Consumer

Apple CEO Tim Cook delivers the opening keynote address the 2017 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) at the San Jose Convention Center on June 5, 2017 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

By Laura Lovett May 6, 2019
With Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference less than month away, speculations about what will be unveiled are starting to emerge. Citing unnamed inside sources, Bloomberg has reported a list of features the company is planning to roll out, and health will continue to be a focal point.  Hearing accessibility and wellbeing appear to be at the center of these health-related rumors. The tech giant...
By Dave Muoio May 3, 2019
Awareness of personalized medicine and treatment is slowly, but gradually, on the rise, according to the results of a recent survey polling 1,000 consumers published by automated dosage platform maker Dosis. What’s more, older consumers are the most likely demographic to have some awareness of personalized medicine, as well as the first to admit that their prescriptions are not adequately...
By Laura Lovett May 2, 2019
Facebook Groups were a hot topic at the social media company’s Facebook F8 conference earlier this week, and health was one of the main focuses. The social media platform announced that it has created a “Health Support” tool that will help users find groups to fit their health concerns and needs.  “Different communities have different needs. From communities that are built around specific...
By Jonah Comstock April 30, 2019
When we talk about health consumerism or the consumerization of health, the topic encompasses a lot of disparate ideas. In her new book Health Consuming: From Health Consumer to Health Citizen, Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, a health economist with a 30-year background in the space, seeks to tie those ideas into one cohesive narrative — and to follow that narrative to see where it leads into our future. The...
By Dave Muoio April 30, 2019
Garmin is the latest to throw its hat into the mobile women’s health ring, as this morning the company announced new menstrual cycle tracking to its app-based online fitness service alongside a slew of new Forerunner fitness smartwatches. Starting today, Garmin Connect users can record their cycle type, symptoms and notes about their personal health. By doing so, the service will begin to predict...
By Jonah Comstock April 29, 2019
Personalized wellness company Arivale has shut down its consumer operations, according to a statement posted on the company's website. MedCityNews first spotted the post. "Regrettably, effective today, we are terminating our consumer program," the team wrote in an unsigned note. "Our decision to do so is attributable to the simple fact that the cost of providing the service exceeds what our...
By Dave Muoio April 26, 2019
Healthcare has long had an access issue. While some patients might have the knowledge, experience and opportunity to pursue optimal care when they’re ill, countless others are unaware of the whens, whys and hows of seeking and receiving relief for their condition.  “Access is really key. That can be access to an appointment to a provider [and] it’s also access to quality information,” Dr. Erin...
By Jonah Comstock April 26, 2019
Everyone sleeps. But not everyone sleeps well. And the quality of your sleep can have far-reaching effects on your mental and physical health. Considering all that, it’s no surprise that sleep health has become one of the major focuses of consumer-facing digital health plays — although research has shown that it’s less popular than diet or exercise tracking, and most popular among the “worried...
By Dave Muoio April 25, 2019
The last couple of months saw a pair of regulatory clearances from mobile ECG maker AliveCor surface on the FDA’s 510(k) premarket notification database — the first in March for something called KardiaAI, and the latter a dual-update for the company’s existing KardiaMobile and KardiaStation platforms for consumer and point-of-care use. With AliveCor keeping mum at the time, MobiHealthNews...
By Leontina Postelnicu April 25, 2019
Fast, efficient technology has become the norm this century. It’s no surprise that consumers have high expectations when it comes to ease, but, while e-commerce and banking continue to make strides, for some, healthcare technology is often the stodgy counterpart. Just take comments from a recently-published evaluation of the three-month NHS App pilot in England, where patients expressed their...