Consumer

By Dave Muoio July 11, 2018
In 2016, UnitedHealthcare and Medtronic cut a deal that established the latter’s devices as the preferred insulin pumps for United members with diabetes. Now, the companies have announced year one data suggesting that members who took advantage of the companies’ arrangement experienced fewer preventable hospital admissions when compared to members relying on multiple daily injections of insulin...
pulse-sensing iBeat Heart Watch helps patients
By Laura Lovett July 11, 2018
Clarification: This article has been updated to include additional information about how the iBeat watch connects to EMS services.  Today San Francisco-based startup iBeat launched its pulse-sensing iBeat Heart Watch, which aims to alert medical professionals if someone is going into cardiac arrest.  Inspired by the death of a friend who could have been saved by CPR, Ryan Howard, founder and CEO...
By Dave Muoio June 29, 2018
Healthcare is improving with each passing year, allowing more aging patients to enjoy longer and healthier lives. Unlike in years past, though, this population isn’t necessarily limited to years of hospitals and assisted living homes. Driven by a desire for lower costs and increased independence, a broad range of new technologies are aiming to keep aging loved ones healthy in the comfort of their...
By Laura Lovett June 28, 2018
This morning Amazon broke the news that it is acquiring virtual pharmacy PillPack. With this, the online retail giant that has made itself famous for “one-click shopping” for consumer goods is positioning to expand its services to include prescription medication.  “PillPack’s visionary team has a combination of deep pharmacy experience and a focus on technology,” Jeff Wilke, CEO of Amazon...
By Dave Muoio June 26, 2018
Dementia-focused tech company Smart Brain Aging has announced the launch its virtual offering for the aging population. Called Brain U Online, the service provides consumers with cognitive tasks that when paired with exercise have, according to the company, been proven to delay the progression of dementia and limit its negative impact. “We developed Smart Brain Aging with one purpose: to help...
By Laura Lovett June 26, 2018
This morning Munich, Germany-based Kaia Health announced that it has launched an AI-powered motion tracking technology called the Perfect Squat Challenge app. The idea is that the app will work as a personal trainer and give users real-time feedback on the form of their squats.  "Breakthroughs in AI-powered motion tracking and correction technology means that everyone now has access to a virtual...
By MobiHealthNews June 22, 2018
HIMSS announced that it is now accepting speaker proposals for the upcoming HIMSS19 Global Conference. “HIMSS seeks topics that focus on the good and not so good organizational experiences that highlight the similarities in global transformative healthcare practices,” HIMSS Vice President of Professional Development JoAnn Klinedinst wrote on the association’s website. Specifically, HIMSS is...
By Jonah Comstock June 21, 2018
On-demand fitness content maker Aaptiv has raised $22 million in a new funding round led by Millenium Technology Value Partners. Existing investor Insight Venture Partners also contributed to the round, as did several strategic investors: The Amazon Alexa Fund, Disney, Warner Music Group, and NWS Holdings. Aaptiv offers an app that helps a user choose from a library of audio training sessions...
By Jonah Comstock June 20, 2018
Calm, developer of the meditation and sleep app of the same name, has raised $27 million in a round of funding led by Insight Ventures that also includes singer Harry Styles (formerly of One Direction) and Sound Ventures, the investment vehicle of actor Ashton Kutcher. This is the company's first major funding round since a $1.5 million seed round, and brings its total investment to $28.5 million...
By Dave Muoio June 20, 2018
The US’s struggle with opioid addiction rages on, and Facebook seems to have heard critics’ warnings about social media’s role in the epidemic. During an event yesterday, representatives from the company announced that users trying to purchase opioids or find addiction treatment through their platform will be redirected to information about a federal crisis helpline, according to reports from...