August 5, 2014
In the latest update to the iOS 8 beta, Apple added a number of health-related features, according to various reports. Most notably, the company added a data tracking capability for spirometry, which is data about how obstructed the lungs are collected by people with conditions like asthma or COPD.
Apple announced its Health app and HealthKit developer package at its WWDC event in June. The app...
July 9, 2014
Durham, North Carolina-based health data platform company Validic announced this week that it had acquired its partner Mountain View, California-based Infometers for an undisclosed sum. Validic's CEO Ryan Beckland told MobiHealthNews that his company bought Infometers for its technology capabilities and for its team. All full-time Infometers employees have joined Validic, Beckland said, but the...
June 19, 2014
Apple has filed for a handful of new patents related to biometric sensing and tracking, according to a report over at AppleInsider. One of the patents the company filed for, "Method and apparatus for personal characterization data collection using sensors", describes a system that uses data collected by smartphone sensors (accelerometers, gyroscopes, location sensors) and data collected by...
June 18, 2014
A little over a year ago, Nike made headlines when it announced that it was not working an Android app for its Nike+ FuelBand users. A few months ago, reports surfaced that the company was cutting down its hardware team and possibly moving to a software-centric strategy. This week, the company announced that a companion Android app is now available for Nike+ FuelBand SE customers.
While the app's...
June 17, 2014
WebMD updated its consumer-facing health app this week: it now integrates a user's biometric data from certain activity trackers, wireless scales, and glucose meters. While the app tracks steps, sleep, weight and blood glucose data from devices, if users have an iPhone 5s, they can also track steps passively from their phone.
The app's new feature, called Healthy Target, uses data from these...
June 16, 2014
As MobiHealthNews noted last week in the introduction to our In-Depth report on Apple's Health app feature set, the FDA made a rare move on Wednesday by adding a new description for a type of mobile medical app that it would not regulate as a medical device. The FDA has actually added a total of four such new descriptions to its list in 2014.
It just so happened that the latest app description to...
June 13, 2014
On Wednesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration quietly updated its list of mobile medical applications that it would not regulate. It added a description of an app that fairly well describes Apple's recently announced Health app. The addition comes just a day after the FDA responded to a three-month old Freedom of Information Act request from a tech publication about its meeting with Apple...
June 13, 2014
Google Now tracking activity.
First it was Samsung's SAMI, then Apple's HealthKit. Now Google is, according to a report from Forbes, preparing to launch its own software platform for aggregating fitness and health data.
According to Forbes, Google will follow Apple's leads and announce Google Fit at its own developer conference, Google I/O, June 25 and 26. The software will aggregate data...
June 10, 2014
When we first learned that a small team of Apple executives met with FDA officials last December to discuss mobile medical applications, it seemed likely that the discussion was intended to help Apple better avoid FDA regulation for its rumored health products. Thanks to a successful Freedom of Information Act request from the Apple-focused resources site Apple Toolkit, the FDA has furnished a...
June 5, 2014
Where are the HealthKit skeptics? Apple didn't provide a whole lot of meat during its three-minute introduction to its health data aggregation platform, HealthKit, and its consumer-facing companion app, Health. Still, I would have expected more skeptics to come out with a better case against HealthKit's prospects. So far they have mostly just been the expected but weak comparisons to untethered...