Consumer

By Dave Muoio 11:56 am March 4, 2020
The FDA is warning of new cybersecurity vulnerabilities affecting Bluetooth Low Energy communications technology used in certain medical devices. According to the agency, the issue could allow unauthorized users to wirelessly crash a device, prevent it from working or access functions limited to its users. The FDA says the vulnerabilities – referred to as "SweynTooth" by the researchers who...
By Laura Lovett 03:36 pm March 2, 2020
In mid-January an error in the Walgreens app led to the leak of customers' secure messages. Specifically, the error allowed customers to see each other's information, including personal data such as names and prescription drug information.  The company announced the breach late last week, assuring customers that following the breach it disabled the message viewing feature in the app “to prevent...
By Leontina Postelnicu 07:18 am March 2, 2020
London’s Middlesex University has turned to Oxford Medical Simulation in a bid to provide training for nursing students using the company's virtual reality (VR) platform. The institution has bought five VR headsets that will help students practice treating patients in interactive scenarios and receive feedback on their work.  “This technology is allowing students to make mistakes without...
By Dave Muoio 04:29 pm February 26, 2020
Tempo (formerly Pivot), a startup that’s building a consumer workout device that tracks movements via sensor, has opened up sales for its first product, which it will begin shipping in the summer. Called the Tempo Studio, the product takes the form of an in-home cabinet housing a 42-inch screen and a 3D vision camera that scans the user 30 times per second. Along with dumbbells, free weights, a...
By Laura Lovett 10:26 am February 26, 2020
Direct-to-consumer virtual health company Ro is now offering allergy care. The launch means that users of Roman and Rory will be able to get prescription allergy medications through the platform’s telemedicine model.  While the company said that the new service will not be treating food allergies or uncontrolled asthma, it will cover seasonal allergies, including conditions like hay fever. ...
By Dave Muoio 11:40 am February 25, 2020
Apple and Johnson & Johnson announced this morning the launch of their new digital health study exploring the impact of Apple’s devices and a study-specific engagement program on cardiovascular outcomes among the Medicare population. First announced in early 2019, the Heartline Study — which also names Evidation Health as a collaborator — is now enrolling seniors aged 65 years or older who...
By Jonah Comstock 03:43 pm February 20, 2020
Insulin pump maker Insulin announced partnerships yesterday with two of the leading continuous glucose monitor companies, Abbott and Dexcom. Both involve the Insulet’s Omnipod Horizon Automated Insulin Delivery System which uses a tubeless, wearable “Pod” to deliver insulin for 72 hours at a time. Abbott and Insulet have partnered to offer a new integrated digital health platform that will...
By Laura Lovett 03:50 pm February 19, 2020
Amazon employees and their families living in Seattle will now have access to tech-enabled Amazon Care, CNBC first reported. This comes roughly five months after the news emerged that the company was planning this rollout.  Like many services on the market, the tech giant will be offering face-to-face and virtual care options.  Patients will be able to access care through multiple channels...
By Laura Lovett 10:54 am February 18, 2020
The last month has been tough going for the consumer genomics industry with frontrunners 23andMe and Ancestory.com both announcing massive layoffs. However, new kid on the block Nebula Genomics is launching a consumer product today that will offer users whole genome sequencing for $299.  “We hope to really revitalize the whole space by making whole genome sequencing affordable, providing more...
By Laura Lovett 01:31 pm February 13, 2020
Direct-to-consumer virtual health company Ro launched a new health information platform dubbed Health Guide.  Currently the platform covers sexual health, hair loss, weight management, diabetes, and men’s health.  However, a representative from the company said that in the future, the plan is to expand the offerings to not only cater to male users, and to include more conditions.  The company,...