December 8, 2014
Samsung launched its open access development platform, which include SAMI on the software side and SimBand on the hardware side, last month. The challenge for the consumer electronics company now is to get a critical mass of developers on board with the platform to drive consumer adoption.
"Our vision at Samsung is to empower people, to improve their lives through our digital health platform,"...
November 17, 2014
Self-tracking data from wearable devices has gradually become important to your doctors, your employer, and your health insurer. Now it seems your lawyer wants in, too.
Vivametrica, a Canadian company that uses a device-agnostic platform to collect and analyze activity data for healthcare providers and employers, launched a new service for personal injury lawyers. Quantified data from the...
November 17, 2014
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reached out to Apple to confirm that the health data collected by Apple's smartwatch, called Apple Watch, will not be sold to third parties, according to a report from Reuters.
Reuters explains that in the past few months, Apple representatives have met with FTC officials on multiple occasions to discuss the privacy issues surrounding the Apple Watch.
November 13, 2014
This week MobiHealthNews once again rounded up an up-to-date list of health and wellness apps that connect to Apple's HealthKit, a health and fitness data exchange that makes it easier for iOS apps to share data with each other. For this week's in-depth report, MobiHealthNews analyzed the ways in which these 137 health and wellness apps are integrating with HealthKit. Some only pull data from...
November 13, 2014
At the Samsung Developer Conference this week in San Francisco, the South Korean consumer electronics giant revealed much more about its digital health plans, including the names of 24 partners it has been working with -- a dozen commercial partners and a dozen research partners.
Samsung's commercial partners for digital health currently include Nike, Aetna, Cigna, Cleveland Clinic, dacadoo,...
November 4, 2014
HealthLoop, the Mountain View, California-based doctor-patient communication startup, is looking for ways to make patient engagement pay. In addition to its recent team-up with a California malpractice insurer, the company has launched at least one payer pilot to try to demonstrate an ROI, founder Dr. Jordan Shlain reported at the Digital Healthcare Innovation Summit in Boston. They're also...
October 29, 2014
Google has released the fitness app for Android devices it announced in June, called Google Fit.
"When it comes to improving our fitness, every little effort counts," Android Director of Product Management Sabrina Ellis said in a blog post. "That’s why we’ve created Google Fit – a fitness app that helps you to start tracking your activity effortlessly and become more active, aware and motivated...
October 23, 2014
One of the largest not-for-profit healthcare systems in the US, CHE Trinity Health has chosen Sharecare, the company founded by WebMD founder Jeff Arnold and television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz, to equip its 30 million patients spread across 20 states with Sharecare's portfolio of patient engagement tools. CHE will offer patients Sharecare's health risk assessment the RealAge Test,...
October 21, 2014
For the second time since it announced its HealthKit plans, Apple has made a mistake related to blood glucose measurement units. Last week the company pulled the glucose tracking feature out of its Health app for users in some countries where glucose is tracked in millimoles per liter (mmol/L) and not milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) like they are in the US.
"If you measure your blood glucose...
October 15, 2014
Some industry stakeholders from providers to investors to consumer device makers think something like Apple's HealthKit could be the catalyst that finally brings the patient -- and patient-generated data -- into the healthcare ecosystem in a way that electronic medical records have persistently failed to do. While the conversation at Jannssen Labs and Johnson & Johnson Innovations' Digital...