January 14, 2015
Leaked screenshots of Apple's companion app, published by 9to5Mac, offer a glimpse at how the Apple Watch, Apple's soon-to-be-released smartwatch, will handle activity and fitness.
When it was announced in September, Apple CEO Tim Cook explained that the watch will track movement through a built-in accelerometer and heart rate through optical sensors in the back of the device. It will also...
October 1, 2014
Close to 75 percent of adults do not use a fitness device or app to track their weight, diet, or exercise, according to a survey of 979 US adults conducted by research firm TechnologyAdvice.
The survey found that 11 percent of respondents use a wearable fitness tracker, 14.1 percent use an app to track health, 14.5 percent do not track health but plan to start, and 60.4 percent do not track their...
September 17, 2014
About a week ago Fitbit hired a lobbyist firm to represent its interests on the Hill, as the National Journal reported. According to the official lobbyist registration form, Heather Podesta + Partners will help Fitbit "educate lawmakers regarding health and fitness devices". The form also lists two general issues of interest to Fitbit: health care issues and consumer issues around safety and...
August 20, 2014
After MobiHealthNews spotted and reported on the departure of two Aetna executives on the CarePass team, Aetna has confirmed exclusively to MobiHealthNews that it will be phasing out the platform, and that the previously announced employer pilots will not be going forward.
"At this time, we have decided to make no further investments in the CarePass platform," an Aetna spokesperson told...
August 6, 2014
Health insurance provider Humana launched a new health app for users of its wellness rewards program, HumanaVitality. Humana members whose plans include HumanaVitality can use the app to keep track of their health and fitness goals.
In addition to tracking health and fitness metrics, select members can use the app, available on iOS and Android devices, to take health assessments, challenge...
January 27, 2014
MapMyFitness, the fitness app suite recently acquired by Under Armour, and MyFitnessPal, an online and app-based wellness tracking platform, have announced an integration, allowing users to sync data between the two platforms. MapMyFitness said in a statement that the integration was a much-requested feature.
Although it provides exercise tracking through integrations with apps and devices,...
October 18, 2012
Redwood City, California-based startup Striiv, makers of a dedicated portable fitness device of the same name, has launched its first iPhone app, Striiv Smart Pedometer. The free app appears to have much of the same functionality as the company's $99 dedicated device. Striiv partnered with MyFitnessPal for its calorie counting features and large food database.
Striiv's dedicated device encourages...
June 11, 2012
When it comes to providing incentives for people to make healthy lifestyle choices, mobile devices to track diet and exercise can help, but the real motivator might be good old, hard cash.
Researchers from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago gave handheld personal digital assistants to 204 adults at risk of developing multiple chronic diseases due to lifestyle and...