Consumer

By  Dave Muoio 04:36 pm March 5, 2021
The FDA has issued its first emergency use authorization for a COVID-19 molecular diagnostic test that does not require a prescription and can be used at home. Developed by Cue Health, the Cue COVID-19 Test for Home and Over the Counter Use was first authorized for point-of-care use last June. It uses a nasal swab sample collected from the lower nose to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 RNA, and...
DiGA, health apps, mental health
By  Anna Engberg 08:10 am March 5, 2021
Germany is the first country in the world to prescribe digital apps – DiGAs, as the Germans call them, and reimburse them through the statutory health system as reported in Healthcare IT News. To drive innovation and speed up the regulatory process around those digital health applications, Germany has introduced a 'Fast Track' for approval, testing, piloting and evaluation of these apps – which...
By  Dave Muoio 03:21 pm March 4, 2021
No-cost medications for patients in need. Online prescription discount platform GoodRx has partnered with the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) to kick off a philanthropic program that will support patients in need with free prescriptions and care. With a target goal of more than $5 million in free medications provided during 2021, the company said that it has kick-...
Walgreen's app
By  Laura Lovett 02:43 pm March 4, 2021
Walgreens has tapped some of the biggest names in digital health like Abbott, BetterHelp and Hinge Health to expand its offering on its Find Care platform. The pharmacy retail giant has now included 11 new digital health companies in the Find Care platform, which was first launched in 2018 to help connect customers to healthcare providers. As of today, a total of 45 digital health companies are...
A new app allows seniors enrolled in the Lively Health & Safety offering to access in-home support services through Apple's wearable.
By  Dave Muoio 01:49 pm March 4, 2021
Yesterday Best Buy announced that it has brought a collection of senior-focused emergency-response services to the Apple Watch via its Lively brand, and plans to add fall detection down the line. Apple Watch Series 4 device owners who are signed up with a Lively Health & Safety plan (which starts at $19.99 per month) can download the Lively app for on-the-wrist access to three of the service'...
Screenshots from Apple's hearing study app
By  Jonah Comstock 01:53 pm March 3, 2021
In honor of World Hearing Day today, Apple and the University of Michigan (along with the World Health Organization) have released preliminary data from the Apple Hearing Study announced back in September 2019. "WHO estimates that there's about 450 million people around the world that have a hearing loss. That's a tremendous public health burden – there's not many other conditions that even...
Ro Vaccine Drive
By  Laura Lovett 01:40 pm March 3, 2021
Virtual care provider Ro will now be making house calls to distribute vaccines to older people and those with disabilities in New York. The company teamed up with New York State’s Department of Public Health to launch its efforts called COVID-19 Vaccine Drive. Patients are able to schedule their appointment via the new Vaccine Drive website. The effort is currently focused on individuals 65 and...
Family telemedicine
By  Laura Lovett 01:49 pm March 2, 2021
Live video telemedicine is up during 2020, but utilization remains highest among high earners with high levels of education, according to a new Rock Health consumer adoption report. The research and venture firm surveyed a total of 7,980 from September 4, 2020 to Oct. 2, 2020 in its annual survey. Researchers noted that 2020 was an unusual year for healthcare because of the pandemic. “Therefore,...
By  Mallory Hackett 03:27 pm March 1, 2021
Clue, a Berlin-based femtech company, announced today that it has received FDA clearance to launch Clue Birth Control, an all-digital form of contraceptive that relies on period tracking data. By combining user menstrual cycle data with Clue’s predictive algorithm, the birth control feature can show which days are high or low risk for pregnancy. From there, users can modify their behaviors to...
A product shot of the Gx Sweat Patch and Gx App
By  Dave Muoio 03:09 pm March 1, 2021
Sports drink vendor Gatorade is the latest to take a run at the connected fitness consumer. The PepsiCo brand launched today a sweat-tracking wearable patch and accompanying fitness monitoring app platform designed to help athletes track their workouts, hydration, salt concentration and other fitness-relevant metrics. It's a concept that the brand first teased nearly five years ago before...