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By Jonah Comstock September 12, 2013
Jawbone has raised $93 million in debt, with an additional $20 million in equity rumored, according to a report from Fortune. CEO Hossain Rahman told Fortune that the company resorted to a debt raise in light of a much-higher-than-anticipated demand for its products, mentioning the Up activity tracker specifically. "We've been experiencing crazy sell-through demand, particularly since the...
By Aditi Pai September 6, 2013
Last week, Teladoc acquired Consult A Doctor for an undisclosed sum. This news marked the eleventh acquisition so far this year. Four months ago, MobiHealthNews compiled a list of six acquisitions that had occurred so far in 2013, starting in January when athenahealth bought Epocrates for $293 million. Just a month after that, Jawbone acquired Massive Health to improve its wearable health device...
By Jonah Comstock August 29, 2013
Earlier this year, Jawbone bought another company, Palo Alto-based nutrition app maker Nutrivise for an unknown sum, without making any official announcement. MobiHealthNews learned of the acquisition from StartX Health, an accelerator in which Nutrivise participated. Nutrivise was founded in 2011. In 2012 the company created an app, called Here&Now, which it described as "a nutritionist in...
By Jonah Comstock July 29, 2013
Jawbone, the San Francisco company known for its Bluetooth speakers and headsets and, more recently, for the UP wristworn activity tracker, has hired Monica Rogati, a data scientist most recently working at LinkedIn, to the newly-created position of VP of data. "I'm going to lead the data team @Jawbone; excited to be at the intersection of wearable computing, quantified self & personalized...
By Brian Dolan July 11, 2013
This week we pushed live our latest edition of The MobiHealthNews Podcast. Over the past few weeks MobiHealthNews writer Jonah Comstock and I discussed the world of wearable activity tracking with an impressive group of entrepreneurs working in that space. We covered issues ranging from wearability, fashion, and battery life to pricepoints and next steps. What would an Apple iWatch do to the...
By Jonah Comstock June 26, 2013
This year marks the ninth Games For Health conference, an event which has long paid particular attention to mobile health gaming. But Ben Sawyer, the event's organizer and arguably the biggest name in health gaming, says the mobile health gaming industry is "still in pre-season." "The software's evolving, but no one seems to be running away with anything," Sawyer said in the opening address of...
By Jonah Comstock June 11, 2013
Basis Science, makers of the Basis Band, finally launched their first mobile app, and, notably, it's an Android app. The app currently works on five phones, all from Samsung, but the company promises more to come. The $199 Basis Band launched last November with Bluetooth connectivity built into all devices, but no mobile app at all. That was something of a surprising move for an activity tracker...
By Jonah Comstock June 3, 2013
Integrated health system Kaiser Permanente is launching an open API, called Interchange, that will enable developers to use publicly available information from Kaiser Permanente in their own apps. Initially, Kaiser Permanente will share data about the location, hours of operation and specialty information for the organization's 37 hospitals and more than 600 medical offices. That location data...
By Jonah Comstock May 27, 2013
When Jawbone acquired BodyMedia last month, it made a big splash in the health and fitness tracker space: the two companies are both major, visible players in the quick-moving field, and we predicted that the acquisition would make other competitors like Fitbit and Basis nervous, and possibly lead to further acquisitions and mergers in the field. MobiHealthNews caught up with former BodyMedia CEO...
By Jonah Comstock May 24, 2013
Research firm ON World is predicting a fitness tracking capability will be a top consumer requirement for forthcoming smartwatches. "Some sports and fitness markets will be disrupted by the emergence of new general purpose mobile sensing products such as smartwatches," Mareca Hatler, ON World's research director, said in a statement. “Also, dedicated mobile sensing sports and fitness device...

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