Consumer

By Dave Muoio 10:21 am March 6, 2019
Fitbit has pulled back the curtain on its latest collection of health and fitness wearables. Chief among these is a scaled back take on the company’s popular Versa smartwatch called the Fitbit Versa Lite. Other new device announcements include a second version of the kid-focused Fitbit Ace, as well as wider consumer availability of the previously revealed Fitbit Inspire and Fitbit Inspire HR. In...
By Laura Lovett 01:39 pm March 5, 2019
This morning Senseonics, an implantable glucose sensor company, announced that data from its Eversense continuous glucose monitor will be integrated into the Glooko diabetes management platform.  This means that users of the Eversense CGM and app will now be able to sync it with the Glooko online platform and app, and be able to see historical blood glucose-related data as well as get updates...
By Dave Muoio 12:20 pm March 5, 2019
San Francisco-based Calm’s meditation service is now directly accessible through the Samsung Health app, the companies announced in a press release yesterday. Smartphone users who have downloaded and updated Samsung’s health and wellness platform can set up or sync a Calm account by clicking on the “Mindfulness” icon within the app, and then following the instructions. Along with personalizing...

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By Dean Koh 10:19 pm March 4, 2019
Halodoc, an Indonesia-based health-tech platform, recently announced that it has raised $65M in a series B funding led by new investor UOB Venture Management. Other new investors in the financing round include Singtel Innov8, Korea Investment Partners and WuXi AppTec. Existing investors also participated. The company said the $65M fundraising would be used to develop its technology and...

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By Leontina Postelnicu 11:57 am March 4, 2019
A&E departments in the UK should introduce AliveCor’s KardiaMobile device into standard care, researchers have said, for patients presenting with heart palpitations or feeling lightheaded, after a study found it was five times more effective than current tests used to diagnose heart rhythm problems. Although often harmless, if patients fully recover before getting to A&E, detecting the...
By Laura Lovett 11:12 am March 4, 2019
Microsoft announced that come the end of May it is shutting down its Health Dashboard and offering refunds to Microsoft Band users. This news comes two and a half years after the tech giant discontinued its fitness tracker offering.  Until the end of May, users will be able to transfer their data using a Microsoft export tool; after that, all the data will be deleted. Existing Bands will still...

Nutrimedy's Director of Nutrition Services and Engagement Mallory Franklin. Photo courtesy of Boston Scientific.

By Dave Muoio 02:36 pm February 28, 2019
Patient engagement and purposeful data implementation were common discussion points during the finals of a digital health pitch competition held last night inside Google’s Cambridge, Massachusetts offices. First kicked off in October, the fourth annual Connected Patient Challenge — cosponsored by Boston Scientific and the tech giant — featured six startup finalists whose offerings were...
By Jonah Comstock 12:56 pm February 28, 2019
Toronto-based CardioComm, a longtime player in the handheld personal ECG space will finally make data available on consumers' smartphones with a new 510(k) clearance for its GEMS Mobile smartphone app, which works on both iOS and Android devices. The company also received clearance for a new ECG device called HeartCheck CardiBeat.  Notably, these are over the counter clearances, allowing the app...

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By Jonah Comstock 07:07 am February 27, 2019
Researchers who use Fitabase to capture data from Fitbit and Garmin devices will soon be able to capture a new kind of data: continuous glucose monitoring data from Dexcom products. The ability to capture glucose values, as well as calibrations, syncs, and alerts, from Dexcom CGMs will allow researchers to study the interplay between blood glucose and the activity, heart rate, and sleep — the...
By Dave Muoio 01:47 pm February 26, 2019
Alongside its artificial intelligence coach, Apple Health and Google Fit integrations, activity-tracking sensors and language translation functionalities, the Livio AI connected hearing aid has a new slew of feature to brag about — chief among which is automatic fall detection and alerts. As of an update announced yesterday, Minnesota-based Starkey Hearing Technologies’ device can now identify...