October 9, 2014
Connected healthcare device sales will exceed $3 billion globally by 2019, according to a report from analysis firm Juniper Research.
Juniper explains that the connected healthcare devices it looked at include blood pressure cuffs, oximeters for diabetes, and sleep monitors for sleep apnea.
According to the research firm, this growth can be partially attributed to the result of Apple and Samsung'...
October 9, 2014
Ever since Apple announced its HealthKit developer toolkit, which aggregates data from a number of different self-tracking apps and devices, it's been a foregone conclusion that Fitbit would be connected. Apple showed a screencap of Fitbit at its developer conference announcing the product. In a recent interview, a Jawbone spokesperson used Fitbit as an example of a device that could potentially...
October 2, 2014
WebMD Healthy Target feature
WebMD and Walgreens announced that they will each integrate some of the other's digital health services into their online and mobile offerings. Walgreens customers that have a WebMD account will now be able to refill prescriptions and make clinic appointments at Walgreens through the WebMD website or app. Walgreens digital offerings will also now include some of...
September 18, 2014
Along with the official launch of the new iOS 8 operating system yesterday, a large number of health and medical app developers intended to launch apps that integrated with Apple's HealthKit platform. However, because of a bug in HealthKit that Apple apparently discovered at the last minute, the iPhone-maker did not grant approval to any updated health app that integrated with HealthKit.
September 17, 2014
About a week ago Fitbit hired a lobbyist firm to represent its interests on the Hill, as the National Journal reported. According to the official lobbyist registration form, Heather Podesta + Partners will help Fitbit "educate lawmakers regarding health and fitness devices". The form also lists two general issues of interest to Fitbit: health care issues and consumer issues around safety and...
September 15, 2014
According to a report from Reuters, two more large hospitals are embarking on pilots with Apple's HealthKit: Stanford University Medical Center and Duke University Hospital. Stanford is using the technology to track blood sugar in children with diabetes, while Duke will be tracking blood pressure and weight for patients with cancer and heart conditions.
Apple appears to be working with a large...
September 3, 2014
Apple recently updated its terms and conditions for developers working with its HealthKit API to integrate health and fitness data aggregated by the platform from various third party apps and their companion devices. Earlier this week the company's rule against selling health data collected via HealthKit to ad platforms and other data collection entities, but Apple's rules for HealthKit...
September 2, 2014
Late last week the Financial Times (sub. req.) reported that Apple had modified its iOS developer license agreement, its rules for developers that create apps for its devices, to ban developers from selling health data collected by HealthKit.
The company wrote that developers must “not sell an end-user’s health information collected through the HealthKit API to advertising platforms, data brokers...
August 13, 2014
According to a new report from Reuters, Apple's announced partnership with EHR provider Epic Systems may not be an exclusive one. The news outlet says Apple is in talks with Allscripts about how HealthKit could integrate with its systems, as well as with Johns Hopkins, Mt. Sinai, and the Cleveland Clinic. Of these organizations, all but the Cleveland Clinic declined to comment.
All the hospitals...
August 6, 2014
During its quarterly call with investors this week WebMD teased a small acquisition it made last month, released some mobile adoption numbers, and discussed its recently launched health tracking offering.
"To further enhance our offering for physicians, in early July we made a small acquisition to enhance our patient simulation capabilities," WebMD's CEO David Schlanger. While the company hasn't...