Consumer

By Dave Muoio 02:13 pm December 16, 2019
The FDA announced Friday a De Novo clearance for an interoperable automated glycemic controller device for use in a hybrid closed-loop diabetes management system. Tandem Diabetes Care’s Control-IQ Technology acts as a new feature for the company’s t:slim X2 insulin pump (which was also cleared by the FDA back in February). The controller algorithm allows the pump and its connected system to...
By MobiHealthNews 03:24 pm December 13, 2019
Amazon has continued to make a splash in the digital health world in 2019. This year it has been particularly active in the voice space. Its efforts include everything from launching a new Amazon Alexa feature that reminds patients to take their medication to a medical transcription function that runs on Amazon Web Services.  But Amazon hasn’t put all of its eggs in the voice basket. In 2018, the...

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By MobiHealthNews 11:25 am December 13, 2019
It’s been a big year for Google’s parent company Alphabet. Once upon a time, Google’s role in the health world was chiefly associated with "Googling" symptoms, but much has changed for the Silicon Valley giant. This year Google made major moves in the health industry—making waves when it announced a plan to acquire Fitbit and even dipping into the EHR space by demoing a new search feature. ...
By Dave Muoio 02:24 pm December 10, 2019
A collection of more than 50 LGBTQ, public health and HIV/AIDS activists have signed a joint letter urging Facebook to remove advertisements from its platform that they say are “factually inaccurate” and scare at-risk users away from pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) treatments. These ads — which the signatory groups say are being directed at LGBTQ Facebook and Instagram users — come from multiple...
By Dave Muoio 10:52 am December 3, 2019
Dexcom continuous glucose monitor users and their caregivers found themselves in the dark this weekend when a key monitoring feature ceased to function with little to no warning. The feature, called Dexcom Follow, transmits an alert when a CGM user’s blood sugar reaches a dangerous level and is often used by parents monitoring their children’s condition. When unexpected issues brought down the...
By Dave Muoio 02:56 pm December 2, 2019
Garmin is fleshing out the sleep health potential of its wearables thanks to a newly-announced collaboration with Sleeprate. Now, the Israeli app maker will be able to access the Garmin Health Companion SDK for a more fleshed out look at device wearers’ sleep and activity data, and will use these to offer improved tracking and personalized insights for those interested in how workouts and nightly...
By Laura Lovett 01:59 pm November 26, 2019
Amazon is jumping into the medication adherence space with a new feature that lets users link up their pharmacy prescription information and, in turn, get reminders about when to take their pills and order refills.  The latest feature was born out of a collaboration between the online retail giant and Omnicell, a tech-enabled medication management company. Initially the feature will be rolled out...
By Dave Muoio 11:53 am November 25, 2019
DarioHealth is the latest to bring its mobile-friendly glucose management system to store shelves, with the company announcing today that it will be bringing its so-called “Membership-in-a-Box” to physical retail chains like Best Buy. The offering, already available through Best Buy’s online storefront, consists of the company’s connected blood glucose meter, 25 test strips, 10 lancets, 10 covers...
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By Jeff Lagasse 11:59 am November 22, 2019
Most parents believe they have the resources to raise healthy children, but significant hurdles can pose a persistent challenge.
By Laura Lovett 02:44 pm November 21, 2019
Earlier this month Google announced its plans acquire Fitbit for roughly $2.1 billion, shaking up the wearable industry, opening up a number of questions about exactly what lies ahead, and what an integration of the two companies looks like.  But the wearables company has long planted its roots in a handful of different markets and business strategies — consumer trackers, health plan partnerships...