January 20, 2014
Welltok, the Denver-based creator of an online and mobile "social health management" platform, has introduced a partnership program to link technology with disease management and wellness programs.
The idea is to make it easier for population health managers from payers, health systems and accountable care organizations to provide services and actionable steps for program members.
"We're able to...
January 17, 2014
This is the very first MobiHealthNews In-depth -- our weekly series of longer form journalism focused on industry trends, pressing issues, and important events. This week we rounded up some digital health-related takeaways from the massive International CES 2014 event that recently took place in Las Vegas. The event's original name, the Consumer Electronics Show, points to its core focus, but the...
January 15, 2014
In 2013, Fitbits, Jawbone UPs, and Nike FuelBands accounted for 97 percent of all smartphone-enabled activity trackers sold at brick-and-mortar stores or through big ecommerce sites, according to NPD Group, which tracks the digital fitness device market at the point of sale. For the 52-week period beginning in early January 2013 and ending in early January 2014, Fitbit's devices accounted for 68...
January 8, 2014
CES Flashback: After coming back from CES and the first Digital Health Summit co-located there four years ago, I wrote: "Perhaps in a few years we might be able to declare CES an event dominated by consumer health news — and those on the sidelines may find this to be a sudden event. The road to mass consumerization of wireless health devices, however, is much more complicated than those for other...
January 7, 2014
Apple has announced that in 2013, the company earned over $10 billion from the App Store, and Apple's developers have earned $15 billion from the App Store. In the release, Apple attributed their success to the "stunning apps that took advantage of the redesigned user interface" and named some "surprise hits" from the year, including one fitness app -- Protogeo's Moves app, which became a paid...
January 6, 2014
Fitness incentivizing app GymPact has rebranded, changing its name to Pact and raised $1.5 million in a round led by Khosla Ventures and PayPal alum Max Levchin. This brings their total funding to $2.5 million.
Until now, Pact has offered users money only for exercising more, just so long as these users pay $5 if they don't make their goals. The money that users must pay for missing their goals...
January 2, 2014
San Francisco, California-based Fitbit has released an update to its app which use Apple's M7 motion coprocessor, according to TechCrunch, so that even those without a Fitbit activity tracker can use the app to get data about their fitness trends.
The new feature is called Motion Track and will track only basic activity, but will rival other app-only trackers such as Moves and Noom. Fitbit also...
December 18, 2013
Maxwell Health, a web- and mobile-based "employee benefits operating system" has raised $6 million, bringing its total first round funding to $8 million. The round was led by existing investor Vaizra Investments, with contributions from new investor Catalyst Ventures and other previous investors Tribeca Venture Partners, Serious Change, Lerer Ventures, and BoxGroup, as well as undisclosed angels...
December 17, 2013
Chicago-based higi, a digital health company that powers health kiosks in thousands of retail locations in the US, acquired New York and Seattle-based challenges and rewards platform Earndit last month. Financial details of the transaction have not been disclosed. Higi is the brainchild of serial entrepreneur Michael Ferro, who is also the owner of the Chicago Sun-Times. The company officially...
December 10, 2013
The Mayo Clinic's recent iPad trial for cardiac surgery patients, which MobiHealthNews first wrote about in February, has received a good deal of attention for using Fitbit activity monitors in a clinical setting. But Dr. David J. Cook, who led the study, says the real innovation of the study is unprecedented levels of patient engagement -- in patients he repeatedly described as "70-year-olds on...