Consumer

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...
Numan, Men's health, sexual health
By Sara Mageit 04:46 am October 13, 2020
Digital health clinic for men, Numan, has completed a £10 million Series A funding round, to expand on its men's health and wellbeing products and pharmaceuticals, personalised supplements and access to UK-based clinicians. The round was led by Novator, along with Anthemis Exponential, Vostok New Ventures, and Colle Capital. WHY IT MATTERS Recent findings show that three out of four men do not go...
World Mental Health Day, Wellness, Virtual Reality

Credit: Oxford VR headset

By Sara Mageit 01:36 am October 10, 2020
Most of us have grappled with some form of mental health issue during this unprecedented global pandemic. Snapshot studies released in September, which was Suicide Prevention Awareness month, highlighted this worrying fact even further. According to the Samaritans, in a survey of over 70,000 adults in the UK, over 1 in 10 reported experiencing suicidal thoughts or thoughts of hurting themselves...
NHS, NHSX, Your.MD, Navenio, Endoscopy,

Credit: InHealth and Olympus endoscopy app

By Sara Mageit 03:42 am October 9, 2020
NHSX DRIVES FORWARD DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF HEALTH CARE With the aim of creating an environment for innovation to flourish, NHSX has created the Digital Technology Assessment Criteria for health and social care, beta (DTAC). NHSX will use this criteria to support and assess stakeholders across the ecosystem, forming a baseline assessment criteria that validates the suitability and function of...
By Dave Muoio 02:22 pm October 7, 2020
More digital health tools join the PBM party. Evernorth, a newly-established Cigna subsidiary that now acts as the parent of Express Scripts, announced today several new additions to the pharmacy benefit manager's Digital Health Formulary. Joining the lineup in 2021 will be: Wildflower Health's app-based women's health offering. Quit Genius's digital program for smoking and vaping cessation....
By Dave Muoio 10:35 am October 7, 2020
U.S. iPhone owners are no longer the only ones with access to Apple's Health Records. This morning the tech giant announced its personal health record (PHR) feature is now available in the U.K. and Canada. There are five healthcare provider groups that have made the tool available to their patients right off the bat: Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Milton Keynes University...