February 26, 2015
Fitbit Surge smartwatch
Five percent of US broadband households use a smart watch that offers health and fitness tracking features, according to research firm Parks Associates.
Parks also found that 8 percent of US broadband households use a digital pedometer or activity tracker.
Parks Associates’ research analyst Tejas Mehta pointed out that unless smartwatch makers can convince consumers...
February 25, 2015
Humana has partnered with Weight Watchers to integrate the weight loss program into various services for members, including its HumanaVitality wellness platform. Humana will make the program available to its members in qualified employer-sponsored health plans.
“We want to help employers find effective ways to battle obesity, improve the overall wellness of their employees and create healthy...
February 23, 2015
Using mobile apps that help clinicians follow evidence-based guidelines when making treatment decisions increases the chances that nurses will identify patients with chronic health issues, including obesity, smoking, and depression, according to a study from Columbia University School of Nursing published in the Journal for Nurse Practitioners.
The study analyzed the rate that registered nurses,...
February 5, 2015
A recently-published 8-week study of diabetes patients, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, showed that only about 20 percent used an app provided by their clinician with any sort of regularity. Of those, only half were active users.
In the small study, a group of Singaporean researchers recruited 84 patients with type 2 diabetes, many of whom were recently diagnosed. They...
January 28, 2015
Aliso Viejo, California-based healthcare provider Crossover Health raised $15 million from Norwest Venture Partners (NVP) to enhance its patient-facing tools, which include an iPhone app, and create a population health analytics offering. Crossover focuses on providing on-site care to large employers.
The company's patient-facing app, called Crossover One, allows patients to communicate with...
January 15, 2015
Smartlink Mobile Systems raised $2.5 million from a single undisclosed strategic corporate investor and various healthcare professional angels, including about a half dozen physicians, the company told MobiHealthNews. The new round of funding will help Smartlink launch its patient engagement app, called Pocket HealthNet, which, among other things, helps physicians take advantage of a new CMS rule...
January 12, 2015
At CES 2015, continuous glucose monitor (CGM) maker Dexcom presented a demo of what Dexcom's CGM readings would look like on the Apple Watch, according to a report from diaTribe.
The app interface will look similar to the Dexcom Share app, the company's FDA-cleared app that syncs with a hub to collect glucose readings. And data sent to the Apple Watch would also be available via Apple's HealthKit...
December 19, 2014
Apple's newest software update, iOS 8.2, will bring back HealthKit's blood glucose tracking feature, according to a report from 9to5mac.
The feature was removed from Health in October because the app only offered one unit of measurement for blood glucose, mg/dL (milligrams per deciliter), even though many countries use another measure, mmol/L (millimoles per liter).
“If you measure your blood...
December 2, 2014
Using a smartphone app to monitor weight loss is effective if the user is willing to self-monitor calories, but for most patients, using a health app won't result in a substantial weight change, according to a UCLA study in the Annals of Internal Medicine of 212 primary care patients.
Researchers asked 105 participants to download the MyFitnessPal app, while the other 107 participants, the...
November 11, 2014
Just in time for the start of open enrollment, a Utah health plan has devised a mobile app solution to the problem of convincing so-called "young invincibles" to sign up for health coverage: a gamified app they hope will educate users about the costs of being uninsured. Arches Health Plan is a 27,000-member co-op health plan funded by provisions in the Affordable Care Act.
"We were on college...