Consumer

By Dave Muoio 02:44 pm March 18, 2019
Over the last week, San Francisco-based Vida Health’s consumer and member digital health coaching programs have seen the rollout of a personalized behavior recommendation and reminder tool powered by machine learning. In addition, the company is announcing later today a new coaching program focused on healthy sleeping, both as a standalone offering and as a module supporting its other services...
Among more than 400,000 participants who enrolled in the study, only 0.5 percent ever received an atrial fibrillation alert from the app.
By Dave Muoio 12:29 pm March 18, 2019
This weekend, Stanford Medicine researchers presented the long-awaited results of the Apple Heart Study, which explored the performance of the Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor and an accompanying algorithm in detecting potential arrhythmias. Funded by Apple and launched back in 2017, the research project enrolled 419,297 Apple Watch and iPhone owners. Among these users, 2,161 (roughly 0.5 percent...
By Laura Lovett 03:16 pm March 13, 2019
This morning Concepta Diagnostics, maker of the take-home home fertility monitoring system myLotus, announced a deal with the Walgreens Boots Alliance to sell its product. This news marks the first commercial agreement for the system, which was officially launched in December. So far the system has been approved for a CE mark, allowing the London-based company to begin an EU roll out.  “Boots are...
By Dave Muoio 02:55 pm March 13, 2019
French consumer health device maker Withings has updated its sleep sensor mat with new capabilities that track breathing disturbances throughout a night’s sleep and could eventually warn users of sleep apnea. Available through a free update, the feature builds on the Withings Sleep’s primary function of monitoring sleep cycles, heart rate and snoring, and then displaying scores and suggestions to...

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By Laura Lovett 12:07 pm March 13, 2019
Figuring out the right questions to ask a doctor during a short visit can be stressful, but the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is attempting to help remedy this issue with a new app called Question Builder. The app is free and lets patients figure out the appropriate questions and medical information for them when they take a trip to their doctor. The technology was developed with...
By Jonah Comstock 08:15 am March 12, 2019
BACtrack, a company that has been invested in the smartphone-connected breathalyzer for years now, has launched BACTrack View, a new remote monitoring service that will let friends, family, or sponsors check in remotely on a BACtrack user’s sobriety level. “Alcohol is a drug, and when people have addiction issues with drugs, when they’re at their worst, there can be a lot of lies and a lot of...
By Dave Muoio 02:34 pm March 11, 2019
New research set to be presented next week at the American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific Session describes how the camera on a smartphone could be used to screen for Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is associated with changes to how blood flows through a person’s blood vessels, an effect that researchers from UCSF suggest could be used to detect early changes. By applying a deep...
By Jonah Comstock 01:26 pm March 11, 2019
At SXSW in Austin this weekend, consumer genomics company 23andMe unveiled its latest test, a predisposition report on Type 2 diabetes. The test, which has not undergone FDA clearance and does not purport to diagnose a condition, is designed to help people understand when they’re at a higher-than-normal risk for Type 2 diabetes so they can alter their lifestyle. To assist with the latter piece,...
By Dave Muoio 02:33 pm March 8, 2019
Facebook has detailed its new strategy to curb the spread of vaccine misinformation on both its primary social media platform as well as Instagram. Broadly, these include efforts to reduce the prominence of (but not outright ban) certain flagged groups, pages and search results, as well as the adoption of a firm stance against advertising content including false statements about vaccination. “...
By Dave Muoio 01:27 pm March 7, 2019
Babylon’s triage chatbot and virtual confirmation platform has come to Canada’s British Columbia in the form of a newly launch telehealth app, Babylon by Telus Health. The tool allows users to describe their symptoms to the text-based bot, video consult with a licensed practitioner, and store and easily access consultation notes or other information. The app is the result of a partnership...