January 8, 2014
CES is upon us again. According to the Boston Globe, the Las Vegas consumer electronics show is dedicating 40 percent more floor space to digital health than last year and more than 300 digital health companies are exhibiting. Whether or not those stats are illustrative, digital health is still a more popular topic at CES than it ever has been. And with more and more big companies like Sony and...
October 14, 2013
Pennsylvania-based online family management system AboutOne raised $1.8 million led by Golden Seeds with additional funding from health incubator Novotorium, and current investors iPipeline's Tim Wallace, Rees Capital, and Ben Franklin SEP, Joanne Lang told MobiHealthNews.
The company plans to use the money to finish the development of its mobile app set to launch at CES "with some amazing...
March 12, 2013
Since late last year it has been something of an open secret in some digital health circles that Newton, Massachusetts-based sleep monitoring and coaching company Zeo was winding down its operations and searching for a buyer. At least one investor was making veiled references to the company running out of money during various question-and-answer periods at the mHealth Summit in Washington DC last...
January 7, 2013
At the CES event in Las Vegas this week, Fitbit unveiled a new Bluetooth Smart-enabled, wrist-worn activity tracker, called Fitbit Flex. Like most of Fitbit's other trackers, the Flex also promises to help users track their sleep health if worn at night. All of Fitbit's previous activity trackers were intended to be worn clipped on to clothing or tucked into users' pockets. The Flex, which is...
December 3, 2012
The FDA has granted a 510(K) Class II clearance to San Francisco-based AliveCor's iPhone-enabled heart monitor, which has been commonly known as the "iPhoneECG" since it first made an appearance at CES two years ago. The company announced the clearance as the mHealth Summit kicks off this week in the Washington DC area. AliveCor will begin pre-selling the $199 clinical-quality, ECG monitor,...
June 5, 2012
Verizon SureResponse mPERS
That has to be a question on the minds of Verizon healthcare executives this week.
Verizon just announced plans for a whopping $621 million acquisition of leading machine-to-machine company, Hughes Telematics. The Hughes acquisition is without a doubt focused on adding more cellular-enabled services to cars, which is Hughes core competency. Connected cars are beginning...
May 29, 2012
Last week 13-year-old wearable health tracking device company BodyMedia formally served Basis Science, a startup working to bring its wearable tracking device to market, with a lawsuit that claims Basis' offering infringes on six patents held by BodyMedia in more than 100 ways. Basis filed its response and counterclaims within days.
I had a chance to discuss the suit with the CEO of BodyMedia,...
January 19, 2012
Mobile and wireless health are trying hard to win over a public that at best is skeptical, but more likely has no idea what this stuff actually is.
As I argued in my previous column, most people don't get the whole concept of connected health, but explaining it in simple terms could change that. I also said that there hasn't been enough distinction made between healthcare and consumer health/...
July 20, 2011
Screenshot from Independa's Angela tablet
Welcome to the world of private-label and single-purpose tablet computers for healthcare. Less feature-packed and powerful than the segment-leading iPad, these lower-cost computers are being positioned by at least two companies as control panels for remote and home monitoring systems.
Back at the beginning of the year, at the International CES show,...
February 28, 2011
Each week the MobiHealthNews team picks a "quote of the week" (QOW) that we include in our free weekly newsletter. Since it's the end of the month, here's a roundup of the past two months' QOWs. Some are important for the content of the quote -- others are important simply because the person speaking is recognizing the potential of mobile health. US President Barack Obama, for example, recognized...