Consumer

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...
By Jonah Comstock September 7, 2016
At CES in January, Samsung showed off a concept for a smart belt called Welt (a portmanteau of wellness and belt). At the beginning of the summer, the company announced that the Welt team had spun off into its own startup. Now Welt has brought its device to crowdfunding website Kickstarter, where it proved an overnight success, raising $64,485 over the long weekend.  Welt comes from Samsung...
By Jonah Comstock September 7, 2016
Apple's announcement day today focused a lot on the new iPhone 7, but the most exciting news for health and fitness fans was related to the Apple Watch series 2, which ups the ante for fitness tracking in several ways. The device is swimproof, has a built-in GPS, and a special version will be created in partnership with Nike. "We call it Apple Watch series 2 and it has been completely re-...
By Heather Mack September 6, 2016
The global wearables market is continuing to grow, with 22.5 million devices shipped in the second quarter of 2016 alone, according to a new tracking report by the International Data Corporation (IDC). Top companies in the sector are Fitbit, Garmin, Apple and the Chinese company Xiaomi. In the past year, the overall market has grown 26.1 percent, but the different categories of the industry are...
By Tom Sullivan September 6, 2016
Pokemon Go fever seems to be abating a bit as summer winds down. Already, the game that was once hailed as the most effective health app ever is on the verge of downslide. So the rising question for private and public health professionals, executives and entrepreneurs watching the apps' rapid rise and quick decline: What does Pokemon Go reveal about the fate of so many other health apps, fitness...