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By Jonah Comstock August 25, 2014
Joining the ranks of Google and Apple, online retail giant Amazon has met with the FDA, according to the agency's public calendar, according to a report in Modern Healthcare. Just why Amazon met with the FDA is still a matter for speculation. Of the three companies, Google has been the most transparent about its meeting with the FDA. It announced on its blog in January that it had met with the...
By Jonah Comstock August 19, 2014
While Novartis' recent partnership with Google and its longtime relationship with Proteus have indicated that the pharma company has an interest in digital health, a page on the company's website, added this summer, lays out its broad vision and explicit interest in mobile health specifically. The company even has a mobile health strategy lead, Michele Angelaccio, who holds the title of Associate...
By Jonah Comstock August 11, 2014
Google has released a preview software development kit (SDK) for Google Fit, the platform the company will launch later this year to help Android users aggregate data from fitness apps and devices. The preview launch gives some hints about what the final SDK will look like when it launches later this year. In a blog post, Google explained that the preview SDK will contain three different APIs....
By Jonah Comstock July 28, 2014
Once again, Google has captured the news cycle with the announcement of an ambitious, health-focused project. But although Google's health portfolio continues to grow, its handful of health projects are still little more than pet projects to the search giant. As reported last week by The Wall Street Journal, the Google Baseline study will use a combination of genetic testing and digital health...
By Jonah Comstock July 22, 2014
Chinese electronics company Xiaomi has announced a new fitness band that will retail in China for just $13 (79 RMB). The device will track activity, act as a silent alarm, and do something novel for fitness-tracking wristbands: unlock the user's phone in lieu of a password. PC World covered the launch event where CEO Lei Jun announced the device. Although Xiaomi is just starting to sell devices...
By Jonah Comstock July 15, 2014
Just seven months after announcing its ambitious contact lens program, Google has announced a partnership with Novartis eye care division Alcon to license its still-largely-theoretical "smart lens" to the Swiss pharma company. "We are looking forward to working with Google to bring together their advanced technology and our extensive knowledge of biology to meet unmet medical needs," Novartis CEO...
By Aditi Pai June 25, 2014
During the keynote of the Google I/O developer conference today, Google Play Product Manager Ellie Powers announced a new fitness platform for digital health app and device developers, called Google Fit, that aims to help people better track their fitness goals. Specific rumors about this platform first surfaced last week. Google announced Google Fit just a few weeks after Apple announced its...
By Jonah Comstock June 17, 2014
San Francisco-based Augmedix, one of several startups developing Google Glass software and modifications for hospital use cases, has raised $7.3 million in a round led by DCM and Emergence Capital Partners. This includes the $3.2 million the company announced in March, and $4.1 million in additional new funding. The company also announced two other milestones: it has been named a certified Glass...
By Jonah Comstock June 13, 2014
Google Now tracking activity. First it was Samsung's SAMI, then Apple's HealthKit. Now Google is, according to a report from Forbes, preparing to launch its own software platform for aggregating fitness and health data. According to Forbes, Google will follow Apple's leads and announce Google Fit at its own developer conference, Google I/O, June 25 and 26. The software will aggregate data...
By Jonah Comstock March 20, 2014
RunKeeper CEO Jason Jacobs More and more fitness devices are flooding the market, but Jason Jacobs, CEO of RunKeeper, thinks they are on a "road to nowhere." In an onstage interview with Xconomy editor Curt Woodward at the publication's Mobile Madness 2014 event in Cambridge, Massachusetts yesterday, he talked about how he sees the space changing. "We built this app for the phone and then we...