Consumer

By  Dave Muoio 01:56 pm February 16, 2021
SNP chips, a type of DNA microarray frequently employed by consumer genomics companies, are "extremely unreliable" when identifying clinically-relevant variants that are rare among the general population, according to a retrospective study recently published in The BMJ. The investigation, conducted by researchers from the University of Exeter, reviewed sequencing data from nearly 50,000...
Enduro watch
By  Laura Lovett 11:57 am February 16, 2021
Today Garmin launched a new activity tracking smartwatch dubbed Enduro, which touts a solar-charging lens and a 65-day battery life. The latest product is designed for athletic training and comes with GPS tracking. The wearable comes with VO2 Max fitness levels, which can be adjusted based on trail conditions. Enduro also comes with a specific feature for climbing, which tracks a user’s distance...
AI, machine learning

Credit: PatchAi

By  Tammy Lovell 07:51 am February 16, 2021
Italian startup PatchAi has joined forces with pharma giant Roche to launch a digital solution for patients affected by oncological diseases. PatchAi for Smart Health Companion (SHC) embeds a virtual assistant which engages patients through empathic conversations using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. Following a pilot of the platform in July last year, it is now available to...
By  MobiHealthNews 10:33 am February 12, 2021
Matthew Zachary – cancer survivor, patient advocate, influencer, pianist, and podcast DJ – joins host Jonah Comstock to tell his story and break down his patient's-eye view of the healthcare system and what needs to change for it to serve its consumers better. In a wide-ranging conversation, and with Matthew's irreverent style, they address topics like patient experience, financial incentives,...
By  MobiHealthNews 03:19 pm February 10, 2021
A call for independent policing of non-HIPAA health data. The Center for Democracy & Technology, a nonprofit organization focused on tech policy and architecture, and the eHealth Initiative & Foundation, a coalition of industry and academic stakeholders, yesterday released a framework proposal calling for self-regulation of consumer data use by health devices and products that don't...
By  Dave Muoio 02:03 pm February 10, 2021
Mount Sinai researchers are the latest to share data indicating that consumer wearable devices can help flag new cases of COVID-19 prior to molecular diagnosis. Accepted for publication in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, the institution's Warrior Watch Study provided Mount Sinai Health System workers with an Apple Watch and a custom study app. The results highlight a significant...
NHS Covid-19 app, test and trace
By  Sophie Porter 02:33 pm February 9, 2021
A recent statement by the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) claims the NHS COVID-19 app has alerted over 1.7 million users of potential exposure to the virus since its release in September. This comes with the decision to start releasing regular data updates from the app from 18 February as part of the wider NHS Test and Trace data, which is already being reported weekly. WHY IT...
By  Dave Muoio 12:09 pm February 8, 2021
The FDA has granted De Novo authorization to what will be the first device treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) that is used while the patient is awake. Called eXciteOSA, the prescription tongue muscle stimulation device is intended for those aged 18 years or older to reduce mild sleep apnea and snoring. Patients use the device for 20 minutes once per day over a six-week period, and...
Users can import their blood sugar data automatically by connecting with their LifeScan OneTouch Reveal app or by manually logging their levels.
By  Mallory Hackett 11:38 am February 8, 2021
Fitbit users can now track their blood glucose levels within the device’s connected app, the company announced Monday in a blog post. Users can import their blood sugar data automatically by connecting with their LifeScan OneTouch Reveal app or by manually logging their levels. Fitbit will be adding other glucose meters and apps in the future, it said in the announcement. Within the Fitbit app,...
Person outdoors looks at smartphone
Google’s $2 billion acquisition of Fitbit last month has been met with concern from privacy advocates worried about how the tech giant will use personal fitness data. This reaction prompted the tech giant to clarify that the acquisition is "about devices, not data." The deal has brought to light a larger issue that we all seem to gloss over: Every day, millions of people publicly share seemingly...