Consumer

MyFitnessPal apps
By  Dave Muoio 03:16 pm November 2, 2020
Under Armour announced late last week that it is selling off MyFitnessPal to investment firm Francisco Partners for $345 million –  a fair bit lower than the $475 million it paid for the connected fitness app and platform back in 2015. The deal is set to officially close in the fourth quarter, and its value is inclusive of potential earn-out payments. The selloff comes roughly three years after...
A man wearing a Fitbit Charge 2 device
By  Dave Muoio 11:18 am November 2, 2020
Symptom-based COVID-19 screening can be improved by incorporating data collected from wearable sensors into prediction algorithms, an approach that could complement ongoing testing efforts by spotting symptomatic and pre-symptomatic individuals early, according to a research letter recently published in nature medicine. The findings are part of the DETECT (Digital Engagement and Tracking for...
A photo of Verily's headquarters in South San Francisco.
By  Dave Muoio 02:08 pm October 27, 2020
Yesterday, Kaiser Health News reported that California's San Francisco and Alameda counties had "severed ties" with a highly publicized "Project Baseline" COVID-19 testing program supported by Alphabet's Verily Life Sciences. In particular, the reporting focused on Verily-backed community testing sites located in Oakland that have been closed for months, one of which is now working to reopen with...
CVS QuickRenew platform screen example
By  Laura Lovett 01:49 pm October 27, 2020
CVS is setting its sights on the eye care space, launching a new digital tool that lets customers renew contact lens prescription remotely via an online vision test and an asynchronous telemedicine interaction. The tool, named QuickRenew, is powered by the technology from Premium Vision.  The service first checks to see if the client is a good fit for the telemedicine service. In order to be...
PainChek, COVID-19, testing centre

Credit: PainChek 

By  Sara Mageit 04:44 am October 23, 2020
PAINCHEK ANNOUNCES CARE HOME CAMPAIGN Responding to the NHSX pledge to give 11,000 iPads to UK care homes, AI-powered pain assessment company, PainChek, has announced a one-off campaign to help UK care homes benefit from its technology. PainChek is offering all UK care homes a one-off unique voucher of up to £500 to cover the cost of product training for their staff so they can use the PainChek...
Photo of the Garmin smart scale
By  Laura Lovett 02:04 pm October 22, 2020
Last week Garmin launched its new scale, dubbed Index S2, which is able to send weight and health data to a connected app.  In addition to body weight, users can tap into the scale for insights on body fat percentage, BMI, skeletal muscle mass, bone mass and body water percentage. Users can also see their weight trends over time, as the screen can show a graph of the last 30 days.  All of the...
By  Dave Muoio 02:59 pm October 19, 2020
Last month, the CDC launched a prostate cancer information program with a uniquely digital face: a "virtual human" named Nathan who speaks with men about screening and treatment. "Talk to Someone About Prostate Cancer" takes the form of an in-browser interactive video developed by health simulation company Kognito, where Nathan introduces himself and prompts the viewer by asking how confident...
 home-monitoring devices, mobile technology

Credit: Emirates News Agency

By  Ahmed El Sherif 01:47 am October 17, 2020
A new study exploring the effectiveness of virtual health follow-ups using home-monitoring devices and mobile technology is currently being conducted by the Dubai Diabetes Centre (DDC) with the support of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) in the United Arab Emirates. Running until the end of December, the study is being carried out in collaboration with Cognitive Healthcare International (CHI), a...
Example of the puzzle game display
By  Dave Muoio 02:29 pm October 16, 2020
Back in April, Borderlands 3 – a big budget, role-playing first-person shooter videogame that sold over 8 million copies within six months of its release – received a free update that introduced a new mini-game to its players. Taking the form of a retro-style arcade cabinet in the home base's medical bay, "Borderlands Science" has players shifting colored blocks between rows and columns to solve...
Lady Technologies releases two-in-one fertility tracking and pelvic floor exercising device
By  Mallory Hackett 12:37 pm October 13, 2020
Femtech company Lady Technologies today announced the launch of its FDA-registered fertility tracking and pelvic floor exercising device called kegg. Along with the product release, the company also announced it completed a seed funding round worth $1.5 million. Investors include Crescent Ridge Partners, SOSV, Texas Halo Fund, Fermata Fund, MegaForce and several angel investors. Kegg is shaped...