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Nov. 16 Media Roundup

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If you think video games are therapeutic and should be covered by your insurance company, there was promising news out last week. Two startups have developed video games intended to help people suffering from mental illnesses and are looking for FDA approval to market them as medical therapies. 

In other news last week, we also shared a couple articles arguing about the need for pooling data as a means to finding new medical cures, and a story about a mechanical heart (that will replace a biological heart) seeking FDA approval to market it for wide-scale use. 

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mHealth and Tech

  • Google is open sourcing its artificial intelligence engine, or sharing its code with the world, in the hopes of speeding up the evolution of AI. 
  • Boston Children’s Hospital and digital health venture fund Rock Health are joining forces to develop new digital tools and devices to improve pediatric care. 
  • President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative wants to differ from traditional research by placing patients in the center of the effort using an open data platform.
  • Can video games help cure mental illnesses? Two Boston startups have created video games aimed to help patients suffering from mental illnesses, and want doctors to prescribe the games. 
  • Use your smartphone to help cancer research! DreamLab wants to pool the free processing power from idle Androids to create a supercomputer and help researchers crunch numbers. 
  • Rock Health released research showing that seniors are increasingly using wearable devices to track and monitor their health, highlighting that age isn’t a barrier to using the technology.
  • Alphabet and the American Heart Association have formed a partnership in a five-year, $50 million joint research effort to develop new approaches to the causes, treatments and prevention of heart disease.
  • YC-backed Verge Genomics is using genomics data algorithms to help cure neurodegenerative diseases. Since launching, Verge Genomics’ technology has uncovered a number of drugs that could have implications for Alzheimer’s and ALS.


  • Big data can contribute to both information overload as well as insight, but overall data science should be considered necessary to healthcare. Read up on the four compelling use-cases for big data in healthcare. 
  • Trying to answer questions about health — even for experts — is becoming difficult due to data and info existing in different places and formats. Read up on the argument for pooling data.
  • In a step forward for patients with rare diseases, medical researchers are pooling data to find diagnoses and cures using the NIH’s cloud hospital.

Pharma and Life Sciences

Jacob Angevine