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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...
By Heather Mack May 19, 2017
The days of claiming artificial intelligence as a feature that set one startup or company apart from the others are over. These days, one would be hard-pressed to find any technology company attracting venture funding or partnerships that doesn’t posit to use some form of machine learning. But for companies trying to innovate in healthcare using artificial intelligence, the stakes are...
By Jonah Comstock May 18, 2017
Amazon eyes the pharmacy business. CNBC is reporting that Amazon is getting serious about breaking into the pharmacy business, to the point that the company is hiring a business lead to create a strategy. The company has apparently been eyeing the space for a while but has now taken some more concrete moves. As well as hiring a business lead, the company has held at least one annual meeting to...
By Jonah Comstock May 17, 2017
Lattice, the "dark data" startup Apple snapped up earlier this week, may well have aspirations in the healthcare space.  Apple acquired the company a few weeks ago according to Tech Crunch, which says a source put the deal at $200 million. Lattice is working on using artificial intelligence to turn "dark data", which is unstructured, largely unusable data generated through digital interactions,...
By Heather Mack May 12, 2017
Virtual medical assistant company Sensely is collaborating with the Mayo Clinic to ascertain how to leverage patient engagement and chronic disease monitoring technology. The partnership will blend the Mayo Clinic’s triage algorithms and clinical expertise with Sensely’s patient engagement platform in hopes of assessing and predicting which resources can be best used at the right time to help...
By Jonah Comstock May 11, 2017
Roy J.E.M. Raymann, who, as we reported yesterday, left Apple's sleep team a month ago, has moved to SleepScore Labs, a joint venture between ResMed, Dr. Oz Media, and Pegasus Capital Advisors. He will serve as Vice President of Sleep Science and Scientific Affairs. First announced this year at CES, SleepScore Labs is "currently in the process of examining how people sleep by compiling and...
By Jonah Comstock May 10, 2017
Apple has acquired sleep tracking company Beddit for an undisclosed amount. CNBC broke the news last night based on a change in Beddit's privacy policy, and Apple has since confirmed it. This is an interesting acquisition for Apple, which has largely eschewed the sleep tracking space even as it's become commoditized for the rest of the wearable tracker space. MobiHealthNews noted when the Apple...
By Jonah Comstock April 13, 2017
Apple has even more secret health aspirations than anyone realized, according to reporting by Christina Farr for CNBC yesterday. Citing sources inside the company, Farr reports that Apple has a small offsite team dedicated to diabetes research that's been working for about five years. The goal is one many other tech companies are working on but no one's close to cracking: noninvasive, continuous...