Consumer

By Dave Muoio December 20, 2018
This morning, Omron Healthcare announced that the HeartGuide wristwatch — a wearable oscillometric wrist blood pressure monitor unveiled earlier this year at CES 2018 — has received FDA clearance and will be available at retail on January 9, 2019. The device is currently available for preorder for $499. The key feature of the product is a flexible synthetic band that is designed to inflate and...

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By Laura Lovett December 19, 2018
This afternoon London-based Concepta Diagnostics unveiled exclusively to MobiHealthNews the UK release of its myLotus Fertility app and monitoring system, which lets women trying to conceive test their hormone levels at home.  The new product and app uses luteinising hormone (LH) levels — higher levels indicate ovulation — to help predict when a woman has the best chance to become pregnant.  The...

Above photo: Dr. Snehal Patel, CEO & Co-founder of MyDoc. Photo: MyDoc

By Dean Koh December 18, 2018
The digital managed care platform MyDoc has been tapped to digitally deliver health screening results of AIA Vitality members in Singapore, creating the first digitally integrated corporate health screening programme for the global insurer. As a digital healthcare provider, MyDoc is part of Singapore’s Ministry of Health's (MOH) regulatory sandbox for telemedicine, allowing it to offer digital...

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By Dave Muoio December 17, 2018
With roughly a week to go before thousands of devices are unwrapped under the tree, Fitbit has pushed out a bevy of updates to its smartwatches that make it easier for wearers to quickly grasp their individual health performance. Specifically, Fitbit OS 3.0 expands the Fitbit Ionic, Fitbit Ionic: adidas edition and Fitbit Versa’s dashboards to include new data on a wearer’s sleep, exercise and...
By Laura Lovett December 12, 2018
Last week the Department of Homeland Security and Philips issued notices alerting the public to possible cyber security risks in Philip’s HealthSuite Health Android app.  The DHS said the risk was related to inadequate encryption strength and warned that it would not be difficult for hackers to exploit this vulnerability.  “Successful exploitation of this vulnerability may allow an attacker with...
By Dave Muoio December 12, 2018
A Stanford study recently published in npc Digital Medicine suggests that the iPhone’s step measurement capabilities are sufficient enough to monitor and measure patients’ activity remotely. However, the device’s built-in walking distance measurement algorithm is inconsistent, and should not be used when gauging a patients’ activity or building a patient monitoring app for conditions such as...
By Jonah Comstock December 11, 2018
New York City-based FoodMarble officially launched its FoodMarble AIRE device last week. The device allows individuals to test hydrogen levels in their breath, a method that can be used to identify foods they have trouble digesting. “Everyone knows some things you shouldn’t be eating; You don’t eat a bowl of M&Ms for lunch,” Dr. James Brief, a gastroenterologist and FoodMarble’s chief medical...
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...