Consumer

By Heather Mack March 7, 2017
People who turn to WebMD in their quest for health information can now do so without lifting a finger  – they can use their voice, through a new integration with Amazon Alexa. As of today, people who use the voice-assistant service can launch the WebMD skill on any Alexa-enabled device (such as the Echo, Echo Dot and Amazon Fire TV) and ask a question about a range of health-related topics...
By Jonah Comstock March 7, 2017
Uber has made digital health news several times for partnering with healthcare organizations to provide transportation for patients. In fact, they announced a partnership with an NHS trust along those lines just yesterday. But in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Egypt, the company has a different kind of digital health partnership. The company has partnered with mobile medical app AlTibbi to make...
By Jonah Comstock March 6, 2017
It may not be the smartwatch competitor promised on a recent earnings call, but Fitbit did announce a new device today that combines the advantages of two of its existing trackers. With the Fitbit Alta HR, the wearables company has added the PurePulse heart rate tracking technology from devices like the Fitbit Charge HR to the slimmer fashion-forward Fitbit Alta. The new version of Alta also adds...
By Jonah Comstock March 1, 2017
After the latest in a series of successful quarters (with $171.2 million in revenue, up 31 percent year over year), DexCom is queuing up some big product launches. On yesterday’s Q4 earnings call, CEO Kevin Sayer provided more detail about the forthcoming G6 continuous glucose monitor as well as the first products to come out of DexCom’s partnership with Verily. “In a year of much confusion and...
By Heather Mack March 1, 2017
After building up the human component of their network of suicide prevention organizations, Facebook is now bringing in the machines: The social media company announced they have updated their suicide prevention tools with artificial intelligence to identification of those at risk as well as improve the reporting process and speed up response time. On a company blog post from Vanessa Callison-...
By Heather Mack February 26, 2017
Nokia is set to launch the rebranded Withings suite of consumer digital health tools this summer, including connected scales, blood pressure monitors, thermometers and activity trackers, which will all be under the Nokia name. At the same time, the company will debut the Patient Care Platform for chronic condition management and release an updated version of the Health Mate app, altogether...
By Bill Siwicki February 21, 2017
Lenovo Health has joined forces with Orbita, a connected home healthcare technology vendor, to unveil a virtual home care system at HIMSS17 based on two recently debuted products: Lenovo Smart Assistant and Orbita Voice. Lenovo's Smart Assistant, first previewed at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, is a voice-controlled speaker for the home that combines the Amazon Alexa voice platform...
By Heather Mack February 19, 2017
Walgreens’ Balance Rewards for Healthy Choices program, a set of web, app and text-based programs designed to improve medication adherence, activity and immunization, among other things, may be simple, but it appears to be working.   In addition to high engagement rates with the app and positive reviews from users, Walgreens has found the use of its Balance Rewards program, which operates...
By Heather Mack February 14, 2017
At-home testing kit company myLab Box has expanded its services with the addition of six new tests for sexually transmitted diseases, bringing the company’s total offerings to 10 tests sold in the United States. The company launched the new tests in response to increasing rates of STDs in the country, along with the uncertain future of healthcare services under a new administration. The new tests...
By Jonah Comstock February 14, 2017
In the 1970s at Stanford University, psychology researchers put children in a room with marshmallows to test their impulse control. The study, and its follow-up studies, are considered landmark explorations of the ideas of willpower and impulsivity. Now a group of researchers from The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Cornell Tech, and Sage Bionetworks -- supported by the Robert Wood...