October 17, 2019
Neil Jordan has had a front row seat to the changing role of tech and consumer-focused initiatives in healthcare. For nine years he served as Microsoft’s efforts in this space as the general manager of health for Microsoft Worldwide Public Sector, and much more recently stepped into the role of its general manager for retail health innovation. Here, he’s looking to grapple with the growing trend...
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October 17, 2019
As the medical community increasingly researches the dangers of screen time, many Americans say they are looking to unplug and engage in digital detoxes. However, Chris Dancy, health and wellness consultant and author of "Don't Unplug - How Technology Saved My Life and Can Save Yours Too!," tapped into digital devices to hack his unhealthy behaviors.
“About 12 years ago I was 320 pounds, I smoked...
October 16, 2019
With thousands of dieting and fitness apps on the market, it’s clear technology is increasingly becoming a part of weight loss for many Americans.
At this year’s Connected Health conference in Boston, Sherry Pagoto, director of UConn Center for mHealth and Social Media, reminded attendees that each dieter comes from a unique social structure and has a certain skill set that will impact their...
October 15, 2019
Ancestry, a consumer genomic testing company focused on family history, is now turning to the health space with its launch of AncestryHealth. The new product is aimed at giving customers insights into the health risks associated with their genes and family history.
As part of the new services customers can get tests that are ordered by doctors. The service will also provide education resources...
October 15, 2019
At its Made By Google unveiling event in New York City today, Google announced that its Pixel 4 phone will be the first mobile phone with a radar sensor. It's the first public rollout of the company’s Project Soli, an experimental, radar-based gesture tracker co-developed with Infineon.
When VP of Product Management Sabrina Ellis announced the Pixel 4’s motion-sensing feature, she showed off...
October 10, 2019
Facebook is looking serve as the facilitator of constructive, supportive mental health discussions between friends with today’s release of new features for the social media network and its private messaging service, Messenger.
Timed for release on the World Health Organization’s World Mental Health Day, the company has unveiled a “Let’s Talk” photo filter for Stories that invites peers struggling...
October 7, 2019
Apple’s next health move could be smart clothing. Last year the tech giant filed a patent for a stretchable fabric band that could include circuitry sensors to measure blood pressure, respiration rate and ECG signals.
The patent application, published October 3, describes a fabric-based piece of clothing that would be able to wirelessly communicate with external electronic equipment. While it...
September 30, 2019
Fitbit and Taiwan-based diabetes management app Health2Sync announced last week that Fitbit health, sleep and fitness data can now be integrated with the Health2Sync app to support Health2Sync’s 360,000 users in Taiwan and Japan to better manage their diabetes.
The voluntary integration of Fitbit data with the Health2Sync platform gives users who have a Fitbit account access to an in-app...
September 27, 2019
Shortly after acquiring telemedicine company HeyDoctor, GoodRx, a digital cost transparency tool for medication, announced it is launching its own virtual care platform dubbed GoodRx Care, powered by HeyDoctor.
The company is positioning the new platform as a primary care tool that will allow patients to see a board-certified clinician on the cheap — stating that “most visits” are about $20. Its...
September 24, 2019
Fitbit and Belgium-based FibriCheck announced today that device owners living in certain UK countries now have access to a smartwatch app that uses photoplethysmography (PPG) to detect heart rhythm irregularities such as atrial fibrillation.
Available in Belgium, the UK, the Netherlands and Ireland, the CE-marked tool is similar to FibriCheck’s smartphone app in that it uses light and sensors to...