Consumer

By Dave Muoio March 11, 2019
New research set to be presented next week at the American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific Session describes how the camera on a smartphone could be used to screen for Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is associated with changes to how blood flows through a person’s blood vessels, an effect that researchers from UCSF suggest could be used to detect early changes. By applying a deep...
By Jonah Comstock March 11, 2019
At SXSW in Austin this weekend, consumer genomics company 23andMe unveiled its latest test, a predisposition report on Type 2 diabetes. The test, which has not undergone FDA clearance and does not purport to diagnose a condition, is designed to help people understand when they’re at a higher-than-normal risk for Type 2 diabetes so they can alter their lifestyle. To assist with the latter piece,...
By Dave Muoio March 8, 2019
Facebook has detailed its new strategy to curb the spread of vaccine misinformation on both its primary social media platform as well as Instagram. Broadly, these include efforts to reduce the prominence of (but not outright ban) certain flagged groups, pages and search results, as well as the adoption of a firm stance against advertising content including false statements about vaccination. “...
By Dave Muoio March 7, 2019
Babylon’s triage chatbot and virtual confirmation platform has come to Canada’s British Columbia in the form of a newly launch telehealth app, Babylon by Telus Health. The tool allows users to describe their symptoms to the text-based bot, video consult with a licensed practitioner, and store and easily access consultation notes or other information. The app is the result of a partnership...
By Dave Muoio 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 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 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 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 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 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...