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By Dave Muoio April 17, 2019
Best Buy is now selling Tyto Care’s remote care device and service through its online storefront, the companies announced in a press release this morning. The retailer is also offering the platform in certain Minnesota stores, and has plans to expand this availability to North Dakota, South Dakota, California and Ohio locations as well. Coming in at $299.99, the TytoHome device connects users to...
By Jonah Comstock August 30, 2018
Fresh off the news of its acquisition by Best Buy, aging in place tech company GreatCall has announced the Jitterbug Smart2, the first update since 2016 to its line of smartphones for seniors. It was the original Jitterbug flip phone for seniors that first launched the company in 2006. Since then the company has grown to include a senior care call center and a line of personal emergency response...
By Jonah Comstock August 15, 2018
San Diego-based GreatCall — an old guard digital health company which started out making smartphones for seniors in 2006 but now offers a suite of connected safety products and services for aging in place individuals — has been acquired by retail chain Best Buy for $800 million. GreatCall was previously acquired in June 2017 by private equity firm GTCR for an undisclosed amount. GTCR is selling...
By MobiHealthNews May 31, 2018
Stamp of approval. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has just granted the diabetes management platform Omada Health a full recognition status. Companies that get the designation must first meet the CDC’s standards, which include getting approval of their curriculum, having a minimum percentage of patients entering the program with qualifying blood tests, having a certain level of...
By Jonah Comstock March 4, 2014
Basis Science, the activity tracker company that makes the high-end Basis B1 Band, has reportedly been purchased by Intel for between $100 million and $150 million, TechCrunch has learned. The publication had previously reported that Basis was soliciting Google, Apple, Samsung, and Microsoft and was seeking a figure below $100 million. If true, the buy would be a positive return for Basis...
By Jonah Comstock October 30, 2013
iHealth Labs, a subsidiary of China-based Andon Health, has finally released it's Bluetooth-enabled, smartphone-connected glucometer first announced nearly a year ago at CES in Las Vegas. The device, called the Wireless Smart Gluco-Monitoring System, received FDA 510(k) clearance in April. The device connects via Bluetooth Low Energy to a companion app on an iOS or Android smartphone. The app...
By Aditi Pai June 17, 2013
It seems like there's a new digital health device announced every day. Last week alone, Melon finished a Kickstarter campaign for a wearable head band to track concentration and potentially sleep, Basis launched a mobile app to accompany its Basis Band and Glooko relaunched its mobile diabetes management device. Still, in an increasingly competitive market, a few digital health devices have...
By Brian Dolan February 9, 2012
(Quick Reminder: MobiHealthNews' first webinar of the year is today at 2PM ET. Complimentary registration can be found right here -- if you aren't one of the 1,000+ who have registered already!) This week's Super Bowl was the most-watched television event in the history of the United States. According to Nielsen, more than 111 million people tuned in. Very few people, however, likely noticed that...
By Brian Dolan January 10, 2012
The biggest health-related news that broke ahead of the massive Consumer Electronics Show (CES) taking place in Las Vegas this week wasn't the launch of some new connected health device or fitness tracker. Instead, the big story (so far) is about an unlikely experiment that a trio of Best Buy stores in the Chicago area are undertaking with health insurance provider Aetna. While the pilot doesn't...
By Brian Dolan September 26, 2011
Zeo unveiled the Zeo Sleep Manager Mobile this week, the next iteration of its sleep monitoring offering, which connects Zeo's sleep phase monitoring headband directly to iOS and Android devices without the need for a bedside monitor. MobiHealthNews has anticipated Zeo's plans to transmit directly to smartphones since May of last year. The name of Zeo's new device offers a clue about the company'...