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By Jonah Comstock January 4, 2017
According to Rock Health's new end-of-the-year funding report, total digital health funding was down to $4.2 billion, an 8 percent drop from 2015's total of $4.6 billion. But even though less money was infused into the industry, 8 percent more companies received funding: 296 versus 273 last year, a record number of companies funded. Interestingly, nearly 20 percent of the funding was wrapped up...
By Heather Mack January 3, 2017
UnitedHealthcare’s wellness program Motion will soon offer participants the ability to use Fitbit’s Charge 2 to track activity metrics via a customized integration with Motion’s Frequency, Intensity and Tenacity (F.I.T.) program. Using the device, participants can track progress on their daily goals and earn financial incentives that can be applied towards their healthcare plan. United Healthcare...
By Heather Mack December 29, 2016
Fitbit has dropped one of its several lawsuits against Jawbone. The patent case, which had been on track for trial in the International Trade Commission in March, was attempting to block the importation of existing and still-in-development Jawbone products on the basis that Jawbone had violated its patents. The motion to terminate wasn’t a concession that Jawbone hadn’t violated anything after...
By Heather Mack December 21, 2016
Fitbit has added four new corporate customers to its portfolio: New insurer York Life, mail and message management company Pitney Bowes, software company SAP and Sharp Healthcare, a nonprofit regional healthcare system in San Diego. The company, which has seen success getting into many corporate wellness programs, cites data from ABI Research that suggests programs that incorporate wellness...
By Heather Mack December 14, 2016
Washington, D.C research foundation RTI International has partnered with Validic to leverage consumer wearable and health sensor data for research. Validic – which has a platform that enables personal health information from consumer devices to be securely captured, standardized and delivered – will validate and deliver the patient-recorded data, and RTI will carry out the research from there....
By Heather Mack December 14, 2016
With the ever-increasing amount of patient-generated data from connected medical devices, apps and sensors, it's important that digital health players build the right foundation to create a secure, reliable medical Internet of Things. While the elements are mostly out there, bringing all the components of digital health together is still the next frontier. “When it comes to connected health,...
By Jonah Comstock December 7, 2016
Fitbit confirmed the rumored acquisition of Pebble today, but clarified that it is not acquiring the business in its entirety -- only the software IP and some personnel. Notably, Fitbit won't take on Pebble's debts or it's hardware assets, which the company could still sell in a separate deal, and Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky will not start a job at Fitbit. Instead, according to a report in...
By Heather Mack December 7, 2016
Medical device maker Medtronic has teamed up with Fitbit to integrate physical activity data with blood glucose levels into one streamlined application.  People living with type 2 diabetes who use Medtronic's iPro2 continuous glucose monitoring system and its companion app, iPro2 myLog, will now be able to have their Fitbit data automatically synced to the app, enabling them to easily see the...
By Heather Mack December 7, 2016
Madison, Wisconsin-based Propeller Health, which offers a digitally-guided respiratory therapy platform, has teamed up with Medical International Research (MIR) to offer several of the Italian health technology company’s mobile and clinical spirometers alongside the Propeller system. The addition of sprirometers will give Propeller a more complete vision of the people using their platform, which...
By Jonah Comstock December 5, 2016
It's been a rough couple of weeks for wearables. Yesterday, Lenovo announced it was abandoning its Moto Androidwear line indefinitely, with head of global product development Shakil Barkat saying "wearables do not have broad enough appeal for us to continue to build on it year after year,” according to The Verge. Last week it came out that Pebble, which arguably invented the smartwatch space, is...