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Dr. Alan Lotvin, EVP and chief technology officer of CVS, presenting at the Attain launch in Boston on January 29.

By Laura Lovett January 30, 2019
It’s easy to ignore a flu shot reminder email or grab a donut on your way into work, but Attain — a new voluntary wellness rewards program developed in partnership by Apple and Aetna (recently acquired by CVS) — is aiming to curb these behaviors through personalization.  At yesterday’s Attain launch event in Boston, Apple and Aetna executives stressed the importance of both personalization and...
By Dave Muoio January 29, 2019
This morning Aetna (which was recently acquired by CVS) and Apple announced a new wellness program that will leverage health data, a custom app and the Apple Watch. Called Attain by Aetna, the voluntary program will deliver personalized health goals, recommendations and rewards based on members’ daily activity. “From fitness enthusiasts, to casual gym-goers, to parents who get all their exercise...
By Dave Muoio January 17, 2019
Earlier today, Johnson & Johnson announced plans for a multi-year research program it will be launching with Apple to explore the role Apple Watches could play in senior health monitoring. Set to kickoff later this year, the pragmatic randomized controlled trial study will be conducted in the US and enroll adults aged 65 years or older, according to a statement. Specifically, the primary...
By Dave Muoio January 16, 2019
A bot by any other name. It appears that Pillo Health won’t be the only one selling its friendly home health assistant and countertop pill dispenser. Thanks to a strategic investment by Stanley Ventures, Stanley Black & Decker will be offering a slightly modified version of the device under the name of “Pria by Black+Decker Home Care Companion.” According to a representative of Stanley Black...

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By Jonah Comstock December 20, 2018
It seems like Apple gets more involved in healthcare every year, and 2018 was no exception. The two big stories of the year — the Apple Watch ECG and Apple Health Records — were both the culmination of years of rumors and reports. And the company made health news in myriad smaller ways as well. Read up for a roundup of Apple’s 2018, including a taste of what we might expect in 2019 and beyond....
By Jonah Comstock December 6, 2018
As predicted, the Apple Watch's version 5.1.2 update went live today, giving anyone in the United States with an Apple Watch Series 4 the ability to take an ECG reading on the wrist. Alongside the active ECG, the Watch's passive irregular rhythm detection feature launched today as well. "We are confident in the ability of these features to help users have more informed conversations with their...
Jeff Williams shows off the Apple Watch ECG in September.
By Jonah Comstock November 29, 2018
Apple made big waves at its last September special event by announcing — concurrent with FDA's announcement of its clearance — an ECG reader built into the Apple Watch Series 4. Now, according to a leaked training document obtained by MacRumors, that feature is set to go live in the next WatchOS update, version 5.1.2, due out before the year's end. While the Watch itself has been on sale since...
By Dave Muoio November 29, 2018
A Vitality Group wellness program that allowed participants to pay off the cost of an Apple Watch with regular activity incentives yielded a roughly 34 percent increase in regular physical activity, or an additional 4.8 “activity days” per month, according to a three-year study recently released by RAND. This gain outpaced that of a similar program run by the group that did not employ a “loss-...
By Dave Muoio November 14, 2018
Starting this month, UnitedHealthcare members enrolled in the insurer’s incentive-based “Motion” program are able track their daily activity using their personal Apple Watch, or one purchased and earned through the program. This comes roughly half a year after UnitedHealthcare first announced the availability back in March, and a few months after the July rollout planned at the time. Through the...
By Laura Lovett November 1, 2018
Klue, a startup that uses gesture monitoring to track eating behaviors, is turning its attention to Type 1 diabetes. This afternoon the San Francisco-based startup announced that its platform will now include a reminder feature designed specifically to help people with Type 1 diabetes manage their condition around meals.  “The module will send the users a gentle nudge on their Apple Watch when...