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By By Jonah Comstock 03:47 pm June 22, 2020
At the opening keynote for WWDC2020, Apple’s virtual developer conference, the company announced a few additional health and fitness capabilities for the Apple Watch — though the event was relatively light on health content, especially compared to previous years. Sleep tracking arrives at last One such feature — sleep tracking — has been a notable omission for the wearable ever since it was first...
By By Dave Muoio 03:29 pm June 22, 2020
Mental health and wellness app use has been on the rise during the past few months of COVID-19, but new quarantines and disease concerns may not be fueling the spike in new users or other metrics. According to a recent data report from Apptopia, increases among the 15 most popular of these apps have been in lockstep with the gradual trend of rising engagement that the mobile app market-...
By By Mallory Hackett 02:40 pm June 22, 2020
Nearly 90% of people managing chronic conditions in the U.S. surveyed for Sony’s mSafety Wearable Platform Division said they could better manage their conditions with remote monitoring. The study was published in time for the American Telemedicine Association's virtual conference today. It looked at the rate of adoption and interest in remote health-monitoring technology targeted at people...
By By Dave Muoio 01:56 pm June 22, 2020
Binah.ai has raised $13.5 million in Series B funding for its smartphone camera- and artificial intelligence-based vital signs-monitoring technology. Maverick Ventures Israel headlined the round, while prior backers Esplanade Ventures, Sompo International, GiTV and iAngels also participated. The Tel Aviv, Israel-based company said that it's looking to boost its sales and marketing efforts with...
By By HIMSS Media 05:02 pm June 19, 2020
Following up on last week's episode, host Jonah Comstock and MobiHealthNews Associate Editor Dave Muoio chat with Dr. Brennan Spiegel, Director of Health Services Research at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. As well as picking up on the thread of COVID-19's effect on the burgeoning field of virtual medicine, Speigel also talks about some of his own experiences with therapeutic VR, lays...
By By Laura Lovett 04:00 pm June 19, 2020
When it comes to the diabetes space, Dexcom is one of the heavy hitters. Its work in the continuous glucose monitoring space has put it on the map. In 2018, its Dexcom G6, an integrated continuous glucose monitoring system, got the greenlight from the FDA, making it the first interoperable CGM to get the designation. This means that it could be part of an integrated system compatible with other...
By By MobiHealthNews 03:16 pm June 18, 2020
Samsung smartwatch users in South Korea will now be able to tap into the tech’s Health Monitoring Application, which includes blood pressure-monitoring capabilities and ECG tracking. This comes after the two new capabilities scored clearance from South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety in the spring. This isn’t Samsung’s only health-focused tool to be released. A few weeks ago, it debuted...
By By Mallory Hackett 02:57 pm June 18, 2020
AARP Innovation Labs announced the winners of its Hacking Menopause Challenge, which aimed to create noninvasive tools to combat common menopause symptoms, such as hot flashes, fatigue and sleep disorders. EloCare won the top prize of $5,000 for the best two-system solution. Pride Chill and NYX Systems each collected $4,000 for the best one-system solution and the best retail-directed one-system...
By By Dave Muoio 02:34 pm June 18, 2020
Community care service-coordination platform Unite Us announced this week that it has acquired Staple Health, a social determinants of health analytics company. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Founded in 2017, Staple Health's specialty is predictive analytics regarding the role social factors can play in various health outcomes. Unite Us was interested in adding these strengths to its...
By By Dave Muoio 11:04 am June 18, 2020
Big Health, maker of digital health apps targeting poor sleep, worry and anxiety, has announced a $39 million Series B raise. Gilde Health and Morningside Ventures headlined the funding. Samsung NEXT also participated in the raise, as did prior backers Kaiser Permanente Ventures and Octopus Ventures. WHAT THEY DO Big Health's two major digital health products Sleepio and Daylight are digital...