Fitbit

By Jonah Comstock June 11, 2018
Fitbit has officially launched the Fitbit Ace, the company's first activity tracker designed for children, specifically kids ages 8 and older. The band was first announced in March. "As childhood obesity rates continue to rise, it’s more important than ever to empower the entire family to embrace a healthy and more active lifestyle,” Fitbit CEO James Park said at the time. “It can be hard to...

Dr. Daniel Karlin, Greg Plante, Dr. Stephen Wicks, Dr. Zachary Beattie, and Dr. Mahesh Fuldeore

By Jonah Comstock June 8, 2018
Pharma companies are increasingly embracing the use of wearables and other connected devices to streamline and improve data collection in clinical trials. But for all the advantages these devices might have, there also challenges — especially when it comes to data standardization. This week at BIO 2018, Dr. Daniel Karlin, Pfizer’s head of clinical, informatics, regulatory strategy, digital...
By Dave Muoio June 7, 2018
Deep breaths. Henry Schein Medical announced today the launch of its EasyOne Air Spirometer, a device designed to measure lung function and improve diagnosis of COPD. Connected via Bluetooth, the spirometer includes a touch screen interface, EHR connectivity, and proprietary technology to improve device calibration and accuracy. "We are excited to work with ndd [the device’s designer] to provide...
By Dave Muoio June 4, 2018
Consumer-grade wearables may not have the same precision as their medical-grade counterparts, but they certainly seem to by favored by patients. In a newly published study investigating adherence to continuous tracking device use, researchers observed a high rates of adherence and very low attrition among a group of mid-risk cardiovascular patients instructed to wear Fitbit devices. These rates...
By Jonah Comstock May 23, 2018
Amsterdam-based fitness app company Virtuagym has raised $7 million (6 million euros) in its second round of funding. European tech investor Endeit Capital led the round.  "Technology is gaining momentum in the health and fitness industry," Hugo Braam, CEO of Virtuagym, said in a statement. "As a front-runner in the space we've been promoting technology for over a decade now, and it's great to...
By Laura Lovett May 7, 2018
Fitbit has announced a slew of new digital health apps and clock faces that were born out of partnerships with major players such as Dexcom, Humana, and Walgreens. The apps, which were built on Fitbit’s software development kit, are aimed at helping people manage chronic conditions and improving overall health.  “Smartwatches provide a powerful platform to deliver important health tools that help...
By Laura Lovett May 3, 2018
Despite the expected declining sales numbers, Fitbit affirmed its focus on digital health, during its Q1 earnings call. In particular the company is now looking to its latest Google collaboration, where the two companies will work on refining EHRs to give clinicians a more comprehensive look into patient data, to speed up innovation in the digital health space.  “First, Fitbit and Google are...
By Dave Muoio April 30, 2018
Fitbit and Google have entered a partnership focused on better leveraging wearables and cloud-based technologies for digital health, the companies announced this morning. The effort will be largely focused on refining EHRs to give medical practitioners a comprehensive look into a patient’s health during treatment, according to a statement from Fitbit. “Over the past decade, we have built an...
By Laura Lovett April 20, 2018
Forty mph winds pelted cold rain against the runners as they approached the Boston Marathon’s infamous Heartbreak Hill. It was just before this mark that runner Courtney Duckworth’s eyesight started to blur. She couldn’t tell if her senses were warped from the terrible weather conditions or if it was something more serious. Living with Type 1 diabetes, she is used to keeping track of her health...
By Dave Muoio April 10, 2018
With discussions on consumer data privacy again reaching a head amongst the lay press and lawmakers, it isn’t too far a stretch to wonder whether the data collected continuously through health and fitness wearables is receiving appropriate scrutiny. During a wearables-focused panel discussion held yesterday at PULSE: The Atlantic Summit on Health Care in Boston, top names from Fitbit, Empatica,...