Apple

By Heather Mack September 27, 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 Jonah Comstock September 20, 2016
Apple has hired Dr. Mike Evans, a Toronto doctor who boasts 70,000 followers on his medical-themed YouTube channel. Evans was formerly a staff physician at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. As CBC reported, Evans is a mobile health enthusiast who has talked on his YouTube show about a future in which he might precribe an Apple Watch app for high blood pressure. Apple doesn't typically comment on...
By Jonah Comstock September 16, 2016
This week saw the long-awaited launch of iOS10 and WatchOS3 for Apple users, and with those a number of new health and fitness-related features. We've captured a number of those as they were announced, but now that they're out here's a roundup of all the new tricks your Apple device can now do around your health. HL7 comes to Health. Apple has added support for the Health Level 7 Continuity of...
By Heather Mack September 9, 2016
This year is shaping up to be a big one for acquisitions, if not for the money (many are for undisclosed amounts) but for sheer volume. We’ve seen 30 so far, and with a little over three months to go, 2016 may well end up eclipsing 2015’s total of 37 deals. Rather than just list the companies, we've broken them down into different categories based on who the acquirer is, to try to outline some...
By Jonah Comstock September 8, 2016
The rumors were true. Apple is ditching the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 in favor of headphones that connect via the lightning adapter or wirelessly via Bluetooth. The company argues that the headphone jack is ancient technology whose time has come and that omitting it allows for a thinner and more waterproof device. Critics are upset that they won't be able to use their existing headphones...
By Jonah Comstock September 7, 2016
Apple's announcement day today focused a lot on the new iPhone 7, but the most exciting news for health and fitness fans was related to the Apple Watch series 2, which ups the ante for fitness tracking in several ways. The device is swimproof, has a built-in GPS, and a special version will be created in partnership with Nike. "We call it Apple Watch series 2 and it has been completely re-...
By Heather Mack September 6, 2016
Developers of health and medical apps will now have strict rules to abide by with Apple's new App Store Guidelines that establish a high bar for any app aimed at health and wellness. Previous iterations of the guidelines already laid out the proper protocol for human research subjects and avoiding physical harm, but the new rules carry much more detailed and specific language, ranging from...
By Heather Mack September 6, 2016
The global wearables market is continuing to grow, with 22.5 million devices shipped in the second quarter of 2016 alone, according to a new tracking report by the International Data Corporation (IDC). Top companies in the sector are Fitbit, Garmin, Apple and the Chinese company Xiaomi. In the past year, the overall market has grown 26.1 percent, but the different categories of the industry are...
By Jonah Comstock August 22, 2016
Apple acquired a health data-focused startup called Gliimpse earlier this year, according to a new report from Fast Company confirmed by the company. The amount of the acquisition was undisclosed. Inspired by founder Anil Sethi's experiences with his sister's cancer, Gliimpse has a mission to collect the "bread crumbs of health data" consumers create and bring them all together in one platform....
By Jonah Comstock August 17, 2016
More and more, direct-to-consumer wearables companies are moving into business-to-business healthcare markets. It's not exactly a surprising move -- the potential for consumer technology to encourage healthier lifestyle choices is a core thesis of digital health, and one that could have big implications for healthcare as it faces a rise in chronic conditions. Nonetheless, over the course of the...