15 ways Silicon Valley uses data for healthcare: report

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Whether applied to medical research or establishing a more comprehensive view of patient populations, healthcare data is being used in a multitude of ways by Silicon Valley, according to a recent Nature report.

Healthcare data has moved beyond the limits of hospitals and health systems; it can now be sourced from places including EHRs, mobile devices and wearables.

Here are 15 ways Silicon Valley companies are using healthcare data:

1. Komodo Health is building a massive database of health information for healthcare providers, payers and life sciences organizations to use to develop new treatment methods and address population health issues.

2. Verily, a subsidiary of Alphabet, is heading up the Project Baseline Health Study, which includes health data from 10,000 participants. The company plans to use the data to build a map of human health and disease and establish a baseline of "good health."

3. Helix is analyzing disease progression and identifying new treatments through a joint analysis of genomic data and longitudinal patient health records.

4. Ellipsis Health is using around 100,000 minutes of labeled speech from more than 10,000 participants to develop a tool that can detect depression and anxiety.

5. Catalia Health created an artificial intelligence-powered robot that holds daily, autonomous conversations with its patient-owner around their health and disease. The robot can transmit the data to Catalia, which analyzes it in real time to monitor the patient's progress.

6. Human Dx developed an AI-based tool that collects patient data from clinicians and global medical trainees and encodes their thought processes into a clinical map that offers decision making support for managing patients.

7. Flatiron Health organizes and de-identifies EHR data of cancer patients to help researchers tailor their analyses and studies.  

8. PyrAmes launched a noninvasive blood-pressure sensor platform that can continuously monitor a patient's health without using an arterial catheter.

9. LunaDNA hosts a community-owned data sharing platform where participants can share their DNA for medical research in exchange for a portion of any proceeds made from the data used by researchers.

10. Evidation gathers health data from people's mobile apps, wearable sensors and devices and then translates the information into a clinical context.

11. Propeller Health uses a sensor attached to a person's respiratory inhaler to collect data on the individual's health and create a better understanding of their risk and disease triggers for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

12. Verana Health licenses clinical databases from medical academies and analyzes their data to help facilitate recruitment to clinical trials.

13. Tidepool integrates data from an individual's various diabetes devices onto a single platform.

14. Bigfoot Biomedical is creating an automated, closed-loop insulin delivery device that allows the user to continuously monitor their glucose levels.

15. Freenome developed a platform that combines data on tumor-derived signatures and immune-derived signatures to detect early-stage cancer with minimal invasion. 

To access the report, click here.

Editor's note: This article was updated on Jan. 23 at 12:45 p.m. CT. 

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