Consumer

By Jonah Comstock December 7, 2018
When Mango Health announced last month that CEO Jason Oberfest was stepping down, the company didn't mention where Oberfest was going. Now, according to his LinkedIn, first spotted by CNBC, he has joined Apple's health team in an unspecified role.  Mango Health, which launched in 2012, has achieved success, or at least longetivity, as a gameified, incentive-based medication adherence app. He's...
By Jonah Comstock December 6, 2018
It looks like Apple's not yet done with Beddit, the sleep-tracking device startup it acquired in May 2017. An FCC filing uncovered by VentureBeat suggests strongly that the company is planning to launch a new version of the device, likely with more traditional Apple design but retaining the Beddit brand. Launched in 2013, Beddit's under-the-sheets strap leverages ballistocardiography (BCG), a...
By Jonah Comstock December 6, 2018
As predicted, the Apple Watch's version 5.1.2 update went live today, giving anyone in the United States with an Apple Watch Series 4 the ability to take an ECG reading on the wrist. Alongside the active ECG, the Watch's passive irregular rhythm detection feature launched today as well. "We are confident in the ability of these features to help users have more informed conversations with their...
By Dave Muoio December 5, 2018
Smart pill bottle cap maker Pillsy has launched a subsidiary that will pair the adherence technology with a nutritional supplement subscription service. Called Stride Nutrition, the service is now available for consumers in the US with plans to expand internationally in 2019. At launch, Stride’s service will have consumers sign up for one of three different supplement combinations: a multivitamin...
By Dave Muoio December 4, 2018
Pillo, the countertop device that uses conversational artificial intelligence to help patients manage their treatments, is now available to consumers for online purchase, manufacturer Pillo Health announced this morning. The device is currently being sold for $499 alongside a one-year subscription to the company’s connected service. Designed for older patients or those with chronic diseases and...

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By Dean Koh November 29, 2018
Jianke.com, China's online healthcare platform, yesterday announced during the Jianke Doctor Rebrand & 2018 Jianke Partners' Conference in Shanghai that they will be entering into a strategic partnership with US-based global pharmaceutical leader Pfizer. Both companies will leverage their leadership in their respective fields and successful practices to implement a patient-focused strategy in...
Jeff Williams shows off the Apple Watch ECG in September.
By Jonah Comstock November 29, 2018
Apple made big waves at its last September special event by announcing — concurrent with FDA's announcement of its clearance — an ECG reader built into the Apple Watch Series 4. Now, according to a leaked training document obtained by MacRumors, that feature is set to go live in the next WatchOS update, version 5.1.2, due out before the year's end. While the Watch itself has been on sale since...

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By Dean Koh November 29, 2018
Roche announced last week the launch of FoundationOne CDx, Foundation Medicine’s comprehensive companion diagnostic test for personalised cancer care in Singapore. According to the official media release, FoundationOne CDx supports clinicians in their decision-making by providing a clear, in-depth report that describes the unique genomic profile of a patient’s tumour as well as associated,...
By Laura Lovett November 28, 2018
Users of the digital health platform Open Health Network are now getting a chance to cash in on their health data with the platform’s new feature, called PatientSphere.  The new feature employs blockchain technology to let patients monetize their health data. The idea is to connect companies or research institutions with folks who fit the criteria they need for different studies or analytics....
By Dave Muoio November 27, 2018
Keyto, a startup building a connected breath sensor and companion app to support users following a ketogenic diet, has raised $2.5 million in seed funding. The round was led by Craft Ventures, and also included additional support from Floodgate Fund, Abstract Ventures and Hydra Ventures alongside Eventbrite cofounders Julia and Kevin Hartz. According to a statement, this investment will be used...