley. The vast majority of these are concentrated…

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How Internet of Things Technology Can Make a Longer Retirement More Affordable

Integrating healthcare and technology has become a major focus in recent years. Greater transparency and improved caregiver-patient communications has the potential to greatly decrease costs in one of the greatest cost burdens on our economy. For the past few decades, healthcare has consistently outpaced inflation in cost increases; this is projected to only get worse…

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Beyond Moore’s Law: How the Internet of Things will Revitalize the Semiconductor Industry

Moore’s Law, the theory that the number of transistors on a silicon chip would double every two years, turned 50 last month. First stipulated by Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, the prediction has proved largely correct, with the pace of technological innovation reaching unprecedented levels. Chips have become exponentially more powerful and smaller size, while…

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How the Apple Watch Will Become More Than a Fitness Tracker

As its first new product unveiling in over four years, the Apple Watch seems poised to redefine the way consumers integrate technology into their daily lives. Similar to most of Apple’s product introductions, it is not necessarily the most technologically advanced product on the market, but instead features beautiful, user friendly design that appears to…

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Big Data in Healthcare and Education

There has been a significant uptick in startups harnessing the power of big data to improve outcomes in struggling public and private sectors. Two areas that have attracted a significant amount of attention are the US healthcare and education system, both of which are dramatically more expensive than in other wealthy nations, though outcomes are…

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Highlights from the 2014 Health Innovation Summit

Rock Health’s Innovation Summit last week in San Francisco helped cut through much of the hype surrounding innovation in the American healthcare system.  With venture investments in healthcare startups reaching a record high,  Apple and Google entering the healthcare space, and new mHealth apps and wearables released on a near weekly basis, it is easy…

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Mobile Phones As An Integral Part of the African Healthcare System

**Image Source- Techcrunch Similar to many other sectors in Africa, healthcare has been increasingly depending upon mobile phones as a inexpensive way to fill the gaps in poor infrastructure. With mobile phone penetration at nearly 80%  across the continent (varying in individual countries), and a severe shortage of doctors and clinics in many countries, mobile phones…

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New York City is Poised to Become a New Center for Health Tech Innovation

New York has world renowned hospitals and medical colleges, like Weill Cornell, NYU, and Memorial Sloan Kettering; now, it seems, the city is quickly becoming a major center for health technology development. Some of the most promising healthcare startups, such as ZocDoc and Oscar, were formed in New York City.  While traditionally known for being…

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Healthcare Startups Hit Funding High

According to a new report from Rock Health, mHealth companies raised $2.2 billion in the first half of this year, already surpassing the total amount raised  for all of 2013. This, combined with a steady increase in venture funding and increasingly larger series rounds, has led to further concerns that we are facing another venture bubble.…

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