May 13, 2015
Updated below with statement from Fitbit.
A California man has filed a class action suit against Fitbit, alleging that the company's sleep tracking is inaccurate and constitutes false advertising. The timing of the suit, just days after the announcement of Fitbit's plans for an IPO, is suspect, but the premise of the case is important.
James Brickman, who bought a Fitbit Flex in 2013, doesn't...
May 11, 2015
As news broke last week of Fitbit's IPO plans, MobiHealthNews took some time to look back at moves made by the company over its eight year journey to going public. The company started up in 2007 with a less-than-catchy name: "Healthy Metrics Research, Inc." As we learned last week, in time since its founding the company has sold more than 20.8 million devices as of the end of March 2015, has 9.5...
April 30, 2015
Fitbit Surge smartwatch
President Barack Obama is not the only one who, at least for now, seems to prefer the Fitbit to the Apple Watch. An ON World survey of more than 1,000 consumers found that 48 percent of fitness tracker early adopters chose the Fitbit, while just 21 percent chose the Apple Watch.
“Most activity trackers are one third the price of the lowest priced Apple smartwatch making...
April 29, 2015
Aetna business unit iTriage has released data from a survey of 3,300 of its users -- a sample of individuals who, as iTriage users, have already adopted mobile health tools -- and found that only 48 percent of their iOS users use Apple Health. What's more, 27 percent have never heard of it. Google Fit fairs even worse, with only 40 percent of the iTriage Android users surveyed using it and 27...
April 28, 2015
Castlight's Mark Sarbiewski
Castlight Health, a healthcare transparency company, announced that it had appointed Mark Sarbiewski as its new chief marketing officer. Sarbiewski joins the company from San Francisco-based Anaplan, a cloud-based planning platform for finance, sales, and operations, where he was the company's first chief marketing officer.
Fitbit has hired Jonah Becker as its new...
April 16, 2015
Weight Watchers is recruiting for a randomized control trial that will test the addition of a connected scale into its online weight loss intervention, according to a posting on ClinicalTrials.gov.
The Miriam Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island will play host to a six-month double blind study that will compare Weight Watchers' online program with and without the addition of an electronic scale...
April 15, 2015
Boston-based patient network PatientsLikeMe announced two pieces of pharma news this week: a five-year research collaboration deal with AstraZeneca and the results of a multiple sclerosis wearable study conducted in collaboration with Biogen.
The PatientsLikeMe-AstraZeneca deal is similar to one the company struck with Genentech last Spring. AstraZeneca will have full access to PatientsLikeMe's...
April 9, 2015
Fitbit announced today that it has changed the way it calculates and displays active minutes for users.
The company explained that its activity trackers will only count active minutes if a user participates in an activity for over 10 minutes, which is what the American Heart Association recommends. This will not affect the user's step count numbers.
"This 10-minute rule means that...
April 8, 2015
A program is coming to the United States that will allow life insurance customers to get a discount on their payments in exchange for sharing health and wellness data with their insurer. A story in today's New York Times describes a new service soon to be offered by John Hancock Insurance via a partnership with The Vitality Group, a US subsidiary of South Africa’s Discovery Health, which has been...
April 2, 2015
Google Ventures, the early-stage investment arm of Google, has invested about 30 percent of its fund into health startups, according to Krishna Yeshwant, one of its general partners. The fund receives $300 million a year from its parent company. Yeshwant, who is also a practicing physician, discussed Google Ventures' digital health investments at the HxRefactored 2015 event in Boston this week....