November 10, 2014
The burgeoning conflict between Fitbit and Apple heated up this week, with Apple pulling Fitbit products from its online store, as PhoneArena and SlashGear first spotted. This follows on rumors that the tech giant was pulling Fitbit from the shelves of physical Apple Stores, a move widely believed to be linked to Fitbit's reticence to integrate its app with Apple HealthKit. Other trackers from...
October 29, 2014
Google has released the fitness app for Android devices it announced in June, called Google Fit.
"When it comes to improving our fitness, every little effort counts," Android Director of Product Management Sabrina Ellis said in a blog post. "That’s why we’ve created Google Fit – a fitness app that helps you to start tracking your activity effortlessly and become more active, aware and motivated...
October 9, 2014
Connected healthcare device sales will exceed $3 billion globally by 2019, according to a report from analysis firm Juniper Research.
Juniper explains that the connected healthcare devices it looked at include blood pressure cuffs, oximeters for diabetes, and sleep monitors for sleep apnea.
According to the research firm, this growth can be partially attributed to the result of Apple and Samsung'...
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 30, 2014
This week several companies announced that their apps now integrate with Apple's new Health app, which is preloaded on all new iOS devices and any Apple device that downloads the new iOS 8 operating system.
Apple's HealthKit platform, which feeds health and wellness data from third party devices and apps into its consumer-facing app, called Health, had an initial rocky launch last week when the...
September 19, 2014
Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) and Rep. Peter Defazio (D-OR) sent a letter to US Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Sylvia Burwell asking her to help make HIPAA regulatory guidance clearer for app developers.
The congressmen wrote the letter a few days after ACT — The App Association and a number of its mobile health company members sent a letter to Marino encouraging him to do so.
August 12, 2014
Palo Alto, California-based health app maker Azumio raised $916,000, according to an SEC filing. This brings the company's total announced funding to $3.4 million.
Existing Azumio investors include Founders Fund, Accel Partners, and Felicis Ventures. Although Azumio declined to comment on the funding, the filing suggest five investors participated in this round.
Azumio has developed 24 apps...
June 5, 2014
A number of digital health apps in the Google Play store send unencrypted information over the internet and use of third party services, according to a graduate thesis from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign student Dongjing He.
Before conducting the study, He formulated three questions. The first was what are the potential "attack surfaces" for Android digital health apps? The second,...
June 4, 2014
Two days after Apple announced a major health tracking partnership with the Mayo Clinic, another big name healthcare provider -- Kaiser Permanente has announced that its flagship app, also called Kaiser Permanente, has now surpassed 1 million downloads.
"We're seeing that members are using the app most often to securely email their doctors and manage appointments," Madhu Nutakki, vice president...
May 15, 2014
After raising its first funding round ever last fall, and making its first acquisition in February, MyFitnessPal, the popular diet and fitness app, is starting to look for new revenue streams.
"Currently we’re ad-supported. The company’s boot-strapped, it’s been around for about nine years and we only raised money last year," said MyFitnessPal VP of Engineering Vijay Raghunathan at HxRefactored...