Apple Watch

By Heather Mack February 16, 2017
The digital physical therapy, telehealth and patient engagement platform from UK-based Physitrack is getting a boost in users thanks to a new partnership with mobile EHR company drchrono. Tapped directly by Apple under the tech giant’s largely stealthy Mobility Partner Program, the two companies are joining forces to integrate Physitrack’s home exercise program into drchrono’s EHR on the web,...
By Jonah Comstock February 1, 2017
Apple sees health as the future, the Apple Watch as the present. On Apple's Q1 conference call, CEO Tim Cook almost didn't mention the company's healthcare operations or aspirations at all. But in response to the final investor question, when asked whether future updates to the iPhone would be incremental, Cook alluded to health as one of the areas where the company sees substantive...
By Jonah Comstock January 17, 2017
The Stanford University School of Medicine has launched a Center for Digital Health which will help support greater efficacy data for digital health tools by providing Silicon Valley companies with opportunities to develop, test, and implement new tools in collaboration with the university.  “With our biomedical expertise and location in Silicon Valley, Stanford Medicine is uniquely positioned to...
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 December 5, 2016
It's been a rough couple of weeks for wearables. Yesterday, Lenovo announced it was abandoning its Moto Androidwear line indefinitely, with head of global product development Shakil Barkat saying "wearables do not have broad enough appeal for us to continue to build on it year after year,” according to The Verge. Last week it came out that Pebble, which arguably invented the smartwatch space, is...
By Jonah Comstock November 28, 2016
Since July 2016, Apple has been in discussions with the FDA about two FDA-regulated products in the cardiac monitoring space, MobiHealthNews has learned. The revelation comes from a collection of emails MobiHealthNews obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request to the FDA.   On July 14, 2016, Robin Goldstein, at the time Principal Counsel for Apple, sent an email to FDA Associate Center...
By Heather Mack October 28, 2016
Mountain View, California-based AliveCor, which makes an FDA-cleared mobile electrocardiogram (ECG) device and companion app collectively called Kardia Mobile, has released new features that make it easier to integrate weight, activity, and blood pressure readings via Apple Health or Google Fit. The added features built on Kardia Mobile’s existing monitoring capabilities for atrial fibrillation,...
By Jonah Comstock October 20, 2016
Cardiogram, a startup seeking to make the sensor data from the Apple Watch more useful for the average watch user, and, eventually, useful in a clinical context, has raised $2 million in a round led by Andressen Horowitz's new bio fund, led by Vijay Pande. A number of angel investors also contributed: Homebrew (Satya Patel, VP Product of Twitter and Hunter Walk, Director of Product for YouTube),...
By Jonah Comstock October 13, 2016
It's been a big couple of days for Apple's Apple Watch, which came out ahead in a small study published in the Journal of American Medical Association Cardiology journal yesterday. Additionally, news broke today of two patents that could predict some intriguing future features for the device, and Politico reported on a potential new healthcare use case with the device. The JAMA study was a small...
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...

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