Apple

By Jonah Comstock June 20, 2017
Apple is allegedly working with health startup Health Gorilla to bring patient medical records to the smartphone. According to a CNBC report, the Sunnyvale, California-based company is helping Apple bring diagnostic data like blood work into the iPhone. Apple’s rumored efforts to create a personal health record, if true, are going to have to overcome the same challenges that Google Health faced...
By Heather Mack June 15, 2017
Three years in the making, and Dreem has come true. The sleep-tracking wearable, made by Paris and San Francisco-based startup Rythm is now available for pre-order. Along with the public debut of Dreem, Rythm also announced the company’s funding to date stands at $22 million, an $11 million increase since they last raised money in March 2016. The $499 Dreem headband uses dry polymer electrodes to...
By Jonah Comstock June 15, 2017
Adherium, the Australia-based, AstraZeneca-backed smart inhaler company, has hired a new CEO. Arik Anderson will head up the company, while former CEO Garth Sutherland steps down into an executive director role on the company's board. Anderson has a background in executive roles at medical device companies, most recently serving as president of perfusion and surgical devices at Terumo...
By Bernie Monegain June 13, 2017
Apple has hired Sumbul Desai, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine at Stanford. Desai is also vice chair of the Department of Medicine and chief digital officer at Stanford Center for Digital Health. Desai will serve in a senior role at Apple in what appears to be a growing healthcare team, CNBC reported on June 8, adding she would continue to see patients at Stanford. Apple executives...
By Heather Mack June 8, 2017
A little more than two years after the debut of ResearchKit, Apple has released a fresh iteration to drive the momentum and sophistication of app-based research projects. This comes on the heels of the company’s annual WWDC, during which Apple announced new health features to the Apple Watch. Along with audiovisual enhancements and improved user interface for both developers and study...
By Jonah Comstock June 5, 2017
As is becoming the trend, the portion of Apple's WWDC conference dedicated to the Apple Watch featured a heavy focus on the watch's health and fitness features, which continue to be the wearable's hallmark feature set.  "Apple Watch is designed to help you live a healthier life," CEO Tim Cook said, "and people are absolutely loving the fitness capabilities, the health capabilities, the quick...
By Jonah Comstock June 2, 2017
On Monday, June 5th Apple will present its worldwide developers' conference (WWDC), an annual event where the company announces new features and products it's launching in the near future. While the focus is usually on new iPhones, Macs, or iPads, it wouldn't be out of character for the company to announce news about its various healthcare ventures as well.  After all, it was at WWDC in 2014 that...
By Jonah Comstock May 23, 2017
What’s that on Tim’s wrist? Apple CEO Tim Cook has been wearing – and talking about – a prototype wristworn glucometer, according to a report in CNBC. Cook spoke to some students at the University of Glasgow about the device, but the company hasn’t shared any details. A rumor surfaced last month that Apple is working on a wrist sensor for blood glucose, which would be something of a gamechanger...
By Heather Mack May 23, 2017
Two genetic testing companies are integrating the workflow of Boston startup FDNA, which makes a suite of apps for clinicians called Face2Gene that use facial analysis, artificial intelligence and genomic insights in hopes of improving diagnoses and treatment of rare diseases. Gaithersburg, Maryland-based GeneDx  – which focuses on rare hereditary disorders – and San Francisco, Helsink and Dubai-...
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...