September 13, 2012
At this week's iPhone 5 announcement, Apple confirmed something of an open secret among those companies that make health peripherals for iOS devices: The longstanding 30-pin connector dock has been swapped out for a new slimmer, redesigned connector dock that Apple calls Lightning.
Of course, an increasing variety of medical devices have received FDA clearance over the past few years to connect...
July 3, 2012
In recent weeks three of the biggest technology companies have unveiled tablets to take on Apple's iPad. Microsoft showed off Surface, which my colleague Neil Versel noted has some potential for healthcare. Google revealed the Nexus 7 at an event that included what might have been the first technology keynote to feature skydivers giving a live demo of a new device.
This week Samsung unveiled its...
June 28, 2012
This week Glooko officially launched its MeterSync Cable and its companion Logbook app in Europe, which means iPhone users in European countries can now connect a handful of some of the most popular glucose meters to their phones to automatically upload data to a logbook app on the devices.
"We have also taken a step forward in Europe to provide some analytics for the data, which we can't do in...
May 30, 2012
Glooko, a mobile diabetes management startup, inked a deal with Roche Diabetes Care to extend the Glooko MeterSync to ACCU-CHEK meter users via an infrared data transfer adapter. The Glooko IR Adapter helps iPhone or iPod touch users who would like to more easily download blood glucose readings from their ACCU-CHEK meters to the Glooko Logbook app on their iOS device. The infrared adapter works...
May 29, 2012
Telcare's mobile diabetes management offerings
By Padma Naggapan
Three diabetes device companies, Glooko, AgaMatrix, and Telcare discussed their wares and approaches to the wireless-enabled diabetes management market during at panel at last week's WLSA Convergence event in San Diego.
Glooko is a Silicon Valley startup that enables diabetes patients to collect and view their glucose meter...
April 12, 2012
PositiveID announced this week that its cellular-enabled iGlucose mobile health system, which adds cellular connectivity to a handful of commercially available glucose meters, is now available for pre-order. It expects to commercially launch the device sometime during this quarter. The company also claimed to be in the process of rolling out pilot programs with health insurers and home-healthcare...
February 15, 2012
This week Telcare, makers of an FDA-cleared, cellular-enabled blood glucose meter, launched a free, companion iPhone app, called MyTelcare Diabetes Pal that helps Telcare BGM users to track their glucose readings, medications, nutrition, activities and more. The app automatically receives glucose readings from the TelcareBGM device, which means no more manual logging of blood glucose readings....
January 30, 2012
Glooko, which offers a simple glucose monitoring logbook app and a cable that connects meters to iPhones, recently raised $3.5 million in its first round of funding, which was led by The Social+Capital Partnership, and included return backers Bill Campbell, Vint Cerf, Judy Estrin and Andy Hertzfeld, Venky Harinarayan, Russell Hirsch and Xtreme Labs, according to various reports. The Social+...
November 30, 2011
According to a new report from UK-based Juniper Research, the number of downloads for health-related apps in 2012 will total 44 million by the end of next year. The research firm also predicts that the number of health app downloads will jump to 142 million by 2016. Considering the Apple AppStore only launched about three years ago (mid-2008), a prediction for app downloads five years from now is...
November 23, 2011
In 2009 Johnson & Johnson company Lifescan showed off a blood glucose meter that connected to the third generation of the iPhone on-stage at Apple's World Wide Developer Conference. It was -- and remains -- one of the most high profile demos of a mobile health device. Of course, the most notable thing about that demo was that unlike most everything else you see on-stage at iPhone launch...