Fitbit

By Jonah Comstock August 30, 2013
The Fitbit as it was used to track cardiac surgery patients. Mayo Clinic has finally published a study, completed last year, on using a Fitbit activity tracker to monitor recovery in cardiac surgery patients. They found that step tracking with the Fitbit was easy and cost-effective to implement, and preliminary data suggests that collecting step data could help hospitals determine the...
By Jonah Comstock August 29, 2013
Audax Health Solutions has announced a $20 million funding raise led by Navigy Holdings, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Florida Blue Cross Blue Shield. Additional contributors to the round include former Aetna CEO and current Audax board member Jack Rowe and Dan Rose, VP of Partnerships at Facebook. This round is the company's first publicly-announced equity raise, although the company reports it...
By Jonah Comstock August 15, 2013
When Medtronic acquired Minnesota-based home health company Cardiocom last week, it was easy to get confused. Medtronic, a company whose most famous product is an implantable heart monitor, could just as easily have bought Cardiocomm Solutions (two M's), a company with a mobile ECG monitor as its flagship product. With a boom of young companies and, apparently, only a certain number of health-...
By Brian Dolan August 13, 2013
San Francisco-based Fitbit, which offers various clip-on and wristworn activity tracking devices as well as a connected weight scale, has raised $43 million in its fourth round of funding, from three new investors. A rumor started by TechCrunch back in March claimed that Fitbit had raised just $30 million in its fourth round and at a valuation of $300 million or more. Fitbit's new backers include...
By Aditi Pai August 12, 2013
Wellness tracking platform MyFitnessPal raised $18 million in the first round of funding led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Accel Partners also participated. Kleiner Perkins' John Doerr and Accel Partners' Andrew Braccia also joined MyFitnessPal's board. MyFitnessPal will use the funding to grow its team and expand to more countries. Already, the fitness system is available in some...
By Aditi Pai August 5, 2013
BioBeats, a new company from Basis Science Founder Nadeem Kassam, raised $650,000 in a round of funding. Contributors to this round included Will Smith, producer Scooter Braun, entertainment lawyer Ken Hertz, CEO of AAM Mark Beaven, actor Damon Wayans, Cantora Records, musician Justin Boreta, ENIAC Ventures, Zhen Fund, and angel investor Gotham Chopra. As the adoption of health sensors into daily...
By Jonah Comstock June 26, 2013
Michael Mulvihill, CEO of ORCAS, announced that the company will be launching a new, clinically tested iOS app for depression self-management next month. ORCAS, which originally stood for Oregon Center for Applied Science, was founded in 1989 as a research organization looking into ways people could use technology to improve their own health. The organization has been developing a number of...
By Jonah Comstock June 25, 2013
Keas, the corporate wellness platform founded by Google Health vet Adam Bosworth in 2009, has announced an $8 million investment round, new customers and partners. The round was led by existing partners Atlantic Ventures and Ignition Partners. Keas hasn't raised money since the end of 2011, when it raised $6.5 million. Total funding for the company now stands at $25.5 million. The current...
By Aditi Pai June 17, 2013
It seems like there's a new digital health device announced every day. Last week alone, Melon finished a Kickstarter campaign for a wearable head band to track concentration and potentially sleep, Basis launched a mobile app to accompany its Basis Band and Glooko relaunched its mobile diabetes management device. Still, in an increasingly competitive market, a few digital health devices have...
By Jonah Comstock June 11, 2013
Basis Science, makers of the Basis Band, finally launched their first mobile app, and, notably, it's an Android app. The app currently works on five phones, all from Samsung, but the company promises more to come. The $199 Basis Band launched last November with Bluetooth connectivity built into all devices, but no mobile app at all. That was something of a surprising move for an activity tracker...