Consumer

By Ahmed El Sherif 11:08 am September 30, 2020
A non-healthtech startup has become the first of its kind to offer on-demand polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing for COVID-19 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Abu Dhabi-based, Rizek, which specialises in booking personal and home services – such as DIY, tutoring, and beauty and wellness – has now added coronavirus testing to its roster of services. While on-demand, at-home PCR testing has...
COVID-19, middle east, Apps, Coronavirus, patient-centered care
By Dillan Yogendra 01:56 am September 30, 2020
The year 2020 will go down in history as one of the most challenging of our lifetime. Thinking back to January, none of us would have predicted the emergence of a pandemic-causing virus, let alone its devastating outcomes that have affected tens of millions of lives around the world so far. It has changed the way we do business, conduct events, and of course, report the news. Closer to home, we’...

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By Sara Mageit 08:58 am September 29, 2020
EU-based startup, Raccoon.World, has recently raised an additional €625k from private investment fund Quarter Partners in the second phase of its seed funding round, bringing the round’s total to €900k. WHY IT MATTERS The startup will use the funding to enhance its Raccoon.Recovery rehabilitation platform in helping people recover after injuries and neurological diseases and aims to expand its...
By Dave Muoio 02:34 pm September 28, 2020
A new review of Apple Watch-related presentations suggests that the device's abnormal pulse detection feature may be fueling unnecessary healthcare utilization. "The observation that new clinically actionable cardiovascular diagnoses of interest were diagnosed in only 11.4% of patients following medical evaluation as directed by the treating provider suggests a high false positive rate as a...
By Dave Muoio 02:07 pm September 25, 2020
The smart home of the future is one dominated by sensors, transmitters and intelligent data analyses that work to improve the lives of those dwelling within. Increase the scale by a degree of magnitude and you have smart communities or cities: an aggregated body of information and infrastructure systems that aims to deliver services efficiently and – if implemented carefully – address issues of...
By MobiHealthNews 01:51 pm September 25, 2020
It's a bit of a pot pourri this week as the MobiHealthNews team shares some of what it's heard at a variety of (virtual, of course) industry events. First, host Jonah Comstock recaps what Apple announced at its product launch event last week, then Associate Editors Dave Muoio and Mallory Hackett discuss the Digital Therapeutics East event. Last, Managing Editor Laura Lovett and Jonah talk about...
By Dave Muoio 02:59 pm September 24, 2020
Google Maps will be receiving an update this week that shows users the prevalence of COVID-19 cases in an area, the tech company announced yesterday in a blog post. Through an option selected within the application, Maps will display a color-coded overlay communicating seven-day averages of new cases per 100,000 in that area, as well as a general indication of whether or not local incidence is...
By Dave Muoio 02:40 pm September 23, 2020
A one-sided arrangement. Earlier this week, budget-minded connected-exercise-maker Echelon Fitness announced the launch of is "Prime Bike," a $499 device that it described in its reveal as "Amazon's first-ever connected fitness product." Through a bring-your-own-tablet interface, the machine would enable owners to join live and on-demand fitness classes through Echelon's subscription service. "...
By Sophie Porter 01:52 am September 22, 2020
Cardiff-based female health pioneers have announced the launch of the UK’s first fully-integrated supplement range and a digital training programme to help manage the symptoms of menopause. The 'Health & Her Perimenopause and Menopause Food Supplements' are the result of research into over 50,000 women’s experiences and have been designed in collaboration with nutritional therapists to ensure...

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By Tammy Lovell 08:05 am September 21, 2020
Abbott announced that its Libre Sense Glucose Sport Biosensor has achieved a CE Mark, paving the way for a European roll-out.   The Libre Sense biosensor provides continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) to help athletes understand the efficacy of their nutrition choices on training and competition. Based on Abbott's FreeStyle Libre technology for people living with diabetes, it is the first personal-...