Consumer

By Jonah Comstock December 20, 2017
Every year it seems like Apple makes more and more moves in the healthcare space, and 2017 was no different. From multiple health-related Apple Watch updates and features to a clinical study to multiple healthcare hires and acquisitions, the company continued to prove its interest in becoming, if not a healthcare company, a consumer company with plenty of healthcare interests. Apple CEO Tim Cook...
By Laura Lovett December 19, 2017
Last week Japanese sports apparel company ASICS announced the launch of its new mobile fitness app, ASICS Studio. The app gives users access to on-demand workouts, including trainer-led audio, curated playlists and visual cues.  The company aims to replicate workouts at boutique fitness classes. The workouts have all been created by professional trainers and are paired with a curated music...
By Laura Lovett December 18, 2017
Today Silicon Valley based-Shapa launched its first behavioral modification platform, aimed at promoting healthy lifestyle changes. The product includes a scale connected to the Shapa app. But unlike normal scales, this scale doesn’t tell users their weight. Instead the scale blindly weighs the user and then the interprets what their daily weight means for them as an individual.  “Sadly,...
By Dave Muoio December 15, 2017
Adidas has ended the business unit responsible for development of its fitness watches, sensor-enabled footwear, and other wearable devices, the Portland Business Journal first reported earlier this week. The decision to close the unit will affect 74 staff positions within the company, according to the reports. Among these were data scientists, experience designers, algorithm developers, and...
By Laura Lovett December 13, 2017
Digital therapy platform AmalgamRX has just announced the upcoming launch of its new app, Beyond, which aims to help patients living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis providing them resources to manage stress. For the 3 million patients living with psoriasis, stress can be a trigger for symptoms. Stress can increase inflammation and make symptoms worsen or cause new flare-ups for patients...
By Laura Lovett December 12, 2017
Today Ascensia Diabetes Care UK launched the latest version of its Contour Diabetes app, a tool that helps people self-manage their diabetes, in the UK and Ireland. The app is designed to connect to the company’s Contour One Next blood glucose meter.  “This latest upgrade to the Contour Diabetes app provides patients with a smarter tool that can help to make the self-management of their diabetes...
By Laura Lovett December 12, 2017
For many women their monthly period can mean a few days of debilitating cramps or at least some discomfort. But last month a study published by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, found that app-based self acupressure could be an effective way to help with menstrual pain compared to usual care.  By the end of the study women who were instructed to use the acupressure reported...
By Bill Siwicki December 12, 2017
Telemedicine continues to go mainstream as more pharmacy chains introduce remote consults within corner drug stores.  NewYork-Presbyterian and Walgreens are collaborating to offer remote access to NYP physicians on Walgreens’ website and at self-service kiosks at select Walgreens-owned Duane Reade drug stores in New York — while CVS has a similar arrangement with the Cleveland Clinic.  This...
By Laura Lovett December 8, 2017
A new reuseable glucose-monitoring smartphone case developed by engineers at the University of California San Diego could make it easier for diabetics to test blood glucose without using a traditional kit, according to an article published in Biosensors and Bioelectronics.  "Integrating blood glucose sensing into a smartphone would eliminate the need for patients to carry a separate device,"...
By Laura Lovett December 5, 2017
Boston-based health transportation company Circulation has announced a partnership with Lyft that would allow its customers to use the ride-sharing service.  “We are pretty passionate about building out a full transportation network that will have many ride option in it,” Robin Heffernan, CEO and cofounder of Circulation, told MobiHealthNews.  Circulation's decision to collaborate was partially...