Fitbit

By Dave Muoio May 14, 2019
Fitbit and UnitedHealthcare are revitalizing their longstanding partnership with an update to the latter’s wellness-focused Motion Walking Program. Participants in the employer-sponsored program may use their Fitbit Charge 3 device to log daily activity and earn rewards, or obtain the device as a buy-up option. In addition, the companies announced that the Fitbit Inspire HR will also be available...
By Laura Lovett May 3, 2019
With a focus on employee health, Fitbit reported a 10% year-over-year increase in revenue this past quarter, coming in at $272 million. This quarterly uptick in revenue is part of an upward trend for the wearable company that was once spiraling in losses.  While smartwatches and trackers remained the bulk of the wearable company’s business, its Health Solutions program, a service catering to...
By Jonah Comstock April 26, 2019
Everyone sleeps. But not everyone sleeps well. And the quality of your sleep can have far-reaching effects on your mental and physical health. Considering all that, it’s no surprise that sleep health has become one of the major focuses of consumer-facing digital health plays — although research has shown that it’s less popular than diet or exercise tracking, and most popular among the “worried...
By Dave Muoio April 8, 2019
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) announced more than 30 organizations collaborating in a newly launched initiative focused on AI in healthcare. Comprised of Google, Fitbit, IBM, Livongo, Samsung, Verizon and others, the effort seeks to develop common terminology and a set of best practices regarding data use with the new technology. “AI will boost our wellness and health care by...
By Dave Muoio March 6, 2019
Fitbit’s busy morning may have been headlined by news of its latest consumer devices, but lately the wearables company has also had plenty to say on its inroads with health plans, clinical researchers and large employers. In fact, the company devoted a substantial portion of its press event yesterday to its ever-growing health services operations and a new deal involving Solera Health’s...
By Dave Muoio March 6, 2019
Fitbit has pulled back the curtain on its latest collection of health and fitness wearables. Chief among these is a scaled back take on the company’s popular Versa smartwatch called the Fitbit Versa Lite. Other new device announcements include a second version of the kid-focused Fitbit Ace, as well as wider consumer availability of the previously revealed Fitbit Inspire and Fitbit Inspire HR. In...
By Dave Muoio 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...
By Jonah Comstock 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...
By Dave Muoio 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...
By Dave Muoio 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...