Consumer

By Dave Muoio 04:18 pm August 14, 2019
Following an acquisition last year by WW (formerly Weight Watchers), Kurbo Health has retooled and relaunched its weight loss app and coaching services as Kurbo by WW. The tool not only sports a new look, but now includes a new focus on healthy behavior and wellness promotion that’s designed with children and adolescents in mind. This subtle shift in approach comes in part from hands-on audience...
By Dave Muoio 02:22 pm August 9, 2019
Following another rough quarter, NeuroMetrix has sought outside help in an effort to restructure its business and is pivoting away from a direct-to-consumer business model for its wearable pain relief platform, Quell. “NeuroMetrix has good product lines and technology, and more broadly, the company has real value,” Dr. Shai Gozani, CEO and president of NeuroMetrix, told investors in a recent...
By Laura Lovett 03:45 pm August 8, 2019
Earlier this week LifeOmic, maker of a provider-facing data integration app, announced a new platform dubbed LIFE Extend that's designed to help patients prevent chronic disease associated with aging.  The app gives users points for tracking their physical activity, nutrition, mindfulness, sleep and intermittent fasting. Once a user acquires a certain amount of points, they can cash them at...
By Dave Muoio 03:08 pm August 8, 2019
Sensors from consumer-grade devices like iPhones, Apple Watches, iPads and Beddit sleep monitors capture enough data to spot mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease dementia, according to a new feasibility study conducted jointly by Apple, Eli Lilly and Company and Evidation Health researchers that was presented today at a research conference held in Anchorage, Alaska. “Over the past few...
By Dave Muoio 12:20 pm August 7, 2019
Sitata, a service that supports international travelers with safety and health information relevant to their trip, has relaunched its platform with a host of new features, key among which is support for in-app telemedicine visits with a network of vetted travel physicians. “We knew we do a lot of preventative health information, but when it came to assisting someone in time of need, we weren’t...
By Paddy Padmanabhan 09:29 am August 2, 2019
Paddy Padmanabhan is founder and CEO of Damo Consulting, a growth strategy and digital transformation advisory firm that works with healthcare enterprises and global technology companies, and author of The Big Unlock: Harnessing Data and Growing Digital Health Businesses in a Value-Based Era. My first instinct on being hit with the flu (after consulting Dr. Google, of course) was: I'm fine, I don...

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By Cara Dartnell-Steinberg 02:36 pm July 31, 2019
Currently, more than 26 clinicians are using Streams at the Royal Free Hospital in London, allowing them to detect an average of 11 patients daily who are at risk of AKI, most in fewer than 15 minutes rather than the multiple hours the process usually requires. Streams processes patient test results, rapidly prioritising the patients most at risk and allowing for more immediate treatment to be...
By Jonah Comstock 02:37 pm July 30, 2019
A new patent filing suggests that Microsoft, which seemed to have definitively abandoned health wearables with the shutdown of the Microsoft Band in 2016 (and the decommissioning of its corresponding software program earlier this year) may be at least thinking about getting back in the game. The patent filing, first spotted by Neowin, is for what the writers call a "multidimensional optical...
By Dave Muoio 04:08 pm July 29, 2019
Direct-to-consumer telemedicine services have attracted plenty of attention from investors and patients alike, due in part to their lower costs and ease of use. From a medical standpoint, however, these business models introduce a number of departures from traditional care that deserve serious concern and investigation, argue the authors of an editorial published Friday in JAMA. “DTC telemedicine...
By Laura Lovett 03:55 pm July 23, 2019
Pinterest is often a platform synonymous with wedding boards, apartment designs and general inspirational quotes. But often users are looking for answers or support in regard to more serious questions.  Recently, the social media giant teamed up with researchers from Stanford Lab for Mental Health Innovation to create a tool aimed at giving users more resources.  “Pinterest saw a rise in users...