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By Jonah Comstock September 29, 2016
Sharecare has made another acquisition, buying virtual reality company BioLucid for an undisclosed amount. BioLucid's technology, which uses virtual tours of the body to educate patients, will be incorporated into Sharecare's growing stable of patient engagement tools, but the company will also continue to operate out of its Sarasota, Florida office under the name "Sharecare Reality Lab". “Visual...
By Heather Mack September 29, 2016
Beginning this fall, Aetna will combine Apple’s consumer tech offerings with its analytics-based wellness and care management programs by integrating several iOS-exclusive health initiatives. First off, the company will make the Apple Watch available to some of its large employers and individual members during open enrollment season, and will be subsidizing part of the cost. Aetna will also be...
By Heather Mack September 29, 2016
Dr. Mehmet Oz, a well-known television personality, has joined health technology startup iBeat as Special Advisor, in addition to making an investment in the company. The company makes a not-yet-launched smartwatch that offers continuous monitoring and analysis of heart rate, working to instantly detect signs of oncoming cardiac arrest. Oz, after reportedly seeing the potential impact of the...
By Jonah Comstock September 29, 2016
About a third of internet-connected people worldwide currently track their health and fitness via an online or mobile app or a wearable according to a new survey by Gfk, who conducted an online survey of more than 20,000 consumers aged 15 or older across 16 countries. "These findings demonstrate the attraction that health and fitness monitoring has within much wider groups than just the obvious...
September 29, 2016
Medtronic came out with two pieces of news yesterday around its connected diabetes efforts: an FDA clearance for a MiniMed Connect closed loop system and the first test cohort of its Sugar.IQ app, created in collaboration with IBM Watson. The FDA approval of Medtronic’s MiniMed 670G hybrid closed looped system was announced by the FDA itself, as it’s the first automated insulin delivery system to...
By Jonah Comstock September 29, 2016
Lose It!, one of the earliest food tracking apps, announced the beta launch of a new feature this morning: Snap It, which allows users to log food by taking a picture of it (then selecting the correct food from a list). “We’ve been thinking about it for years and years an years and the question has been, when will be the time when the technology is close enough that anyone will ever use it? And...
By Heather Mack September 28, 2016
As part of an initiative from Health 2.0’s Technology for Healthy Communities, a Medi-Cal managed care organization will get an infusion of digital health tools to better serve their at-risk community. The San Leandro-based Community Health Center Network is partnering with San Francisco-based Welkin Health, which specializes in patient relationship management through messaging services and...
By Jonah Comstock September 28, 2016
StartUp Health has launched its second regional affiliate program, following the launch of a Finland-focused program in May. The new program is closer to home for StartUp Health, as the accelerator is launching a Colorado group. “We are proud to see the launch of StartUp Health Colorado and welcome its global community of Health Transformers,” Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said in a...
September 28, 2016
In response to the Zika outbreak, University of Arizona's College of Public health researchers and the UA Bio Computing Facility have released a crowd-sourcing mobile app to track the disease and help detect outbreaks. The community-based disease detection system, Kidenga, allows public health investigators to both track mosquito-populations within a community and identify those experiencing Zika...
By Heather Mack September 28, 2016
Chronic disease management not only eats up upwards of 85 percent of US healthcare spending, it also accounts for seven out of 10 US deaths per year. So innovation in this sector is critical, but must take many forms, a panel of digital health companies said at Health 2.0. “We can quote, all day, stats for chronic disease spending, and if we don’t work to reverse this trend, that amount will...

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