wearables

By Dave Muoio September 18, 2017
New research shows users of fitness tracker wearables are more active when their fitness apps include frequent social network activity, and will take an average of 20 percent to 25 percent more steps after receiving prompts from a digital coach. According to a recent study — which was designed and conducted in joint by VSP Global, maker the Level wearable used in the investigation, and the...
By Jonah Comstock September 15, 2017
One of the biggest promises of mobile health apps and wearables is the sheer amount of data they collect. As that dataset grows, a number of different stakeholders are taking an interest in it, among them patients themselves, doctors, and clinical researchers. The latter is the focus of a new report out today from the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy. “Under a collaborative agreement with...
By Dave Muoio September 14, 2017
Accreditation proposals target telehealth. The Joint Commission has proposed changes to its accreditation standards related to telehealth, which would apply to all accredited hospitals and organizations offering these services as well as their telehealth contractors. The proposals, Nathaniel Lacktman of Foley & Lardner LLP writes, require hospitals to confirm patients’ locations when...
By Jeff Lagasse September 5, 2017
Swedish outfit Aifloo, which produces a smart wristband powered by artificial intelligence, has raised $6 million (€5.1 million) in new funding, according to TechCrunch. EQT Ventures led the Series A funding round.   Seniors are the target demographic for the wristband, as it’s designed to improve the quality of their lives and make things easier for caregivers. The product is equipped with...
By Jonah Comstock August 31, 2017
IFA, a consumer electronics trade show that rivals CES for scope, begins this week in Berlin, and a number of wearables companies are taking the opportunity to announce next generation devices. At the same time, IDC has come out with its quarterly wearables tracking numbers. IDC reports that wearables shipments grew 10.3 percent year over year, reaching 26.3 million during the second quarter of...
By Jonah Comstock August 17, 2017
UCB, a global pharmaceutical company, is partnering with Belgian American health startup Byteflies to use the startup's wearable sensors to monitor seizures. Byteflies makes a customizable wearable device for the pharma and healthcare industries called Sensor Dot. It's a quarter-sized sensor that can be worn around the wrist or attached anywhere on the body as a patch. It's capable of measuring ...
By Jeff Lagasse August 17, 2017
The wearables market continues to generate a lot of attention, both positive and negative. Fitness trackers and smartwatches remain the flag bearers of the wearable market, seeing growth but at a slower pace than has been estimated, according to a new report from Tractica.   Meanwhile, other wearable device categories such as body sensors continue to show strong promise, driven largely by...
By Jonah Comstock August 2, 2017
Fruit Street Health, a digital health and telemedicine company currently focused on delivering a digital diabetes prevention program, has raised $3 million in new funding from physician investors. Dr. Jeremy Tucker, a senior emergency medicine physician on the board of directors of Fruit Street, led the round, which brings the company's total funding to $8.4 million. Raising money from physicians...
By Heather Mack June 29, 2017
Life sciences consulting firm Parexel is teaming up with Sanofi to research the role of wearables in clinical trials. While sensor-enabled devices have increasingly featured in a variety of research projects and studies, their efficacy and accuracy remains a point of debate, and Parexel and Sanofi hope to investigate that question. Together, Sanofi and Parexel are leveraging their respective...
By Heather Mack June 22, 2017
For all the debate over the staying power of wearables – with some writing them off as a fad inevitably headed towards obsolescence like countless other types of consumer technology – the market doesn’t seem to line up with those concerns. According to the International Data Corporation’s last check, the demand for wearables is actually expected to grow. In 2017, the IDC estimates vendors will...