June 3, 2015
Medtronic's Guardian Mobile CGM app, yet to be released in the US.
Despite speculations to the contrary from analysts last year, it looks like Medtronic will continue to acquire early-stage health companies even after its Covidien acquisition. On a fourth quarter earnings call, Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak told analysts that the company would use new cash from the Covidien deal to invest in early...
April 28, 2015
Castlight's Mark Sarbiewski
Castlight Health, a healthcare transparency company, announced that it had appointed Mark Sarbiewski as its new chief marketing officer. Sarbiewski joins the company from San Francisco-based Anaplan, a cloud-based planning platform for finance, sales, and operations, where he was the company's first chief marketing officer.
Fitbit has hired Jonah Becker as its new...
March 17, 2015
Diabetes management platform Glooko has raised $16.5 million in a round led by Canaan Partners. The round also included a strategic investment from Medtronic as well as funding from additional investors The Social+Capital Partnership and Samsung.
Glooko began by making a cord that connected various glucometers to a user's smartphone. Over time, the company has moved from a connector chord to a...
November 12, 2014
There's been a lot of talk lately about integrating activity data collected by devices like the Fitbit or the Misfit Shine into the clinical workflow, but there haven't been too many concrete examples yet. Now diabetes management technology company Glooko, which made its name with a universal cord and app for connecting glucometers to smartphones, is changing that. The company introduced a...
October 2, 2014
Glooko, which makes a cable that syncs popular glucose meters to a companion app on smartphones, has always said it plans eventually to replace that cable with a wireless Bluetooth connection. Today, the company announced that they've finally released that product, the Bluetooth MeterSync Blue. The small box will plug into a patient's glucose meter and send the information wireless, via Bluetooth...
August 20, 2014
New York City-based medical device maker Philosys received FDA 510(k) clearance this week for its smartphone-connected glucose meter, Gmate Smart.
To use the Gmate Smart glucometer, users launch the device's connected app, plug in their Gmate glucometer through the audio jack, insert a test strip into the glucometer, add a blood sample, and view results on the app. Gmate Smart's app is only...
June 24, 2014
On Friday the FDA issued a draft guidance document that revealed the agency intends to further deregulate medical device data systems (MDDS) and some medical image transfer systems. The FDA wrote that these types of devices are so low risk that they won't be regulating them at all.
Examples of health software platforms that have class 1 medical device clearance as an MDDS includes Validic's...
June 2, 2014
At the American Diabetes Association meeting next month, diabetes management software company Glooko and the Joslin Diabetes Center will launch HypoMap, a new patient-facing platform to help increase patients' awareness of hypoglycemic events.
Hypoglycemic events are low blood sugar events associated with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Warning signs like sweatiness, shakiness, and weakness are...
March 5, 2014
Last week South Korea's health regulatory agency, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS), announced that it would review the latest version of Samsung's Galaxy phone -- the S5 -- to determine whether the device, which includes a built-in heart rate sensor -- should be regulated as a medical device. According to a local media report from Yonhap, the agency defines medical devices in a similar...
February 20, 2014
Glooko has launched a new tool for its clinical partners, including the Scripps Health Whittier Diabetes Institute and the Joslin Diabetes Center. The Glooko Population Health Tracker is being announced next week at HIMSS in Orlando, but clinics and health plans have already begun using it.
Palo Alto, California-based Glooko makes a MeterSync cable that connects Glooko's diabetes management app...