Consumer

By Heather Mack January 25, 2017
While most wearable baby monitors are designed with the intention to give parents peace of mind, some experts warn they may do just the opposite. In a recent JAMA article, researchers outlined how the proliferation of baby wearables that monitor vital signs and alert parents of abnormalities via a companion app can cause undue alarm to parents. Moreover, the researchers point out, the devices...
By Jonah Comstock January 24, 2017
Breathometer, the Mark Cuban-backed digital health startup that makes a smartphone-connected oral health sensor, has settled a suit with the Federal Trade Commission over its first product, a smartphone-connected breathalyzer. According to the terms of the settlement, Breathometer will have to offer a full refund to customers who bought the device. The FTC says that it discovered serious accuracy...
By Jonah Comstock January 19, 2017
Apple periodically features groups of apps in its app store for particular use cases and audiences. Under “Apps for Patients” in its Medical section, the company highlights these 24 personal care apps, which range from well known apps like WebMD and Mayo Clinic to some more under-the-radar options. Some apps apply to people living with particular conditions, while others provide lifestyle help...
By Jonah Comstock January 18, 2017
Samsung news site SamMobile is reporting that a new version of Samsung's S Health app is in the works, and that it will add doctor's visits, telemedicine, and symptom checker features through partnerships with American Well and WebMD. SamMobile expects the update to launch with the launch of the Galaxy S8 in late February. The site said it's a "deep integration" which will allow users to search...
By Jonah Comstock January 17, 2017
Last November, as part of an investigative series on Apple's meetings with the FDA, we reported the company's stated plans to develop "two possible (and related) products in the cardiac space" which would require FDA clearance. In that report we speculated, based largely on a quote from Tim Cook in the Telegraph, that one of the products might be a wearable ECG built into an Apple Watch strap,...
By Jonah Comstock January 11, 2017
Our roundup of 31 health devices at CES covered a wide range of interesting launches, but there were a number of additional devices we didn't get to. In this part 2, check out 12 more digital health devices that debuted last week at the Las Vegas tech show. We covered BACTrack's smartphone-connected breathalyzer way back in 2013, but at CES the company introduced the next generation: a wearable...
By Jonah Comstock January 9, 2017
When Fitbit bought Pebble at the end of last year, the evidence seemed against Fitbit branching into real smartwatches: The company explicitly declined to buy Pebble's hardware business or hire any members of Pebble's hardware team. But now Fitbit CEO James Park has confirmed to The Verge that Fitbit is planning to very soon launch its own app store, a sure sign, The Verge thinks, that Fitbit is...
By Jonah Comstock January 6, 2017
In addition to the many device launches, several digital health companies use CES (formerly known as the Consumer Electronic Show) in Las Vegas as an opportunity to announce updates and major partnerships and collaborations. Read on for the biggest non-launch health news from the show. Lots of news from Fitbit Wearable giant Fitbit announced a number of partnerships as well as updates to its app...
By Heather Mack January 6, 2017
While digital health doesn't have as big of a presence at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas as other industries, there were a fair number of wearables, apps and sensor-enabled tools showcased. There were also several partnerships announced, which you can read about here. Some have already been covered in MobiHealthNews yet didn't make their official debuts til this week, but most were...
By Jonah Comstock January 3, 2017
American Well and EarlySense have partnered to make telemedicine visits available to users of EarlySense's bed-based sleep sensor. The service is related to EarlySense Live, the long-awaited home use version of the the Ramat Gan, Israel-based device maker's signature product. "One of the key attributes of a superior telehealth experience is how informed the physician is about the patient in front...