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To track a killer
Vecna tests Ebola technology in Monrovia
In Monrovia, Liberia, and neighboring Sierra Leone, Deborah Theobald is training health workers to use two tech tools. (Photo: Paul Amendola/IRC)
A Cambridge builder of health information systems is testing two pioneering medical technologies in West Africa that could help limit the transmission of Ebola from patients to doctors. An electronic health record system and a robot with a two-way communication system — basically an iPad on wheels — are among the tools Deborah Theobald, co-founder of Vecna Technologies, brought to Monrovia, Libera, in late November. Read More
Survey Says
Partners HealthCare announces new platform to help companies survey patients
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The Center for Connected Health at Partners HealthCare has created a secure survey tool to help medical product makers and investors get feedback from patients and customers. The new mobile app and Web-based survey tool called cHealth Compass will charge companies for the service and pay survey takers for their time. Read More
A whole new world
Would you sequence the genome of your newborn? A majority of Mass. parents say yes
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Would you be willing to sequence the genome of your newborn baby, Gattaca-style, mere hours after bringing it into the world? A little over 500 new parents were asked this question in the maternity ward at Brigham and Women’s Hospital last year, and a majority said yes. Read More
Giver, giving, given
The healthiest #GivingTuesday donation? A gift of data for Patients Like Me
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Giving thanks is fine, Giving a Sh$t is better, but giving up some of your health data will make a difference. That's what Jamie Heywood and his team at Patients Like Me hope. On Tuesday, the health data portal for people with chronic conditions launched a 24-day drive to encourage new patients to sign up and share their health data before Christmas Day. Read More
Facebook as a country
Mark Zuckerberg's $25 million donation is one of the largest to Ebola effort [Chart]
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Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan donated $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week. Channeled through the CDC Foundation, this donation will assist the CDC’s response to the outbreak. That's a little less than half the amount the duo reportedly spent purchasing 700 acres of Hawaiian Kauai, but this is still the fourth largest donation from a single entity to the Ebola effort to date. Read More