In the continued fight against mosquito-borne diseases, tech companies like Microsoft and Verily are partnering with US public health officials to test new technology. Experts believe these companies bring promising innovations.“It’s exciting when technology companies come…

 

 

Maximizing technology could make all the difference in bringing universal health care to Africans, said WHO’s Africa Director Matshidiso Moeti at the first WHO Africa Health Forum underway in Rwanda this week.

Loowatt, a London startup, is piloting a low-cost, waterless toilet in Antananarivo, Madagascar, seeking to solve a sanitation challenge in parts of the world where flushing toilet systems aren’t feasible.

“What is the most underappreciated medical invention in history?” The Atlantic recently polled a diverse group of doctors, inventors, TV personalities and authors.Answers ran the gamut, from stethoscopes to AEDs with some unexpected medical game-changers such as Botox and…

In its quest to develop new treatments for neglected diseases that are often overlooked by the major drug companies, the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) launched the

A partnership between the Rwandan government and US robotics firm Zipline has cut the time it takes some health care facilities to procure blood from hours to 15 minutes. Instead of driving round-trip to the capital city, hospital staff now use smartphone apps to place…

Health insurance startup Oscar retained most of its 54,000 New York City members last year even as it halved its provider network. The tactic: Use big data to curate a better experience, despite fewer choices.   Oscar combed insurance claims and held physician focus groups…

Meet another engineer who’s innovating to improve global health: Richard Fletcher, director of the Mobile Technology Group at MIT D-Lab, uses smartphones and connected devices to address health problems from diabetes to addiction. He’s developed wearable sensors for…