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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
March 29, 2018
Physicians have touted the benefits of a good night’s sleep for centuries, if not longer, but it hasn’t been until recent years that a provider can see clear data on whether or not their patients have been hitting the sack.
To investigate whether wearable sleep trackers could play a role in patient-provider conversations, researchers from Indiana University’s Regenstrief Institute have launched a...
March 21, 2018
Correction: This article has been updated to accurately reflect that the women health tracking is a feature. It has also been updated to reflect Katherine Binder's accurate title.
Last week Fitbit made a slew of announcements about new product launches that coming in the spring. Among them was a true first for the company: a feature that helps women track their menstrual cycles and symptoms....
March 15, 2018
Fitbit’s latest board member is Matthew Bromberg, COO of mobile and social media videogame company Zynga and former executive at games publisher Electronic Arts. Fitbit will be leveraging Bromberg’s entertainment background as it looks to increase consumer engagement across its devices, according to the company.
“At Fitbit, we are focused on encouraging lasting behavior change that can lead to...
March 15, 2018
Apple has risen to the top of the competitive global wearables market, according to an IDC report that came out at the beginning of this month. Meanwhile the overall growth of the space has slowed as control of the market consolidates among big players.
"Interest in smartwatches continues to grow and Apple is well-positioned to capture demand," Ramone T. Llamas, research director of IDC's...