Fitbit

By Dave Muoio January 18, 2018
Fitbit Coach, the company’s connected personal training app, has come to Microsoft’s Xbox One videogame console and other Windows 10 PCs, Fitbit announced in a recent blog post. The service — which costs $39.99 annually — allows customers to follow guided audio and video workouts in their home with additional features provided by their Fitbit wearables. Fitbit Coach is a rebranded version of the...
By Dave Muoio January 15, 2018
Smartwatches, size extra-small. Fitbit may be looking into a version of its wearable device designed specifically for children, according to a rumor report from Bloomberg. Such a line of products has been the subject of internal discussion for the last several months, anonymous sources said, although there was no information on just what kid-friendly features might be included in the devices....
By Jonah Comstock January 12, 2018
UnitedHealthcare and Dexcom announced today at CES in Las Vegas that they will collaborate on a pilot program to provide Dexcom CGMs to UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plan participants. “With more than 27 million people nationwide living with Type 2 diabetes there is urgent need to address this epidemic in new ways,” Brian Thompson, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Medicare and retirement, said in a...
By Laura Lovett January 8, 2018
Fitbit has recently invested $6 million in San Fransisco-based Sano, a company developing a mobile app and sensor that will allow users to continuously monitor blood glucose levels, multiple publications have confirmed.  "This fits into our strategy of looking beyond the device and thinking more about (health) solutions,” Fitbit CEO James Park told CNBC. "I think the complete solution comes in...
By Laura Lovett December 21, 2017
A small study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research found that passive sensor data collected from smartphones and Fitbits could be linked to the severity of symptoms cancer patients experienced during their chemotherapy treatment.  "We found that on days when the patients reported worse-than-average symptoms, they tended to spend more time being sedentary, moved the phone more...
By Dave Muoio December 12, 2017
International real estate franchise Keller Williams announced today that it will be incorporating Fitbit wearables into its employee national US wellness program. This will allow more than 157,000 of Keller Williams’ employees to purchase the devices at a special pricing and participate in organized fitness challenges. “The integration of Fitbit to our wellness program will allow our associates...
By Jonah Comstock December 12, 2017
AliveCor granted patent. Consumer ECG company AliveCor was granted a patent relevant to its KardiaBand and SmartRhythm system, which launched last week. Specifically, the patent is for using data from a wearable device to detect unusual heart rates and trigger an EKG, like SmartRhythm does to detect heart arrhythmias. Notably, the patent would also describe the work being done by Apple in its...
By Laura Lovett December 7, 2017
Using Fitbits to track patients’ activity after cancer surgery could be key to predicting readmission rates, according to new study published in Annals of Behavioral Medicine. Researchers found that patients who were more active during inpatient recovery had a lower risk of 30-day and 60-day readmission after surgery for metastatic peritoneal cancer.  “These associations persisted after...
By Jonah Comstock December 5, 2017
When Fitbit announced, after months of hints and rumors, that it was launching a smartwatch, it seemed likely that the answer to one big question would determine whether the health and fitness company could succeed: Could Fitbit build an app store to compete with the Apple Watch's? Now, the app store in question, Fitbit's App Gallery, is finally starting to take shape. Fitbit announced today that...
By Dave Muoio November 7, 2017
Fitbit devices will be the first wearables used in the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program, an ambitious longitudinal study ultimately aiming to collect the baseline characteristics of 1 million or more Americans. The wearable manufacturer announced that The Participant Center — a unit led by the Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI) tasked with enrolling diverse...