March 4, 2019
The fourth quarter of 2018 was a good one for Fitbit, with CEO James Park sharing news last week of the the device maker’s first year-over-year increase in sold devices since 2016. The company’s latest investor call touched upon many familiar themes, such as the shift from fitness trackers to smartwatches, but also suggests that Fitbit is viewing its health-focused services as an increasingly...
February 7, 2019
iQ Group claims to have saliva-based connected non-invasive glucometer. The iQ Group, an Australian consortium of life sciences companies, is developing a smartphone-connected real-time glucose monitoring test that uses saliva, rather than blood. Glucose levels in bodily fluids like saliva, sweat, and tears can serve as a reasonable proxy for blood glucose, but so far the many attempts at making...
February 5, 2019
A study recently published in JAMA Network Open that employs Fitbit activity trackers found additional recorded steps were directly correlated to shorter hospital stays following an inpatient surgical procedure. Conducted at Cedars-Sinai, the investigation also attributed the monitors with improved accuracy when assessing a patient’s daily step count.
“We’re operationalizing this pop culture tech...
January 21, 2019
Fitbit has discreetly launched a new pair of wearable activity trackers well away from the public eye. Called the Fitbit Inspire and Fitbit Inspire HR, the devices are designed specifically for health plans, wellness plans, health systems and other enterprise partners — so much so that the two are completely unavailable for consumer purchase.
"Fitbit Inspire and Fitbit Inspire HR are the first...
January 16, 2019
The National Institutes of Health made it clear from the start that Fitbit’s wearables would play a key role in the agency’s ambitious All of Us Research Program.
Now, eight months and more than 100,000 enrollees down the road, the agency and the device maker have announced that anyone who owns a Fitbit and has already enrolled in the program may consent to release the activity, heart rate, sleep...
January 9, 2019
Yesterday Humana announced a slew of new resources available through its Go365 wellness and rewards program, notably offering its members the Fitbit Coach, which gives users workout videos and audio coaching services designed to meet them at their fitness level.
Members will also have access to other health apps and programs including DailyBurn, an app with video and audio workouts, MindSciences...
December 17, 2018
With roughly a week to go before thousands of devices are unwrapped under the tree, Fitbit has pushed out a bevy of updates to its smartwatches that make it easier for wearers to quickly grasp their individual health performance.
Specifically, Fitbit OS 3.0 expands the Fitbit Ionic, Fitbit Ionic: adidas edition and Fitbit Versa’s dashboards to include new data on a wearer’s sleep, exercise and...
November 5, 2018
Digital health-focused news involving payers during the third quarter of 2018 comprised a number of different focus areas, ranging from chronic condition management strategies to member engagement to high-profile deals. Read below for MobiHealthNews’ coverage of this sector through July, August and September.
Diabetes management and prevention
A handful of payer news during this period...
November 5, 2018
Fitbit’s push into the smartwatch and health space appears to have been a wise one, as the company announced during its earnings call that revenue has matched and in some cases surpassed expectations in the third quarter of 2018.
The wearable maker reported 3.5 million devices sold and $394 million in revenue during the quarter, sales that the company noted came not only from fitness trackers but...
Fitbit Medical Director John Moore. Photo by Christopher Huang.
October 19, 2018
Part of the value — and fun — of conferences like Connected Health Conference is seeing all the newest technologies debuting in the space, but sometimes tech evangelists need to be reminded of the limits of technology. That’s what speakers from both Fitbit and Johnson & Johnson shared this morning at the show.
“When I started in this space, there was a tremendous amount of excitement about...