• Feb 12, 2018

    N-of-1: Helping Individuals Take Charge of Their Health

    By Noah Zimmerman (Ed. Emily Singer)

    Nearly one in three people in the United States track their fitness in some way, be it with fitness bands, smart watches, smart phone apps, or home blood pressure and other monitors. Most of us use these devices to improve or maintain our health and fitness, collecting information on our activity level, sleep, heart rate and other factors. But how effectively are we using that data? Your Fitbit might tell you that you slept poorly after having a few drinks, or that your heart rate or blood pressure spiked after a stressful work presentation. Though those observations may be interesting, how meaningful are they? Do they actually lead to better health, or insights into our own wellbeing?

  • Aug 4, 2017

    First Steps toward the HD2i Partners Program: Fit3D

    By Beth Percha

    At HD2i, one of our core missions is to engage in strategic partnerships with early stage health technology companies. Our bet is that the technologies that will power next-generation healthcare are more likely to come from these folks than from established players. We aim to pair the best aspects of entrepreneurship with the expertise and rigor of an academic medical center to accelerate progress. Our first realization of that vision is the Health Entrepreneur Partners Program, in which we identify and build the algorithmic and statistical tools that help entrepreneurs use data to drive their products forward.

  • Feb 13, 2017

    Considerations for using wearable devices in clinical research

    By Noah Zimmerman

    Integration of remote sensor data with traditional clinical data sources is an exciting new area of biomedical research. Increasingly, clinical trial protocols incorporate wearable biosensors to remotely measure things like activity, heart function, blood glucose and oxygen saturation. This is an exciting opportunity because it allows us to view participants in their natural environments instead of in a laboratory setting. The tradeoff is that the devices need to be consumer friendly and usable without a research technician.

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