June 25, 2015
The University of California San Francisco has launched a longitudinal study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and other sexual and gender minority (SGM) adults to examine how their sexual orientation affects their health.
The study is called PRIDE and stands for population research in identity and disparities for equality. Researchers will collect data for the study using an...
May 11, 2015
A recent study published in the BMC Medicine medical journal concluded that smartphone apps that offer an insulin dose calculator may actively contribute to incorrect dose recommendations, according to the systematic assessment of 46 insulin dose calculator apps available on iOS and Android in the UK App Store. Apps data was collected in August 2013.
Researchers explained in the abstract that...
April 6, 2015
Existing UnitedHealthCare tool
At the HxRefactored event in Boston last week, UnitedHealth Group Vice President of Innovation and R&D Kunjorn Chambundabongse discussed the strategy behind the payor's internal incubation group and revealed one of the group's newest projects, a vending machine that will sync up with employee wellness plans.
Chambundabongse said that, according to IDC, one...
April 1, 2015
New York-based wellness app maker Noom has raised another $1.1 million to complete a $16.1 million round led by InterVest, a Korea-based venture capital firm, with participation from LB Investment, Hanmi IT (a subsidiary of Hanmi Pharmaceutical), RRE Ventures, TransLink Capital, and Qualcomm Ventures.
The first $15 million of the round was noticed in an SEC filing posted in early January. This...
March 31, 2015
Apple's newest offering, the Apple Watch, is set to launch April 24th. When the watch launches in a few weeks, Apple will launch a new section in its app store specifically for Apple Watch apps.
The Apple Watch, which was announced September 2014, will track movement through a built-in accelerometer and heart rate through optical sensors in the back of the device. It will extrapolate further data...
March 25, 2015
The global revenues for smartphone-connected fitness tracking devices and equipment will grow from $2 billion in 2014 to $5.4 billion by 2019, according to a report from research firm Parks Associates.
"Our latest data finds adoption of connected health devices increased from 24 percent of US broadband households at the beginning of 2013 to nearly 30 percent by the end of 2014," Harry Wang,...
March 25, 2015
Microsoft has updated the Xbox One console's fitness app, called Xbox Fitness, to sync with Microsoft Health, the cloud-based health integration platform that Microsoft launched with the Microsoft Band.
Xbox Fitness launched with Xbox's newest console, Xbox One, in November 2013. By early January 2014, the company reported that nearly 1.5 million people used the fitness app, which offers users ...
March 18, 2015
HTC, manufacturer of Android and Windows mobile devices, has released an activity tracking app in the Google Play store, called Fun Fit.
The app tracks steps, distance, calories burned, and time spent being active. It creates daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly charts to help users understand their activity history. HTC aims to keep the app fun by providing the user with an avatar and...
March 18, 2015
Some 46 percent of healthcare professionals want to introduce smartphone apps into their practice within the next five years, according to a survey conducted by market research company Research Now of 500 healthcare professionals and 1,000 health app users in the US.
Research Now defined healthcare professional as inclusive of doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals.
While 16 percent of...
February 27, 2015
Fitbit is in discussions to acquire fitness coaching app developer, FitStar, for $25 to $40 million in a mix of cash and stock as early as next week, according to a report from TechCrunch. The report adds that it's possible the deal may not go through.
FitStar has created two apps, FitStar Personal Trainer and FitStar Yoga. The latter launched a few months ago. Both applications are free to...