January 8, 2014
CES is upon us again. According to the Boston Globe, the Las Vegas consumer electronics show is dedicating 40 percent more floor space to digital health than last year and more than 300 digital health companies are exhibiting. Whether or not those stats are illustrative, digital health is still a more popular topic at CES than it ever has been. And with more and more big companies like Sony and...
October 7, 2013
Humana was the mystery buyer of Boston-based health engagement company Healthrageous, MobiHealthNews has learned. Healthrageous sold its assets to Humana and a number of Healthrageous employees who supported the platform will also be joining the insurance company. MobiHealthNews first reported last week that Healthrageous had shut down and had its assets acquired. The financial details of the...
October 2, 2013
Fitness tracker maker Garmin has launched a closed API for its products, which it is offering exclusively to corporate wellness companies on a case-by-case basis. The company has already been quietly partnering with EveryMove, Redbrick Health, and Humana's Vitality via the API.
"About a year ago, we started to get approached by companies like EveryMove asking for an API for use of Garmin devices...
December 10, 2012
The Nike+ Fuel Band
According to ABI research, nearly 30 million "wireless wearable health devices" were shipped in 2012, a 37 percent growth from 2011. Jonathan Collins, lead analyst on the study, told MobiHealthNews that the report only looked at devices worn on the body (nothing subdermal), with some form of wireless connectivity, and related in some way to monitoring health.
The 30 million...
August 9, 2012
IMS Research seems to pile on to growing number of research reports that point to wearable devices as an important trend in digital health: According to IMS by 2016 the "minimum revenue opportunity" for wearable devices will be $6 billion.
IMS Research notes that the current market for wearable devices is concentrated around a small group of products in the healthcare, medical, fitness, and...
February 22, 2012
In five years the number of wearable wireless health and fitness devices will hit 169.5 million, according to a report from ABI Research. That's up from almost 21 million such devices last year. By 2017 the number of sports and fitness focused wearable wireless devices will still outnumber more health-focused ones, but not by much. ABI expects about 90 million wearable fitness devices to be in...
November 28, 2011
Garmin's app, Garmin Fit
The market for sports and fitness apps will cross $400 million in 2016, according to a new report from ABI Research. The rise of apps for connected wearable fitness devices will be a primary factor in the industry's growth (ABI predicted 80 million such sensors by 2016). ABI predicts that there will be more than 1 billion annual health-related app downloads by the year...
November 3, 2011
Every day dozens of new health-related apps make their way into the AppStore. This week we noticed about a half dozen health apps that we felt were worth highlighting, including the quiet launch of a video consultation app that has made a lot of noise pre-launch (more on that below).
MobiHealthNews continues to track the growing number of apps available to both medical professionals and consumers...
October 25, 2011
The past year has seen the arrival of a number of new fitness gadgets including Jawbone's Up, Wellcore's NewYu, Fitbit's Ultra, and Basis' Band. It's about time that one of the fitness gadget industry's incumbents answered back. This week Garmin did. It made its first move into the world of mobile fitness apps.
Garmin unveiled its first mobile fitness app, Garmin Fit, for iPhone and Android this...
August 3, 2011
"Personal wellness is like the green tech movement," said Jef Holove, recently appointed CEO of Basis, in an interview with MobiHealthNews earlier this summer. "I believe it is one of the most important trends of our time, both on the individual level as well as a societal level."
"Regardless of your stance on it, the current national debate on healthcare has dramatically increased awareness of...