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By Aditi Pai 12:26 pm 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 10:26 am 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 04:00 am 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 09:45 am 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 07:41 am 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...
By Jonah Comstock 04:00 am June 11, 2013
Mobile health startup Jiff, best known for its JiffPad patient education platform, has announced a partnership with Towers Watson and a pivot from provider-focused patient engagement to business-to-business employee wellness curation, with a service called Health Outcomes Marketplace. Even when Jiff raised $7.5 million in March 2012, it noted in a press release that JiffPad was just one component...
By Aditi Pai 04:30 am June 7, 2013
By Aditi Pai, Jonah Comstock, & Brian Dolan Mobile health has come a long way since the start of 2009 when Apple demonstrated on-stage at its World Wide Developer Conference how blood pressure monitors and blood glucose meters could connect to the iPhone 3G via cables or Bluetooth. MobiHealthNews has tracked health-related wearable devices from their infancy as research projects at university...
By Jonah Comstock 07:48 am June 3, 2013
Integrated health system Kaiser Permanente is launching an open API, called Interchange, that will enable developers to use publicly available information from Kaiser Permanente in their own apps. Initially, Kaiser Permanente will share data about the location, hours of operation and specialty information for the organization's 37 hospitals and more than 600 medical offices. That location data...
By Jonah Comstock 01:43 pm May 30, 2013
Polar, the longtime makers of heartrate-monitoring watches and chest straps, has launched a Bluetooth Smart-enabled, iPhone-connected activity tracker. The Polar Stride Sensor Bluetooth Smart is a small device that clips to the shoe and tracks stride-length, speed, running cadence, and distance. Activity tracker maker Fitbit notably uses Bluetooth Smart in its devices, but while Fitbit is geared...
By Brian Dolan 02:00 am May 2, 2013
According to a recent survey conducted by Parks Associates in March, about 5 percent of households with broadband internet have at least one digital fitness device -- like a Fitbit, Jawbone UP, or BodyMedia FIT Armband. The survey, called Digitally Fit: Healthy Living and Connected Devices, polled about 10,000 broadband-enabled households. The survey found that memory improvement mobile apps or...