April 11, 2016
Doctors at an emergency room in New Jersey used data from a patient's Fitbit activity tracker -- which they happened to notice on his wrist -- to determine his course of treatment.
When the 42-year-old patient showed up in the ER at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, New Jersey, he had already had a seizure and he had atrial fibrillation. Doctors had to decide whether or not to use an...
April 4, 2016
Fitbit announced last week that in its first month of selling its two newest device: Fitbit Blaze and Fitbit Alta devices, it has sold 1 million of each. Additionally, during that time frame, the company says the Blaze was the best-selling device in the smartwatch category on Amazon.
“At Fitbit, we continue to focus on developing innovative and motivating fitness-first products that our customers...
March 31, 2016
Last year, The University of San Diego’s California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology's (Calit2) data sharing initiative, called Health Data Exploration (HDE), awarded a total of $200,000 to five projects that aim to use aggregated personal health data to advance research. Now, the five HDE projects have released results from their first year.
Calit2, which received the...
March 29, 2016
We tend to think of activity tracking devices and the companion apps that process their data as single product offerings. But a new report from Argus Insights suggests that perhaps the users of these devices don't see them that way.
Argus, which looks at consumer reviews and social data to analyze "mindshare", reports that the baseline level of consumer enjoyment (what Argus calls "delight') of...
March 17, 2016
Amazon Echo, the company's Bluetooth speaker that doubles as a voice control hub for connected home devices and services, can now tell Fitbit users about their sleep, activity and weight, the companies announced today. Amazon Echo's personal assistant component goes by the name, Alexa.
“Our integration with Alexa gives you hands-free access to your data, so you can find out when you walk in the...
March 16, 2016
Jawbone has added a new defendant to one of its cases against Fitbit. This case is the one in which Jawbone alleges Fitbit poached employees who stole Jawbone trade secrets, according to Fortune.
In the amended filing, Jawbone added Fitbit employee Jing Qi “Gee” Weiden, who was a former Jawbone employee, to the defendants. Weiden allegedly sent sensitive Jawbone company files to her Fitbit...
March 16, 2016
Consumer activity trackers are inexpensive, user friendly, and reasonably accurate, so it's not surprising that as their public profile has grown, so have the number of researchers using them in clinical trials. We did a search of ClinicalTrials.gov for "Fitbit" -- just one of the activity trackers out there, but one of the most popular and high profile -- and found a surprising number of in-...
March 8, 2016
A Fitbit survey of 200 CEOs that run companies with between 1,000 and 10,000 employees found that 88 percent of respondents already offer employees some kind of wellness program.
When asked whether a social event or a wellness program would more effectively reduce stress in their workforce, 80 percent of CEOs said a wellness program and just 20 percent said an event.
The survey also found that...
March 1, 2016
With 11 million patient visits each year, Carolinas HealthCare System has been looking for ways to better manage their patient load.
“The volume is really starting to crush us, especially in those primary care practices where we see these doctors are busy, busy, busy,” Pamela Landis, vice president of information services at Carolinas HealthCare System said during a presentation at the Patient...
February 29, 2016
Fitbit revealed in its annual report that it ended up buying fitness coaching app FitStar last year for about $24.8 million because it didn't end up having to pay the earnout of $7.7 million.
Fitbit confirmed that it had acquired FitStar in March 2015. Shortly after the news broke, an SEC filing suggested that Fitbit spent at least $17.8 million the acquisition.
When the company went public a...