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By Dave Muoio March 29, 2018
Physicians have touted the benefits of a good night’s sleep for centuries, if not longer, but it hasn’t been until recent years that a provider can see clear data on whether or not their patients have been hitting the sack. To investigate whether wearable sleep trackers could play a role in patient-provider conversations, researchers from Indiana University’s Regenstrief Institute have launched a...
By Jonah Comstock March 27, 2018
As wearables shipments hit 350 million in 2020 (up from 224 million in 2018), healthcare wearables are poised to bring in more revenue via subscription services than wearables in any other industry, according to a new report from Juniper Research.  The report uses AliveCor and Quell as examples of health wearables with a subscription business model, predicting that such companies will pull in $2....
By Dave Muoio March 27, 2018
Israel-based DarioHealth has been granted 510(k) clearance for a version of its Blood Glucose Monitoring System that, alongside the Dario app, is compatible with iPhone 7, 8, and X, according to a statement from the company. “We’ve been working tirelessly to bring forth a solution that would meet the rigorous standards required to achieve the FDA clearance,” DarioHealth CEO and Chairman Erez...
By Laura Lovett March 23, 2018
Correction: A previous version of this story misstated that PhysioWave connects to the user's smartphone. It has been updated to state the system uses a dedicated tablet interface.  University of Stanford spin-out PhysioWave has just received FDA clearance for its pulse wave velocity (PWV) cardiovascular analyzer scale, which measures the stiffness of the vessels transporting blood from the heart...
By Dave Muoio March 23, 2018
The FDA has launched a free mobile app version of its Drugs@FDA online database that offers consumers information on agency-approved drugs. The new app, called Drugs@FDA Express, is free and currently available for download on iOS and Android. “The FDA is continuously seeking ways to bring information to consumers in more accessible formats,” FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in a...
By Dave Muoio March 22, 2018
San Diego-based remote physical therapy company Reflexion Health today announced the launch of two digital rehabilitation products: the VERAHome for post-acute care physical therapy patients, and the VERAClinic for their clinicians. Both products are built upon the framework of VERA (Virtual Exercise Rehabilitation Assistant), Reflexion’s FDA-cleared platform, avatar assistant-driven program that...
By Laura Lovett March 21, 2018
Correction: This article has been updated to accurately reflect that the women health tracking is a feature. It has also been updated to reflect Katherine Binder's accurate title.  Last week Fitbit made a slew of announcements about new product launches that coming in the spring. Among them was a true first for the company: a feature that helps women track their menstrual cycles and symptoms....
By Jonah Comstock March 21, 2018
Newark, California-based EyeQue has launched the EyeQue Insight visual acuity screener, a device that lets consumers test their vision at home. The device looks similar to a VR headset. It attaches to a user’s smartphone and lets them test their visual acuity as if they were in a much larger room. The accompanying app also has a version for kids that includes an animated character who walks them...
By Dave Muoio March 20, 2018
Gatorade’s efforts to conquer dehydration have again entered the digital realm. Twice reports that the sports drink company and Northwestern University have developed a low-cost wearable skin patch that displays various colors to conveniently let the wearer know when they need to take a drink. The patches were developed and introduced in 2016 by Northwestern University McCormick School of...
By Jonah Comstock March 20, 2018
Smartwatch popularity continues to be on the rise, but traditional fitness trackers aren't going anywhere either, according to new market research from International Data Corporation (IDC). The entire worldwide wearables market is on track for 15.1 percent growth this year, for a total of 132.9 million units shipped. Of that, smartwatches represent about one-third of the shipment volume, but two-...

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