Consumer

Emirates, TrustOne, Covid

Credit: Emirates

By  Ahmed El Sherif 08:26 am February 5, 2021
As Dubai tightens restrictions ​following a surge in cases of COVID-19​, its largest airline and flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates is introducing new measures to facilitate international travel. Earlier this week, Emirates ​announced it has partnered​ with ​GE Digital Aviation Software​ and ​TE FOOD​ to trial ​TrustOne​, a smartphone app that automates medical screenings of a company’s...
Screen examples of the features on three smartphones
By  Dave Muoio 11:00 am February 4, 2021
Google Health has announced a new wellness feature coming to its Google Fit mobile app that uses machine learning to give users heart rate and respiratory rate readings without the need for any hardware other than their smartphone's camera. The two tools are slated to launch for all Pixel devices in the next month, and will come to additional Android devices running version 6 within the months to...
Telemedico, Flashpoint VC, remote health
By  Sophie Porter 03:21 am February 4, 2021
Polish telemedicine company Telemedico has closed a Series A funding round of €5.5 million to expand the functionalities of its SaaS platform. The platform offers services including chat, video and telephone consultations with a doctor, AI-powered triaging, medical data storage and an online booking system for in-person appointments and blood tests. The funding was led by Flashpoint Venture...
The company hopes that its more descriptive reports will distinguish the personal ECG offering from others limited to atrial fibrillation detection alone.
By  Dave Muoio 01:50 pm February 1, 2021
AliveCor has updated the capabilities of its mobile ECG devices to identify three additional types of heart conditions, the company announced today. Sinus rhythm with supraventricular ectopy (SVE), sinus rhythm with premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) and sinus rhythm with wide QRS are now all on the table of AliveCor's KardiaMobile line of ECG devices, which already detected atrial...
COVID-19 Severity Calculator logo
By  Dave Muoio 03:12 pm January 28, 2021
23andMe's new COVID-19 resource. Consumer genomics company 23andMe has released a new interactive tool that allows users to see how various health factors could impact the risk of COVID-19 hospitalization. The COVID-19 Severity Calculator pulls data from the company's COVID-19 study, which included 10,000 participants diagnosed with the disease and 750 who were hospitalized. 23andMe warned that...
 Lily is Garmin’s smallest watch yet, with a 34mm watch face and 14mm band meant to “enhance the overall feminine aesthetic.”
By  Mallory Hackett 12:42 pm January 27, 2021
The health and fitness wearable maker Garmin unveiled its latest smartwatch Wednesday, called Lily, which the company is pitching as a product “designed by women, for women.” Lily is Garmin’s smallest watch yet, with a 34mm watch face and 14mm band meant to “enhance the overall feminine aesthetic,” Garmin said in the announcement. Despite its smaller frame, the watch contains the same health and...
An image of the ECG feature on a Samsung Galaxy smartwatch
By  Dave Muoio 02:03 pm January 26, 2021
Samsung is moving forward with a steady rollout of blood pressure measurement and ECG monitoring on its consumer smartwatches. After securing regulatory approvals and launching the features in South Korea and the U.S. last year, the tech company announced today that both health monitoring tools will soon be released in an additional 31 countries. The expansion follows the Samsung Health Monitor...
COVID-19, Abu Dhabi, saliva test

Credit: Abu Dhabi Department of Health

By  Ahmed El Sherif 11:31 am January 26, 2021
Abu Dhabi has approved three new COVID-19 tests for use in hospital emergency rooms and urgent care centres in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) capital. This latest introduction comes as new cases of the coronavirus surge in the country. Announced by the Department of Health (DoH), Abu Dhabi via the Abu Dhabi Media Office, the new antigen, reverse-transcription loop-mediated isothermal...
By  Dave Muoio 02:03 pm January 25, 2021
Apple has fleshed out its recently launched Fitness+ subscription offering with celebrity-driven audio content that encourages Apple Watch owners to take their device for regular strolls. Called "Time to Walk," the new feature downloads weekly episodes that range from 25 to 40 minutes in length and play through paired Bluetooth headphones. These sessions feature musicians, athletes and other...