March 1, 2017
Sharecare has hired two new executives with impressive credentials: John Solomon, who formerly served as vice president of enterprise and government at Apple, will join the company in a strategic advisory role and Dale Rayman, a 27-year Towers Watson vet who also served as chief actuary at Zipongo, will join Sharecare as SVP of actuarial consulting and business development.
January 24, 2017
Breathometer, the Mark Cuban-backed digital health startup that makes a smartphone-connected oral health sensor, has settled a suit with the Federal Trade Commission over its first product, a smartphone-connected breathalyzer. According to the terms of the settlement, Breathometer will have to offer a full refund to customers who bought the device.
The FTC says that it discovered serious accuracy...
November 30, 2016
Arianna Huffington's new Thrive Global venture, which officially launched today, has selected Doctor on Demand as its primary partner for telehealth. The partnership will include a place on Thrive Global's curated e-commerce platform for health and wellness products as well as a place in a physical popup store that will exist in New York City from December 1 through January 15, 2017.
September 8, 2016
The rumors were true. Apple is ditching the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 in favor of headphones that connect via the lightning adapter or wirelessly via Bluetooth. The company argues that the headphone jack is ancient technology whose time has come and that omitting it allows for a thinner and more waterproof device. Critics are upset that they won't be able to use their existing headphones...
February 3, 2015
The Breathometer Mint, announced at CES.
As mobile health continues to push more and more point of care diagnostics into the home, scientists are also finding new diagnostic modalities to spot diseases early. One of the hardest-to-believe is disease detection by smell, but it's proven effective in numerous studies published in the last few years.
Early proofs of concept came out of studies...
January 7, 2015
By The MobiHealthNews Team
Digital health and fitness devices were, yet again, a dominant topic at CES 2015. Companies showed off a number of activity trackers, sleep devices, an oral health tracker, connected weight scales, and a few adhesive temperature devices. This year, while quite a few companies unveiled new digital health offerings, others demo'd products that built on existing devices....
November 11, 2014
Pleasanton, California-based Spirometrix, a company working on a breath analysis sensor for early detection and treatment of asthma and COPD, has raised $8.6 million in second round funding. The round was led by NGK Spark Plugs, a Japanese company that manufactures spark plugs and oxygen sensors, which contributed $5 million. Existing investor Simul Investments also contributed. The raise brings...
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...
May 21, 2014
Just three months after smartphone breathalyzer company Breathometer pitched its product on ABC show Shark Tank Breathometer's sales grew from $140,000 to $1 million. The company's pitch on the show resulted in an unprecedented $1 million investment from all five investors.
Breathometer is also moving on to new health conditions like halitosis, dehydration, diabetes, and asthma.
The Shark Tank...
November 8, 2013
Mark Cuban, billionaire entrepreneur and owner of Landmark Theaters, Magnolia Pictures, and the Dallas Mavericks, has now dipped his toe into mobile health investing.
After making a $500,000 investment in smartphone-connected breathalyzer Breathometer on ABC's Shark Tank, Cuban has now participated in Validic's $760,000 seed round.
"Personalized health is the future of healthcare," Cuban said in...