September 4, 2020
By pulling anonymized, publicly available location data from mobile devices, researchers have found that the U.S. population generally complied with stay-at-home orders issued by state officials this spring.
The analysis, published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), is the latest to use personal devices and the data they generate to describe behaviors relevant to public...
March 27, 2020
This morning Apple became the next tech giant to jump into the coronavirus resource space, with the launch of its COVID-19 website and corresponding app.
The new site, which serves as both a screening tool and information platform, was born out of a collaboration with Apple, the CDC, the White House Coronavirus Task Force and FEMA.
Users are able to go onto the site and answer a list of questions...
October 28, 2019
Facebook is again expanding its public health messaging efforts with the launch of a new tool that shows users in the U.S. a list of recommended preventive tests or checkups, sets scheduling reminders and connects users to local providers of those services.
Born of partnerships with the American Cancer Society, the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the CDC, the...
November 21, 2018
Livongo’s DPP recogized by the CDC. Digital chronic care company Livongo Health’s Diabetes Prevention Program has received full recognition from the CDC, according to a release from the company. The designation implies that the digital offering meets the agency’s standards as a Type 2 diabetes prevention and lifestyle change intervention, and is listed within the CDC’s online referral tool.
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...
February 1, 2018
Yesterday, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald resigned from her position as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention following a Politico report that she had purchased shares of a tobacco company within a month of appointment. Since July, Fitzgerald has often been unable to attend several hearings due to conflicts of interest from other holdings, drawing ire from some of her colleagues in...
January 17, 2018
Kinsa is one of the leading digital health companies in the smart thermometer space, but the company’s mission has never been to sell thermometers. Instead, Kinsa has always seen itself as a big data company. With the recent public launch of Kinsa Insights, that aspect of the company is taking center stage.
“The core hypothesis of the company is ‘Could we find a way to communicate with someone...
January 16, 2018
Connected thermometers track flu season. Smart thermometer company Kinsa told the New York Times that its flu tracking data is more accurate and more granular than that of the CDC. Kinsa's data -- based on 25,000 readings a day from thermometers in 500,000 households around the country -- suggests that California's flu outbreak is the worst in five years, while the Northeast, including New York...
September 8, 2016
People with prediabetes using health coaching app Noom achieved levels of success that are comparable to traditional diabetes prevention programs for weight loss and health management, a new study found.
The study, published in the British Medical Journal Open Diabetes Research & Care, found 64 percent of people using the Noom app lost more than 5 percent of their weight, which is comparable...
August 5, 2016
The 2016 Olympic Games are, defiantly, upon us. In the face of Rio de Janeiro’s questionable quality of air, water, mosquito-borne disease control, plus high crime rates, public health officials around the world are bracing for the impact.
So, where safety and public health interventions end, the apps are here to fill in the gaps. Most are focused on curbing the spread of Zika virus, which has...