April 22, 2013
At the end of March, London-based Fitbug filed a lawsuit against San Francisco-based Fitbit that alleges trademark infringement and unfair business practices, which Fitbug claims has caused it irreparable harm and damage. While the company has stated that it sent Fitbit a cease-and-desist letter last year, the official lawsuit was filed on March 29, 2013 -- just a few weeks after reports surfaced...
April 5, 2013
Seattle-based EveryMove, a startup that uses rewards to incentivize health and fitness behaviors, announced an additional $3.5 million in funding and an Android version of its mobile app, which launched for iOS in October.
The funding comes from existing investors BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners, Sandbox Industries, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska. With their previous $2.6...
January 24, 2013
One thread MobiHealthNews has been following since 2010 is the changing role of the payer in digital health. The buzz at the mHealth Summit suggested that 2013 could be a big year for payers taking on more proactive, preventative measures to reduce their own costs and improve the health of their clients.
Health insurer and self-styled "global health services company" Cigna has announced a...
January 21, 2013
Nike announced Friday the opening of a developer portal for the Nike+ API. At the same time, the company announced a partnership with popular calorie-tracking and weight loss app Lose It!
Although Lose It! currently integrates with several other devices, including the Fitbit line of activity trackers and the Withings connected weight scale, Lose It! will be the first third-party app to integrate...
January 7, 2013
The BodyMedia Core 2 Armband, with "jewelry-like" customization.
This weekend at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, BodyMedia announced the Core 2 Armband, a smaller, more streamlined version of the company's wearable tracker.
Although the Core 2 (about the size of an iPod Nano) is considerably smaller than the existing FIT armband, lately famous for its use on the newest season...
January 7, 2013
A flurry of new activity trackers has been announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week, with a number of companies rounding out their product lines. Withings is no exception: the "smart" health device company that began offering a wireless weight scale in 2009 and a wireless blood-pressure monitor in 2011 is finally getting into the activity tracker scene, with the...
November 29, 2012
After at least two years of development, Basis Science has officially launched its wrist-worn fitness and health tracker, Basis, for $199, which includes a free, supporting web-based health behavior change platform. The device is available on the company's site and will ship in early December. Basis aims to distinguish itself from the ever growing number of activity tracking devices by focusing...
November 23, 2012
Wearable health trackers are making a lot of news lately, with three major product launches in the last month, but one big question that remains is what will it take to drive adoption of these trackers, not just among health nuts and tech enthusiasts but among most of middle America?
One solution to that problem is media visibility. Feel Rich's partnership with Text4Baby and the NFL and NBAs'...
October 23, 2012
By Orion Armon, IP Litigation practice group, Cooley LLP
Until now, the mHealth industry has experienced relatively few patent infringement conflicts, and little or no litigation instituted by non-practicing entities. But these trends may be disrupted within the next few years. Companies in the medical device, computer, networking, and communications industries are all patenting in the mHealth...
July 6, 2012
Proteus Biomedical's Raisin system
Intelligent medicine platform developer Proteus Biomedical has changed its name to Proteus Digital Health, to "better reflect" what the company does, Chief Product Officer David O'Reilly told MobiHealthNews in an email this week. Proteus also inked a deal with Japan-based Otsuka Pharmaceutical, which is known for its Abilify drug for schizophrenia and bipolar...