Consumer

By Jonah Comstock September 21, 2016
Does your Fitbit actually make you less likely to lose weight? Probably not, despite what you may have read recently. That was the question a number of major consumer-focused media outlets were asking after a new study in JAMA seemed to show just that. The study, which found that young adults who used a wearable actually lost less weight than those that didn't, checked off most of the boxes...
By Heather Mack September 20, 2016
Even though more people than ever are using digital tools to manage their healthcare – from comparison shopping medical service to purchasing insurance – that doesn’t mean they like it, or even fully understand it. In fact, most Americans have a limited knowledge of basic health insurance terms or the cost range for specific medical services. According to a new poll of 1,011 US adults by...
By Jonah Comstock September 20, 2016
If you were to make a list of companies you'd expect to see at a clinical trial-focused health technology conference like DPharm Disruptive Innovation US, you probably wouldn't include ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft. But they were both in attendance in Boston today, presenting remarkably similar visions for using their software platforms to solve transportation problems in healthcare. "Why...
By Jonah Comstock September 16, 2016
This week saw the long-awaited launch of iOS10 and WatchOS3 for Apple users, and with those a number of new health and fitness-related features. We've captured a number of those as they were announced, but now that they're out here's a roundup of all the new tricks your Apple device can now do around your health. HL7 comes to Health. Apple has added support for the Health Level 7 Continuity of...
By Heather Mack September 15, 2016
US consumers are getting more comfortable using mobile devices to manage their health, a new study finds. Even in the face of privacy concerns, Americans are increasingly sharing medical information, sending photos to their doctors, using fitness or activity trackers, and using AI to become active players in their healthcare. Ketchum conducted an online survey of 2,000 smartphone-owning Americans...
By Heather Mack September 14, 2016
At TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco, startups and established tech companies alike gathered to showcase new ideas and products as well as announce the launch of new gadgets. While healthcare had a smaller presence at the conference than some of the other industries, a handful of digital health innovators were on deck to share their ideas to impact medical care, fitness and wellbeing.  Here is...
By Heather Mack September 13, 2016
Austin, Texas-based EverlyWell, which provides a platform for consumers to order lab tests online, provide their samples and receive the results in an easily readable format, announced its official public launch at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco, following a three-month beta period during which the company gained nearly 1,500 paying customers across 45 states. The company, which was founded...
By Heather Mack September 12, 2016
Gluten-free foods – and awareness of sensitivities and allergies – are so commonplace these days that it seems people with such dietary needs shouldn’t have a problem knowing whether food will trigger a reaction or not. But gluten, the protein found in wheat and related grains, abounds in sneaky ways, like in sauce or on restaurant dishes, and even when people try to go out of their way to avoid...
By Heather Mack September 8, 2016
People with prediabetes using health coaching app Noom achieved levels of success that are comparable to traditional diabetes prevention programs for weight loss and health management, a new study found. The study, published in the British Medical Journal Open Diabetes Research & Care, found 64 percent of people using the Noom app lost more than 5 percent of their weight, which is comparable...
By Heather Mack September 8, 2016
Favor is once again on Fitbit’s side in the ongoing legal battle between the leading wearable company and its increasingly beleagured competitor Jawbone. The US International Trade Commission ruled that a judge erred in deciding that two Fitbit patents weren’t eligible for legal protection.  Now, Fitbit can pursue an effort to block Jawbone’s products from the US market, but Jawbone doesn’t think...