Apple Watch

By Dave Muoio October 5, 2017
Purdue Pharma and Geisinger announced today that the first patient has been enrolled in the companies’ upcoming trial of medical wearables as an alternative therapy for chronic pain. The ResearchKit study looks to see how wearables (in this case, the Apple Watch) can alleviate pain without relying on pharmaceutical painkillers, a commendable goal for a company whose painkilling opioid OxyContin...
By Jonah Comstock September 28, 2017
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles has launched an Apple Watch app to go along with its existing patient-facing app. Patients with Apple Watches will now be able to find hospital and urgent care locations, get directions to the hospital, and even to call a recently-searched doctor, all from the wrist. Cedars-Sinai CIO Darren Dworkin told MobiHealthNews that he sees those functions as just...
By Dave Muoio September 22, 2017
Early adopters left behind on Apple Watch. The upcoming Apple watchOS 4 may be overhauling the wearable’s heart rate detection capabilities, but those who picked up the smartwatch when it first launched in 2015 will have to make due without the added health and fitness features. The Verge attributes this divide to the faster hardware and larger batteries of the Series 1, 2, and 3 watches, which...
By Dave Muoio September 12, 2017
Among Apple’s many device and technology reveals today was an announcement that new health managing software would be built into Apple Watches. Starting Sept. 19, fitness-focused heart rate monitoring will be brought to the face of the watch, alongside warning notifications if an elevated heart rate is detected during a period of inactivity.  The consumer electronics giant will be using this...
By Jonah Comstock August 4, 2017
According to a new report by analyst firm Strategy Analytics, Chinese tech upstart Xiaomi has, for the first time, surpassed Apple and Fitbit as the world's top wearable maker in terms of shipments. Xiaomi, which competes on price, selling wrist-worn trackers for as little as $15, became the market leader with 17 percent market share to Fitbit's 16 and Apple's 13. "Xiaomi’s Mi Band fitness...
By Jeff Lagasse July 27, 2017
Cardiogram, a startup working on algorithms to make the Apple Watch’s heart rate data clinically actionable, is launching two new features for the Apple Watch that aim to help people stay more active this summer: Leaderboards and Workout Zones. Leaderboards is geared toward those who want to inject some friendly competition into their active lifestyles. Friends can compete with one another and...
By Jonah Comstock July 17, 2017
It's been a rough year for wrist-worn wearable activity trackers. As we noted in a column last December, what was once a vibrant and competitive field is now a graveyard of failed devices like the Pebble, the Basis Band, the Nike FuelBand, and many more. Just this month news broke about Jawbone's liquidation after a long, slow decline. You can place the blame for these failures in a number of...
By Jonah Comstock July 5, 2017
At least three digital health companies are poised to take advantage of native Bluetooth on the Apple Watch, announced at the company’s WWDC keynote last month. In addition to Dexcom (which was announced on stage), Apple Watch apps are also either deployed or in the works from both respiratory health company Propeller Health and ReSound, a connected hearing aid company. “New for this year, we're...
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 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...