Consumer

By Jonah Comstock May 26, 2017
In the State of Texas, a major piece of telemedicine legislation is sitting on Governor Greg Abbott’s desk. Known as Senate Bill 1107 and House Bill 2697, the bill abolishes the requirement that patient-physician relationships be established with an in-person visit before telemedicine can be used. Texas is the final state of 50 to abolish this requirement, so the bill's passage will allow...
By Heather Mack May 25, 2017
The proliferation and ever-increasing sophistication of wearable activity trackers makes clear that we have come a long way from analog pedometers and clunky heart rate monitors, but new research suggests those metrics may be the only ones modern wearables can accurately track. Stanford researchers took a hard look at seven different consumer wearables with a group of 60 volunteers, who wore the...
By Jonah Comstock May 24, 2017
Online eye glasses retailer Warby Parker has launched a new app to offer online eye exams to users. While a number of companies offer ocular telehealth in various forms to users in regulatory-friendly states, and some of those companies also sell contact lenses, Warby Parker would be the first glasses retailer to venture into the space. The FDA-registered app, called Prescription Check, is...
By Jonah Comstock May 23, 2017
Withings products are back on Apple Store shelves following the settlement of a patent lawsuit between Apple and Withings parent company Nokia. The announcement comes with a suggestion that the two companies could be working together on a digital health project now that their relationship is restored. "This is a meaningful agreement between Nokia and Apple," Maria Varsellona, chief legal officer...
By Jonah Comstock May 17, 2017
Lattice, the "dark data" startup Apple snapped up earlier this week, may well have aspirations in the healthcare space.  Apple acquired the company a few weeks ago according to Tech Crunch, which says a source put the deal at $200 million. Lattice is working on using artificial intelligence to turn "dark data", which is unstructured, largely unusable data generated through digital interactions,...
By Jonah Comstock May 11, 2017
San Francisco-based meditation app Simple Habit has raised $2.5 million in a new round of funding that includes investors New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Fabrice Grinda's FJ Labs, Foundation Capital and the founders of Dropbox and Gusto. This is the first round of funding for the company, whose app launched on the iOS App Store in April 2016. CEO Yunha Kim, who went from being an investment...
By Heather Mack May 11, 2017
Fitbit’s activity-tracking wearables may be a common features of many corporate wellness programs – their products are currently in use by over 1,300 companies – but all those step challenges and healthy lifestyle motivators aimed at lowering healthcare costs still only make up about 10 percent of the company’s revenue. So, in order to best position their enterprise strategy, Fitbit is merging...
By Heather Mack May 11, 2017
It may not seem like a big change, but an extra two beats per minute in resting pulse rate could mean the difference between getting pregnant or not. This clue into fertility windows have led researchers at the University of Zurich to suggest the wearable fertility trackers from San Francisco and Zurich-based Ava could be a value tool for couples looking to conceive. The study, published in the...
By Heather Mack May 8, 2017
Higia Technologies, a Mexican biosensors company headed by 18-year-old Julian Rios Cantu, has unveiled a prototype version of a bra called Eva, which founders say can detect breast cancer. Eva, a thick-strapped item that looks like a sports bra, is equipped with sensors to map the surface of the breast and surrounding areas along with texture, color and temperature. Since cancerous tumors bring...
By Jonah Comstock May 4, 2017
Fitbit is showing signs of rebounding after a weak Q4 that saw layoffs and restructuring for the wearable company. In its Q4 earnings call, the company reported a net loss per share of 15 cents, compared to a projected loss of 18 percent.  “Twenty-seventeen marks a 10-year anniversary for the company,” CEO James Park said on the company’s earnings call. “We have accomplished much over this period...