Consumer

By Jonah Comstock October 14, 2016
Ovuline, which makes a suite of women's and family health apps, has raised $10 million in new funding and is renaming the company "Ovia Health". Ovia was already the brand name attached to its suite of apps. Martin Ventures and Zaffre Investments, the investment arm of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, led the round. All of the company's previous investors returned for the round, including...
By Jonah Comstock October 11, 2016
Patients Pending, a London-based health startup founded by one of the co-creators of Skype and his brother, has announced that it will follow up its Timesulin insulin pen cap with a Bluetooth-connected insulin pen cap, which the company hopes will help create smart dosing systems for patients with Type 1 diabetes who don’t use an insulin pump.  “Our hypothesis has been, so much of the investment...
By Heather Mack October 11, 2016
In the land of digital health apps, space is becoming limited. According to a new study by Research 2 Guidance, the number of health and medical apps is still surging – 259,000 such apps were listed on major app stores in 2016 – but downloads are starting to slow down, indicating an increasingly crowded and competitive market. “There is no end in sight for the current hype surrounding mHealth...
By Heather Mack October 10, 2016
One Drop, the diabetes management app that debuted last year on iOS, is now available on Android. One Drop offers a direct-to-consumer app for diabetes management that allows users with type 1, type 2 or pre-diabetes to log a variety of information: glucose, diet, activity and insulin. Users can share that information anonymously with a community of users, and the platform also offers users...
By Heather Mack October 10, 2016
Do digital tools lead to better health literacy? Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin explored if there was a link in health knowledge and health information technology, and found, generally speaking, that those with low health literacy were less likely to use tools like apps and online information sources.  In a recent study of 4,974 Americans, researchers explored whether health...
By Heather Mack October 5, 2016
There may be plenty of skepticism about how much wearable activity trackers actually improve health, but Fitbit is offering a robust set of data to counter that argument. While the leading activity wearable maker was recently used as a blanket term for all such devices in headlines following a JAMA article that posited wearables actually hindered weight loss, Fitbit has upped its game in...
By Jonah Comstock October 4, 2016
Dig another grave in the fitness tracker cemetery, next to the Bodymedia Core, the Nike FuelBand, and the Basis Band, because it looks like the Microsoft Band is dead. ZDnet, which broke the news last month that Microsoft had disbanded the Band team and had no plans for a Band 3, reported yesterday that the company has removed the device from its online store, taken down the Band SDK, and has no...
By Heather Mack October 3, 2016
Health tech startup iBeat launched the pre-ordering phase of its heart-monitoring watch on Indiegogo, giving the company time to build out a commercial market and establish the device, iBeat Life Monitor, as a tool for preventing sudden death from cardiac arrest or stroke.  Backed by Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of the “Dr. Oz Show,” and founded by former Practice Fusion CEO Ryan Howard, the iBeat Life...
By Jonah Comstock October 3, 2016
An Australian nonprofit aimed at preventing suicides by changing the conversation around mental health has launched an ambitious app-based research project with the goal of getting 7 million participants to log their mood within a one-week period. "How is the World Feeling?", an app by Spur Projects, will launch October 10th. "Suicide is a worldwide epidemic, with over one million men and women...
By Jonah Comstock September 29, 2016
About a third of internet-connected people worldwide currently track their health and fitness via an online or mobile app or a wearable according to a new survey by Gfk, who conducted an online survey of more than 20,000 consumers aged 15 or older across 16 countries. "These findings demonstrate the attraction that health and fitness monitoring has within much wider groups than just the obvious...