Consumer

By Jonah Comstock January 18, 2017
Samsung news site SamMobile is reporting that a new version of Samsung's S Health app is in the works, and that it will add doctor's visits, telemedicine, and symptom checker features through partnerships with American Well and WebMD. SamMobile expects the update to launch with the launch of the Galaxy S8 in late February. The site said it's a "deep integration" which will allow users to search...
By Jonah Comstock January 17, 2017
Last November, as part of an investigative series on Apple's meetings with the FDA, we reported the company's stated plans to develop "two possible (and related) products in the cardiac space" which would require FDA clearance. In that report we speculated, based largely on a quote from Tim Cook in the Telegraph, that one of the products might be a wearable ECG built into an Apple Watch strap,...
By Jonah Comstock January 11, 2017
Our roundup of 31 health devices at CES covered a wide range of interesting launches, but there were a number of additional devices we didn't get to. In this part 2, check out 12 more digital health devices that debuted last week at the Las Vegas tech show. We covered BACTrack's smartphone-connected breathalyzer way back in 2013, but at CES the company introduced the next generation: a wearable...
By Jonah Comstock January 9, 2017
When Fitbit bought Pebble at the end of last year, the evidence seemed against Fitbit branching into real smartwatches: The company explicitly declined to buy Pebble's hardware business or hire any members of Pebble's hardware team. But now Fitbit CEO James Park has confirmed to The Verge that Fitbit is planning to very soon launch its own app store, a sure sign, The Verge thinks, that Fitbit is...
By Jonah Comstock January 6, 2017
In addition to the many device launches, several digital health companies use CES (formerly known as the Consumer Electronic Show) in Las Vegas as an opportunity to announce updates and major partnerships and collaborations. Read on for the biggest non-launch health news from the show. Lots of news from Fitbit Wearable giant Fitbit announced a number of partnerships as well as updates to its app...
By Heather Mack January 6, 2017
While digital health doesn't have as big of a presence at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas as other industries, there were a fair number of wearables, apps and sensor-enabled tools showcased. There were also several partnerships announced, which you can read about here. Some have already been covered in MobiHealthNews yet didn't make their official debuts til this week, but most were...
By Jonah Comstock January 3, 2017
American Well and EarlySense have partnered to make telemedicine visits available to users of EarlySense's bed-based sleep sensor. The service is related to EarlySense Live, the long-awaited home use version of the the Ramat Gan, Israel-based device maker's signature product. "One of the key attributes of a superior telehealth experience is how informed the physician is about the patient in front...
By Heather Mack December 15, 2016
Consumer adoption of digital health has reached its tipping point. More people than ever are using wearable devices, accessing telemedicine, and going online to search health information. They are also more willing to pay for digital health tools, more willing to share their data, and want to take more ownership of their health, according to a new report from San Francisco-based venture fund Rock...
By Jonah Comstock December 13, 2016
Globally and in the US, use of connected health devices is still low and hasn’t changed since last year, according to extensive survey data from Ipsos, shared today at the Connected Health Conference in National Harbor, Maryland. “What we lack is objective data,” Reena Sangar, head of digital and connected health at Ipsos, told conference attendees. “The data [that’s out there now] is very US-...
By Tom Sullivan December 12, 2016
Orbita announced its Voice Experience Designer at the Connected Health Conference on Monday. The company described the software as a graphical tool healthcare organizations can use to build voice assistants that aid patients in their homes. “We provide the connectivity services, the orchestration logic for data that comes in and collaboration app for caregivers to communication with patients,”...