Consumer

Google vaccine info examples on two phone screens
By  Laura Lovett 01:39 pm January 25, 2021
Google is now focusing its coronavirus efforts on vaccine distribution, with a new vaccine information and location search and a $150 million investment in vaccine education and access. In the next few weeks patients will be able to tap into Google's search and maps to find COVID-19 vaccination locations. The program is starting in Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, with more states on...
Ada Lovelace Institute, COVID-19, V-Health passports, digital vaccine passports
By  Tammy Lovell 10:03 am January 25, 2021
An evidence review led by the Ada Lovelace Institute will examine practical and ethical issues around digital vaccine passports and health status apps.  The review, launched this month, will include a series of expert panels, an open call for evidence and an expert body chaired by Professor Sir Jonathan Montgomery to establish recommendations and open questions. The project will build upon the...
Ancestry Health
By  Dave Muoio and Laura Lovett 02:24 pm January 20, 2021
Digital incubator open for business. Anthem has kicked off a new incubator for digital health companies that it says will provide opportunities for funding, mentorship, path-to-market guidance and access to the payer's substantial body of certified de-identified data. Called the Anthem Digital Incubator, this program will be offering invitations to digital health entrepreneurs and recently formed...
Dr. Garth Graham at an event in 2016. Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Harlem EatUp!

Dr. Garth Graham at an event in 2016. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Harlem EatUp!)

By  Jonah Comstock 03:38 pm January 19, 2021
Last week, YouTube announced a new team that will push for more high-quality, credible medical content on its platform, including content aimed at laypeople as well as physicians. The team will be led by Dr. Garth Graham, former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health, in the position of director and global head of healthcare and public health partnerships. A cardiologist by training, Graham...
By  MobiHealthNews 04:21 pm January 15, 2021
There was a time when CES' annual takeover of Las Vegas was about as reliable as the passing of seasons, but the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed this year's event into the first all-digital show of the trade convention's decades-long history. In lieu of crowded conference halls, on-stage keynotes and late-night parties, attendees are logging on to watch consumer technology's major names discuss...
By  Dave Muoio 11:28 am January 14, 2021
Fourteen-and-a-half months later, Google has finally completed its acquisition of health wearables company Fitbit. The news was announced this morning in complementary statements from Fitbit cofounder and (now previous) CEO James Park and Rick Osterloh, Google's SVP of devices and services. "This is just the beginning because becoming part of the Google family means we can do even more to inspire...
digital health predictions
By  Sara Mageit 06:40 am January 14, 2021
With a new coronavirus variant afoot and an uncertain 12 months ahead, MobiHealthNews has compiled 2021 predictions on the key themes that will affect the digital health industry during a potentially turbulent year. We hear from a range of EMEA-based health and tech leaders on the continued efforts to close the health equity gap, the growth of self-care apps, VR technology, employer technology...
By  Dave Muoio 03:11 pm January 13, 2021
Period and fertility-tracking-app maker Flo Health has settled with the Federal Trade Commission regarding a complaint alleging improper disclosure of sensitive user data to third-party marketing and analytics services from Facebook, Google and others, the agency announced today. The FTC's complaint listed several ways in which Flo deceived its users. These included messaging from the company...
Itamar Medical, Spry Health, sleep apnea, remote monitoring
By  Sophie Porter 03:33 am January 13, 2021
Leading Israeli sleep apnea digital health company Itamar Medical has announced its acquisition of Spry Health in a bid to expand its product offerings into remote monitoring and support for the condition.  Itamar Medical CEO Gilad Glick identified Spry Health as a “perfect fit” to aid the company’s expansion. Of particular interest was Spry’s patented Loop System technology, a wearable device...
Experts at CES 2021 discuss how to overcome the barrier for trust in something that is hard to understand and visualize.
By  Mallory Hackett 12:40 pm January 12, 2021
By this point in time, artificial intelligence and machine learning are deployed by healthcare organizations for almost every aspect of the care journey. From clinical decision-making support to automating the revenue cycle, AI has become an integral tool in healthcare. A problem remains in how clinicians, staff and patients can trust something that they can’t see and oftentimes don’t understand...