March 12, 2013
Since late last year it has been something of an open secret in some digital health circles that Newton, Massachusetts-based sleep monitoring and coaching company Zeo was winding down its operations and searching for a buyer. At least one investor was making veiled references to the company running out of money during various question-and-answer periods at the mHealth Summit in Washington DC last...
March 5, 2013
San Francisco-based Fitbit, which offers activity monitors and a connected weight scale, has raised an additional $30 million in its fourth round of funding at a valuation of $300 million or more, according to a report over at TechCrunch. While the investors announced for its $12 million third round of funding in January 2012 included Foundry Group, True Ventures, SoftTech VC and Felicis Ventures...
February 13, 2013
Activity tracking device maker Fitbit has announced a major upgrade this week, its devices now wirelessly sync to Android devices using Bluetooth 4.0. At launch, syncing will be enabled for the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Samsung Galaxy Note II, with more promised to come.
Just like they do now with iOS devices (and the Microsoft Surface tablet), the Fitbit One, Fitbit Zip, and the forthcoming...
February 13, 2013
It seems counterintuitive for those who proudly wear the "hacker" label to seek ways to work with established industry players rather than being disruptive in a healthcare sector badly in need of radical change, but that was what happened at Health and Wellness Innovation 2013, the recently concluded 11-day event better known as MIT Media Lab's Health and Wellness Hackathon.
The hackathon brought...
February 7, 2013
In November 2012, Mayo Clinic completed its pilot of an in-hospital, patient-facing iPad app for helping patients and their families through cardiac surgery, according to a report from consumer health engagement consultant Sherri Dorfman. The pilot of 149 cardiac surgery patients aged 52 to 85, which began in February 2012, made headlines in April last year when Mayo Clinic posted a video about...
February 7, 2013
Frog Design Executive Creative Director Fabio Sergio has published a must-read essay on healthcare innovation over at Frog Design's site, arguing not only that developments like Big Data and wearable devices will improve healthcare, but also that they will -- and should -- fundamentally change the healthcare system and the meaning of roles like patient, caregiver, and healthcare professional....
January 21, 2013
Nike announced Friday the opening of a developer portal for the Nike+ API. At the same time, the company announced a partnership with popular calorie-tracking and weight loss app Lose It!
Although Lose It! currently integrates with several other devices, including the Fitbit line of activity trackers and the Withings connected weight scale, Lose It! will be the first third-party app to integrate...
January 10, 2013
While the healthcare-focused break out sessions organized by CES and the Digital Health Summit's speakers managed to steer the event's health conversation away from the shiny new gadgets that dominate the event's massive exhibit hall, CES 2013 is, ultimately, an event about devices. And -- as has been the case for the past two years -- health devices of various kinds found their way into the...
January 7, 2013
At the CES event in Las Vegas this week, Fitbit unveiled a new Bluetooth Smart-enabled, wrist-worn activity tracker, called Fitbit Flex. Like most of Fitbit's other trackers, the Flex also promises to help users track their sleep health if worn at night. All of Fitbit's previous activity trackers were intended to be worn clipped on to clothing or tucked into users' pockets. The Flex, which is...
December 17, 2012
Earlier this month, when Google updated one of its premiere Android applications, it quietly added a personal activity tracker.
Google Now is an Android-only app that uses Google services to smartly deliver users various kinds of information to help them throughout their day - without them having to ask. When Google updated the application at the beginning of December, they didn't mention the...