Consumer

By Laura Lovett August 16, 2018
A recent study published in JAMA Surgery found that when it comes to reporting conflicts of interest in regards to compensation from medical device companies, doctors aren’t always completely forthcoming.  Researchers discovered that only 37.3 percent of publications written by a sample of doctors receiving the greatest compensation from device companies declared all relevant conflicts of...
Health tracking microchip.
By Susan Morse August 15, 2018
Apple is looking to hire engineers to develop a custom chip for more sophisticated health information tracking and applications, according to a CNBC report. CNBC said it got the information from a job posting from Apple's Health Sensing hardware team. The July 10 job summary is for sensor ASIC architects to design, develop and launch next generation sensor technologies to enable interaction with...
By Dave Muoio August 10, 2018
The FDA announced today that it will allow marketing of Natural Cycles’ contraception app in the US for pre-menopausal women aged 18 years and older. Previously approved in the UK and currently the subject of investigation by multiple regulatory agencies, the algorithm-driven app helps users track their menstrual cycle and informs them when they are most fertile. “Consumers are increasingly using...
By Laura Lovett August 9, 2018
Garmin wearable users now have the option to gain deeper insights into the their heart health, following an announcement that the consumer tech company' wearables will have the ability to integrate with heart health app Cardiogram. “Many users have asked Cardiogram to support Garmin wearables. By directly integrating through the Garmin Health API, Cardiogram has access to the wide array of...
By Dave Muoio August 8, 2018
Voice assistants are finding their way into a growing number of consumer homes, leading an ever-increasing number of healthcare companies to investigate how these connected technologies can be used to improve patients' health and deliver pertinent information directly to the individual. Unsurprisingly, building a successful consumer voice app comes with a number of challenges and considerations...
MinuteClinic Video Visits
By Dave Muoio August 8, 2018
Through a partnership with Teladoc, CVS’ MinuteClinic announced today that it has launched a 24-7 telehealth offering available through an app for consumers’ smartphones. The service is intended for patients aged two years or older seeking care for a minor illness, minor injury, skin condition, or “other wellness needs.” MinuteClinic Video Visits are currently available in Arizona, California,...
By Laura Lovett August 7, 2018
The pentagon is clamping down on wearable fitness devices, following a discovery in January that troop’s secret or confidential locations were revealed by a fitness heat map.   The new restriction means that military personal deployed in operational areas will not be allowed to use wearable trackers or smartphone apps, government issued or otherwise, that can identify their location.  “The...
By Dave Muoio August 2, 2018
Natural Cycles, an app that bills itself as a contraceptive and fertility tracker, has again found itself the target of regulatory investigation due to claims made in its advertisements. According to the Guardian, the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority has kicked off a formal investigation into the Swedish company after receiving three complaints regarding the app and its paid advertising on...
By Dave Muoio August 1, 2018
A group of consumer genetic and personal genomic testing companies have released a set of best practices for handling consumers’ personal genetic data. Designed to ensure privacy and promote transparency, the guidelines include a requirement for separate express consent before a company can transfer genetic data to a third party, such as an insurer or employer. “Supporting strong and transparent...
teen using digital health app while exercising
By Jonah Comstock August 1, 2018
Just under two-thirds of U.S. teens and young adults have used a health-related mobile health app, according to a new survey of more than 1,300 US teens and young adults aged 14 to 22 years. The survey, sponsored by Hope Lab and Well Being Trust, was designed and analyzed in part by Susannah Fox, a former HHS chief technology officer who also conducted similar surveys in the past as a part of the...