Abigail Ballou

Abigail Ballou

    Abby Ballou is the managing editor of MedTech Boston. She has a B.A. and M.Phil in English literature from NYU and the CUNY Graduate Center, respectively. When she isn't writing and editing for MedTech Boston, Abby enjoys reading, rock climbing, watching classic movies and listening to opera.

    Judges Unanimously Vote WatchRx Winner of the Boston Scientific Connected Patient Challenge

    Judges Unanimously Vote WatchRx Winner of the Boston Scientific Connected Patient Challenge »

    WatchRx is an all-in-one device dedicated to helping seniors age at home safely by combining a medication management system with a personal emergency response system (PERS) in one easy-to-use wearable.

    A New Weapon in the Battle Against Cancer

    A New Weapon in the Battle Against Cancer »

    A new Cambridge-based company hopes to leverage the body's inter-cellular deliver system for cancer diagnosis and treatment.

    How MD Anderson Plans to Democratize Specialists’ Expertise

    How MD Anderson Plans to Democratize Specialists’ Expertise »

    With the help of IBM’s Watson Health, the Oncology Expert Advisor is leveraging clinicians’ knowledge, connected analytics, telemedicine and cognitive computing to reimagine a distributed healthcare system.

    With Help from Hollywood, BCH Program Revamps Surgical Trainers

    With Help from Hollywood, BCH Program Revamps Surgical Trainers »

    But this isn’t the first time the hospital’s SIMPeds program has pioneered patient simulation–and likely won’t be the last.

    From Daily Doubles to Doctors’ Sides

    From Daily Doubles to Doctors’ Sides »

    In the current era of Big Data, the challenge of consuming and analyzing an unprecedented amount of medical information regularly confronts physicians. Watson Health, IBM’s cognitive computing platform, is here to help.

    Era of Open Data Means Better Delivery, Faster Innovation Says Aneesh Chopra

    Era of Open Data Means Better Delivery, Faster Innovation Says Aneesh Chopra »

    “The combination of the opening up of data, connecting apps and the pace of payment reform, in my humble opinion, is why this is the most entrepreneurial period in care delivery,” said Aneesh Chopra, former U.S. Chief Technology Officer, during his keynote at this year’s BCH Global Innovation Summit.

    Putting Thoughts Into Action

    Putting Thoughts Into Action »

    Cathy Hutchinson manipulated a robotic arm to take a sip from a bottle, 15 years after a stroke left her unable to move any of her limbs, with the BrainGate brain-computer interface (BCI) which allows paralyzed patients to control computer cursors and robotic limbs by simply thinking about moving their own hands.

    To Cure Cancer, Targeted Therapies Best Future Bet

    To Cure Cancer, Targeted Therapies Best Future Bet »

    “Cancer medicine does not ask us to do precision medicine as a side note; cancer medicine ask us to do precision medicine as a basis,” said Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, at the opening keynote of the Boston Children’s Hospital Global Pediatric Innovation Summit on Monday.

    Diagnostic Tool Captures Cancer With iPhone Camera

    Diagnostic Tool Captures Cancer With iPhone Camera »

    Smartphones already help manage chronic pain, facilitate meditation and even prescribe corrective lenses. But what if they could be used to diagnose cancer as well?

    Looking Beyond Prescriptive Lenses

    Looking Beyond Prescriptive Lenses »

    Somerville-based EyeNetra’s tech could one day bridge gap in eye care need, revolutionize how we look at our screens

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