May 22, 2020
Fitbit has launched an in-app study the company says could help develop an algorithm for detecting potential COVID-19 cases prior to symptom onset.
Device owners over the age of 21 who live in the U.S. or Canada who either had a confirmed case of COVID-19 or recently experienced symptoms consistent with the disease are invited to take part in what the company has dubbed the Fitbit COVID-19 study...
May 15, 2020
About a week after Fitbit released its disappointing Q1 financials, its CEO James Park announced to CNBC that the company is looking to the ventilator space, in a temporary effort to address the coronavirus pandemic.
The news, which was confirmed by sources at Fitbit, means major changes are in the works for the wearable company. Park told CNBC that the company will be submitting its new...
May 8, 2020
This quarter Dexcom raked in $405 million in revenue, compared to $280.5 million in 2019’s Q1. This represents a 44% increase year over year (YoY), and beats the company's revenue goal by $46.7 million. Dexcom attributes its success to its growing user rate.
The gross profits from Q1 were $258.7 million. However, operating expenses have increased, coming in at $215.4 million in 2020 Q1, versus $...
May 6, 2020
Fitbit announced this morning the launch of a new atrial fibrillation research study aiming to enroll hundreds of thousands of fitness-tracker and smartwatch owners.
Called the Fitbit Heart Study, it will passively and continuously monitor wearers' heart rates using the devices' photoplethysmography (PPG) sensors. A proprietary algorithm will interpret these readings and flag potential...
April 29, 2020
When it comes to the healthcare industry, women are still underrepresented in leadership positions. Although 65% of healthcare workers are female and 80% of healthcare decisions are made by women, they make up only about 30% of healthcare leadership, according to an Oliver Wyman report.
However, during the HIMSS20 Digital webinar "Women in Healthcare and Tech: Closing the Gap to Strategic" Amy...
April 16, 2020
Attacking misinformation head on. Big tech's war against online misinformation is raging hotter than ever with COVID-19. The latest update: Facebook will begin directly contacting users who liked, reacted or commented on "harmful misinformation" about the virus that was later removed by the social network. Facebook wrote this morning that the messages are set to deploy within the coming weeks,...
April 13, 2020
This morning Fitbit became the latest tech giant to unveil a new coronavirus feature. Users of the Fitbit app will now be able to use the new feature to connect with a doctor virtually and access information on exercising indoors.
The new feature, which is live today, will be a new tab at the bottom of the app labelled COVID-19, and include the latest updates from the World Health Organization...
March 31, 2020
Fitbit has announced the latest member of its fitness tracker lineup, the Fitbit Charge 4, alongside new fitness-minded features and new content for Fitbit Premium.
The new device's standout feature is onboard GPS to enable features like an exercise heat map, which helps users review where in a running or biking route they were working the hardest.
It returns with the Sp02 sensor of its...
March 27, 2020
Two medical research organizations have kicked off new efforts this week that seek to use consumer-health wearables to identify or event predict the onset of disease.
The first is the DETECT (Digital Engagement & Tracking for Early Control & Treatment) Study, headed by the Scripps Research Translational Institute. It combines heart-rate, activity and sleep data collected through a range...
March 3, 2020
Fitbit and Belgium-based FibriCheck have extended their partnership to bring the latter’s atrial fibrillation detection app to four new countries in the EU: France, Germany, Italy and Spain. It was previously made available to Fitbit smartwatch users in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands and Belgium back in September 2019.
“For more than a decade, Fitbit has helped millions of people around the...