March 17, 2015
OptimizeMe, the Zurich, Switzerland-based life logging app that interprets wellness data users collect through apps and devices, will soon launch its second version under a new name, following an "amicable legal dispute resolution" with UnitedHealth Group.
OptimizeMe shares a very similar name with United's employee wellness app OptumizeMe, and United holds the trademark on the name. Under the...
March 9, 2015
At an event today Apple announced a new, open source platform for medical research called ResearchKit, which integrates with Apple's previously launched health data exchange HealthKit. Apple has already begun working with about a half dozen healthcare systems to create specific disease research apps. ResearchKit will launch next month.
"We are incredibly confident that [ResearchKit] will have a...
March 6, 2015
Apple will launch the new version of its mobile OS, iOS 8.2, on Monday, which will include a number of updates to Apple Health, according to a report from BGR. The health app updates fall into three broad categories: new features, bug fixes, and, notably, updates to how the app handles units.
One new feature will allow users to "add and visualize workout sessions from 3rd-party apps." Previously...
March 5, 2015
Weight loss company NutriSystem stressed that its weight loss app was a key part of its strategy moving forward, according to the company's Q4 earnings call. The company's core offering is an end-to-end weight loss system: The company sends users ingredients and food preparation instructions via snail mail.
But the NuMi app, soft launched in March 2014 and officially launched in December, can...
March 2, 2015
Apple hasn't changed any of the health sensors or features of its soon-to-launch Apple Watch device since it first announced it last fall. That may be common knowledge to most, but there seems to be a growing number of people who believe Apple scrapped its health features in February. Well, it didn't.
A few weeks ago The Wall Street Journal published a must-read exclusive that reported Apple had...
February 17, 2015
Last week Under Armour held an analyst day focused on its digital fitness strategy that included appearances by Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank, MapMyFitness CEO Robin Thurston, MyFitnessPal CEO Mike Lee, and Endomondo CEO Mette Lykke. Under Armour acquired MapMyFitness in 2013, and it acquired both MyFitnessPal and Endomondo earlier this year.
Plank discussed the high level strategy...
February 17, 2015
Nike has updated its Nike+ Fuel app for iOS for the first time since September, adding connectivity with Apple HealthKit, new social sharing features, and, in keeping with a recent fitness band trend, the option to eschew the Nike+ FuelBand hardware entirely and track movement via sensors embedded in the user's smartphone. The app has also dropped "Band" from its name, further distancing the...
February 5, 2015
At least 14 hospitals are now either actively involved in a HealthKit pilot or in talks to roll one out, according to a new report from Reuters. Google and Samsung are beginning to approach hospitals to use their platform as well.
Reuters didn't name the 14 hospitals, but several have already spoken publicly about using HealthKit: Oschner Medical Center in New Orleans, Stanford Children's...
February 4, 2015
Apple and IBM's "Retention" app for insurers.
Although the IBM-Apple partnership for enterprise mobility has yet to make a healthcare-focused app public, one is coming up in the first quarter of 2015, and the two companies are still planning to make healthcare a focus of their sales pitch, according to a job posting that went up recently, first spotted by 9to5Mac.
Apple is hiring a handful of ...
December 10, 2014
Duke University and Ochsner Health System in Louisiana are two of the first hospitals to integrate with Apple HealthKit via Epic. At the mHealth Summit in National Harbor, Maryland this week, Duke's Dr. Ricky Bloomfield and Ochsner's Dr. Richard Milani took the stage for a packed Q&A session about the new technologies, applications and opportunities. Here's eight takeaways from the session.