Consumer

By Dave Muoio September 7, 2018
Yesterday marked the launch of Driver, a mobile app designed to link cancer patients to appropriate treatment or relevant clinical trials. The app boasts a network of more than 30 global cancer centers, including the US National Cancer Institute, the Cleveland Clinic, and the Chinese National Cancer Center. "In a world of Amazon, Airbnb, and other technology platforms that have revolutionized our...
By Dave Muoio September 6, 2018
Mirror, a New York City-based fitness platform company, today announced the launch of its in-home virtual workout product for consumers. The device streams workout videos and music on demand through its large LCD panel, which also serves as a full-length mirror when not in use. In addition to the launch, Mirror also announced the closure of $25 million in funding from Spark Capital. This news...
By Jonah Comstock August 30, 2018
Fresh off the news of its acquisition by Best Buy, aging in place tech company GreatCall has announced the Jitterbug Smart2, the first update since 2016 to its line of smartphones for seniors. It was the original Jitterbug flip phone for seniors that first launched the company in 2006. Since then the company has grown to include a senior care call center and a line of personal emergency response...
By Dave Muoio August 29, 2018
This week virtual care provider Teladoc Health was busy, releasing news about a new product launch and a separate good will initiative. First was yesterday’s launch of Partners HealthCare On Demand, a virtual urgent care service collaboration between the telehealth company and Partners HealthCare. Delivered through web and mobile devices, the video-based service is first being rolled out to the...
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By Leontina Postelnicu August 29, 2018
The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has found a Facebook ad describing Natural Cycles as a "highly accurate contraceptive app" and a "clinically tested alternative to birth control methods" to be misleading after receiving three complaints about the paid-for post. The Swedish company said it removed the ad, which ran for approximately four weeks in mid-2017, as soon as it was notified...
By Laura Lovett August 29, 2018
This morning satellite TV company DISH announced that it has teamed up with engagement company Independa. The deal, which is aimed at helping seniors manage medical care and providing entertainment, means that Dish’s voice remote will now be compatible with Independa AnyTV Companion. Seniors using AnyTV Companion are able to use the device to schedule appointments as well as receive medication...
By Jonah Comstock August 28, 2018
As a health wearable that far predates the invention of the term, hearing aids have always been an interesting spot. Now Minnesota hearing aid company Starkey Hearing Technologies, which launched one of the first hearing aids to connect directly to an iPhone back in 2014, has launched Livio AI. The product hopes to combine the feature sets of a hearing aid, a fitness wearable, and an AI health...
By Jonah Comstock August 27, 2018
Eighty-seven percent of Americans used at least one digital health tool in 2017, up from 80 percent in 2015, according to a new survey out from Rock Health. For the past three years, Rock Health has surveyed 4,000 U.S. adults about digital health use and perceptions. “With data from 2015 to 2017, we see a clear upward trend of consumers taking control of their healthcare via the use of digital...
By Dave Muoio August 24, 2018
23andMe has emailed developers a warning that an API permitting use of anonymized customer datasets for third-party app development will be shut down in approximately two weeks, CNBC reports. While the raw data will remain available to clinical research partners such as GlaxoSmithKline, which invested $300 million this year to gain access to the genetic testing startup’s DNA database for drug...

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By Jonah Comstock August 23, 2018
Online patient community PatientsLikeMe, which connects patients with different symptoms and conditions and collects patients' voluntarily submitted data for research, has teamed up with the FDA on a research study that could point the way toward a new channel for patient-generated health data for the agency. The study was recently published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Right now...