Consumer

By Laura Lovett 01:51 pm November 20, 2019
Yesterday Propeller Health, maker of digital management tools for patients with respiratory conditions, announced a new deal with CVS, Walmart, Kroger, and Rite Aid, allowing its members to tap into the retail giants’ pharmacy services through the Propeller app.  Propeller is best known for its sensor-enabled inhalers, which can give patients and providers insights about use, symptom triggers and...
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By Susan Morse 12:32 pm November 20, 2019
The web and mobile delivery technology provides self-directed information to help individuals with stress, depression, social anxiety, and insomnia.
By MobiHealthNews 03:40 pm November 18, 2019
Health 2.0, a HIMSS subsidiary, is seeking startup applicants for two upcoming events in its VentureConnect series: a Startup Showcase on the sidelines of the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco and a Startup Pitch Competition at the HIMSS20 Global Conference in Orlando. Both of these opportunities afford startups a chance to present their decks in front of an audience of potential...

The 510 (K) clearance, pre-market submission, will enable the business to make EchoGo available to clinicians and healthcare providers in the US.

By Tammy Lovell 02:08 am November 18, 2019
UK-based health technology firm Ultromics has received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its cardiovascular image analysis system, EchoGo Core. EchoGo applies artificial intelligence (AI) to automate the analysis and quantification of ultrasound-based heart scans. The 510 (K) clearance, pre-market submission, will enable the business to make EchoGo available to...
By Laura Lovett 11:27 am November 15, 2019
Following a slew of vaping-related deaths and other emerging health concerns, Apple has announced that it will pull down all 181 vaping apps from the App Store, Axios first reported.  "We take great care to curate the App Store as a trusted place for customers, particularly youth, to download apps. We’re constantly evaluating apps, and consulting the latest evidence, to determine risks to users’...
By Jonah Comstock 09:01 am November 14, 2019
As of this morning, iOS users can officially download Apple’s new Research app and sign up for one or more of the three studies the company announced at its WWDC event in September. Inspired by the Apple Heart Study conducted last year in conjunction with Stanford, these three studies, focused respectively on heart health and movement, hearing loss, and women’s health, are being conducted with...
By Dave Muoio 03:01 pm November 13, 2019
New health tracking features are on the menu for Fitbit’s next smartwatch OS update. Unveiled this morning and set to go live on December 3, FitbitOS 4.1 brings some of the sleep health capabilities promised by the company back in August, refines the heart rate tracking algorithm on Versa 2 devices and adds new features to its subscriber offering. In terms of the latter, Fitbit Premium users will...
By Laura Lovett 01:55 pm November 13, 2019
Japanese pharma Eisai Co.'s subsidiary Eisai Inc. is rolling out a new skill on Amazon Alexa developed specifically to target children with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS), a rare and severe form of epilepsy.  Dubbed Ella the Jellyfish, the underwater-themed platform includes interactive games such as "Freeze Dance" and "Color Hunt." It also provides users access to music and meditation services. ...
By Dave Muoio 02:41 pm November 5, 2019
Scanwell Health, maker of a smartphone-based platform for home urinary tract infection screening, has raised $3.5 million in seed funding. Founders Fund, Mayfield, DCM, Version One, Y Combinator and Liquid 2 Ventures all participated in the round. The startup paired this announcement with the reveal of a new partnership with telehealth service Lemonaid Health that will bring its UTI platform to...