Consumer

By Laura Lovett January 30, 2018
Consumers now have another option to turn to when looking for a  new doctor with the recent launch of mobile provider search tool Welloh. The free app is designed to help users navigate their healthcare options. It gives users information about hospitals, pharmacies, care centers, and facilities.  "The information that would enable consumers to make choices about healthcare services has never...
By Jonah Comstock January 25, 2018
When Fitbit acquired indie smartwatch maker Pebble at the end of 2016, it was clear from the beginning that it would be the end of the line for Pebble devices. In fact, Fitibit didn't even acquire Pebble's hardware assets. A year later, Fitbit seems determined to let Pebble's fiercely loyal userbase down easy — and to convert as many of them as possible into users of the company's fledgling...
By Jonah Comstock January 24, 2018
New Zealand-based smart inhaler company Adherium, which up until now has distributed its products via pharma sales channels in Europe and Australia, plans to expand into the United States in the first half of 2018 with a direct-to-consumer (and direct-to-payer) strategy. “We’ve had a great relationship over the last couple of years with AstraZeneca, we’ve launched in a couple dozen countries now...
By Laura Lovett January 22, 2018
Nokia has announced that it will disable the pulse wave velocity measurement feature on its Withings’ Body Cardio scale as of January 24. The company said it is now learning the technology may require a different level of regulatory approval. However, no specific regulation is cited and the company said the FDA did not recommend or request the removal.  “There was not a specific regulatory issue...
By Dave Muoio January 22, 2018
Microsoft announced recently that it will be shuttering HealthVault Insights, the company’s app-based research project that used machine learning to help users analyze and access their personal health records. The app will be removed from the iOS, Android, and Windows storefronts before the end of the month, although users will still be able to access a summary of their generated data on the...
By Dave Muoio January 18, 2018
Fitbit Coach, the company’s connected personal training app, has come to Microsoft’s Xbox One videogame console and other Windows 10 PCs, Fitbit announced in a recent blog post. The service — which costs $39.99 annually — allows customers to follow guided audio and video workouts in their home with additional features provided by their Fitbit wearables. Fitbit Coach is a rebranded version of the...
By Jonah Comstock January 17, 2018
Kinsa is one of the leading digital health companies in the smart thermometer space, but the company’s mission has never been to sell thermometers. Instead, Kinsa has always seen itself as a big data company. With the recent public launch of Kinsa Insights, that aspect of the company is taking center stage. “The core hypothesis of the company is ‘Could we find a way to communicate with someone...
By Dave Muoio January 17, 2018
Editor's note: The headline of a previous version of this article incorrectly referred to Omron's devices as heart rate monitors instead of blood pressure monitors. Last week at CES, Omron Healthcare announced two new heart monitoring devices as well as an updated version of its app to better connect the company’s products. The first device, the Omron HeartGuide, is a watch being billed as the...
By Laura Lovett January 16, 2018
The future of fertility monitoring could be as easy as sliding a monitor under your bed. At CES contact free health monitoring company EarlySense released its latest product Percept, an under-mattress, clinically-proven fertility monitor that tracks the users’ dates of ovulation, fertility window and period by monitoring physiological signals like heart rate and breathing patterns.  “The beauty...
By Jonah Comstock January 16, 2018
In a new study of 934 mobile phone users, 100 percent said they used a mobile phone for health-related purposes, but only 28 percent used an app to track sleep. By contrast, 53 percent tracked exercise and 48 percent tracked diet. The data comes from an online survey conducted by NYU with the help of survey management company Toluna, which did the recruitment. Verizon provided funding. The study...

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