Consumer

Withings vascular age feature and smart scale
By  Mallory Hackett 10:35 am May 4, 2021
Withings, the maker of a range of connected health devices, can now identify users’ vascular age using its Body Cardio smart scale. Through pulse wave velocity (PWV), an indicator of arterial stiffness that’s measured by the time it takes blood to go from the heart to the feet, the Body Cardio scale can estimate the age and condition of users’ arteries. The scale uses the PWV measurement and...
Person getting a shot
By  Laura Lovett 02:46 pm May 3, 2021
The Biden administration is rolling out a new set of digital services to help Americans find COVID-19 vaccines. The new tools are multimodal, as well as multilingual, and include text-based services, a website and a call number, which will all be available in English and Spanish. “We want to make it as easy as possible for people to get vaccinated, once they make the decision to do so," Surgeon...
Peloton tread machine
By  Laura Lovett 01:15 pm May 3, 2021
Consumer fitness company Peloton is launching a slew of new features for its products. This comes just weeks after the company refused to recall its exercise treadmill despite pressures from consumer protection agencies after a number of injuries involving small children, including one death. At Peloton's homecoming event, the company announced that its stationary bike and treadmills will now...
Tourist
By  Laura Lovett 12:02 pm April 30, 2021
Google is looking to keep summer vacationers informed about COVID-19 travel restrictions for specific destinations so they can plan ahead. When users look up flights or hotels in a certain area using Google Search, the site will inform them if there are travel restrictions or advisories. It has recently added a new function that lets users see specific restrictions, like whether they will need to...
Orchyd
By  Laura Lovett 02:48 pm April 29, 2021
Femtech company Orchyd is launching its period-tracking app and connected smart wallet that together store a one-day supply of period products. The tool is designed to track user's periods, ovulation and overall health. It uses artificial intelligence in order to collect information about a user's history, which can be shared with a partner. Users can set up the app to give them alerts when to...
Turing College, Y Combinator, data science, Biomapas, life sciences, AI
By  Sophie Porter 02:10 am April 29, 2021
Lithuanian data science startup Turing College has been selected for the W21 batch of the Y Combinator, a Silicon Valley accelerator programme. Turing College is a data science and AI edtech startup that enables students to learn at their own pace on a peer-driven remote learning platform. With demand for data scientists ballooning, the Vilnius-based company hopes to solve recruitment issues by...
Eden Health Employer Dashboard
By  Mallory Hackett 04:06 pm April 28, 2021
Eden Health, a direct-to-employer health provider that offers virtual and in-person care and insurance navigation, has expanded its COVID-19 workplace offerings to include opt-in vaccine record-sharing. With this consent-driven initiative, Eden Health aims to give both employers and their workforce assurance that jobsites can safely reopen and remain open. “I think that there’s a lot of companies...
Ginger and Cigna dashboard
By  Mallory Hackett 10:42 am April 28, 2021
On-demand behavioral health platform Ginger is now available as a health benefit for Cigna’s 14 million members, the companies announced today. Members with Cigna’s employer-sponsored or individual and family insurance plans can now access Ginger’s behavioral health coaching, therapy and psychiatry services as an in-network benefit. “Cigna's mission is to improve the health, well-being and peace...
COVID-19, Emirates Airline, Dubai Health Authority, digital vaccine passports
By  Ahmed El Sherif 02:53 am April 28, 2021
The largest airline in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is now in the process of implementing paperless document verification relating to COVID-19 PCR testing and vaccination. This week, Emirates announced it is working with the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) to allow for digital verification of travellers’ data, resulting in a more secure and efficient procedure. Rather than producing a paper copy...
Person getting a shot
By  Laura Lovett 02:14 pm April 27, 2021
YouTube is pairing health experts up with an array of celebrities to talk about COVID-19 vaccines as part of its new public service announcement. This new PSA is born out of a collaboration between YouTube, the Vaccine Confidence Project and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and it's focused on providing people with reliable information about COVID-19 immunizations. Google's...