Consumer

By Dave Muoio 10:35 am April 23, 2019
San Diego-based GreatCall, a seller of aging in place technologies purchased by Best Buy last year, is launching an updated version of its retail personal emergency response system. Called the Lively Mobile Plus, the new 4G LTE wearable can automatically contact urgent response agents when detecting a fall, or with the push of a button. To start, changes to the device’s internal chipset and...
By Jonah Comstock 04:22 pm April 19, 2019
For the over-65 population, falling can be a serious health risk. Three million older people each year are treated in emergency rooms for fall-related injuries, according to the CDC, and one in four older adults falls each year. But the options for guarding against falls are limited. For a long time, the standard of care has been a “personal emergency response system” or PERS device — a pendant...
By Dave Muoio 03:04 pm April 18, 2019
Editor's note: This story has been updated to specify that the telehealth app downloads ranked in the report do not necessarily reflect the entirety of those companies' businesses. Consumers worldwide are downloading and spending money in medical apps more than ever, suggests a market behavior analysis released this week by mobile data and analytics company App Annie. Global downloads of these...
By Dave Muoio 11:06 am April 17, 2019
Best Buy is now selling Tyto Care’s remote care device and service through its online storefront, the companies announced in a press release this morning. The retailer is also offering the platform in certain Minnesota stores, and has plans to expand this availability to North Dakota, South Dakota, California and Ohio locations as well. Coming in at $299.99, the TytoHome device connects users to...

Above photo: Dr. Ali Parsa, Founder & CEO of Babylon Health. Credit: Babylon Health

By Dean Koh 02:16 am April 16, 2019
With the ambitious mission to put an accessible and affordable health service in the hands of every person on earth, Babylon Health, an AI-powered smartphone app, was founded in January 2013 and launched to the public in April 2014. The company’s app, available on iOS and Android devices, allows users to book a video consultation with a doctor or a therapist, send photo or text messages to get...
By Laura Lovett 02:24 pm April 15, 2019
Within the last decade, shopping for groceries, clothes and books has become a lot more virtual. The digital space is rapidly replacing brick and mortar stores for many customers. Now consumers are turning to the web for their health products—whether it is to get a pharmacy prescription, a urine test or an “embarrassing” sexual health product. Read on for three emerging trends in the digital mail...
By Dave Muoio 01:33 pm April 15, 2019
Another recent update to the FDA’s 510(k) premarket notification database suggests that AliveCor is inching closer and closer to its next volley of smartphone-connected ECG products. According to the agency, the digital health company received clearance related to its consumer KardiaMobile platform, as well as the clinician-facing KardiaStation, on Friday. The application for the device or...
By Dave Muoio 09:30 am April 12, 2019
From virtual therapy to mindfulness and meditation aids, there’s little shortage of digital tools catching investors’ eyes and breaking into the crowded behavioral health market. Although a number of these services are positioning their business to focus on payers and employers, many others are taking their products directly to consumers via monthly subscriptions, one-time retail purchases or...
By Dave Muoio 03:21 pm April 8, 2019
Last year when Microsoft announced the end of HealthVault Insights, an app-based project applying machine learning to personal health records, it came with the assurance that users’ data would remain housed on the HealthVault website. However, it seems the time has come to officially bid farewell to Microsoft’s decade-spanning health management service. In an email letter sent to users late last...
By Jonah Comstock 01:21 pm April 8, 2019
The US Patent and Trademark Office has published two new related patents from Apple that suggest the company might be working on chemical smell sensors, which could have a variety of uses within healthcare. One patent even suggests that by analyzing sweat particles in the air the sensor could deduce blood sugar levels. The patent applications were submitted in late 2018 but were just published on...