September 24, 2015
Combining health tracking with incentives, rewards, and challenges can contribute to consumers' lowered blood pressure, according to a study that looked at historical data from higi, a health kiosk company. The company examined data for 159,000 people with hypertension over nearly three years, from September 2012 to April 2015.
The data higi collected included activity from higi's health kiosks,...
August 11, 2015
UnitedHealthcare has added new access options to its Health4Me app for Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries in 17 states.
Health4Me, which first launched three years ago for members of employee-sponsored health plans, helps users navigate their health plan. The app offers several features that help users find physicians or pharmacies nearby, check the status of a claim, manage prescriptions, or...
August 11, 2015
Sotera Wireless's ViSi Mobile monitor.
Some 4 million patients globally will remotely monitor their health conditions by 2020, up from 664,000 patients in 2014, according to a new report from IHS Technology.
IHS also broke out estimates for congestive heart failure, diabetes, COPD, and mental health. Just over 324,000 patients monitored congestive heart failure in in 2014 and IHS predicts the...
August 7, 2015
Boston-based fitness tracking company Lemonade Lab has raised $5.8 million in a round led by FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Foxconn Technology Group. This brings the company's total funding to at least $10.3 million.
The investment from Foxconn is strategic -- Foxconn will handle manufacturing for Lemonade Lab's forthcoming health-tracking device.
Lemonade Lab has created a fitness tracking system...
July 22, 2015
In Apple’s second-quarter earnings call with investors, CEO Tim Cook highlighted three hospitals that were using the Apple Watch: Nebraska Medicine, Ochsner Health System, and London-based King’s College Hospital.
Nebraska Medicine, which Cook said is the latest hospital to adopt the Apple Watch, has launched apps that help doctors and patients communicate. The provider’s apps also offer doctors...
June 8, 2015
A new survey of 1,200 consumers with either self- or employer-sponsored health insurance -- sponsored by HealthMine and conducted by Survey Sampling International -- indicates that interest in payer-led mobile health initiatives is still fairly low.
Although 89 percent of respondents use a smartphone, tablet, or both, only 30 percent of those surveyed said they would...
April 29, 2015
Aetna business unit iTriage has released data from a survey of 3,300 of its users -- a sample of individuals who, as iTriage users, have already adopted mobile health tools -- and found that only 48 percent of their iOS users use Apple Health. What's more, 27 percent have never heard of it. Google Fit fairs even worse, with only 40 percent of the iTriage Android users surveyed using it and 27...
April 14, 2015
Sixty million US households will own at least one connected fitness tracker by the end of 2019, according to a report from research firm Parks Associates.
“Standards-based connectivity technologies such as Bluetooth/Bluetooth Smart have been key enablers for wearable mobile device platforms such as fitness trackers and smart watches,” Parks Associates Research Analyst Tejas Mehta...
March 3, 2015
While we have tracked the slow spread of misinformation about the Apple Watch's health tracking capabilities, at least one recent survey indicates one segment of the general public knows what the device can do.
According to the small survey, 82 percent of people know that the Apple Watch has health and fitness tracking features. The survey included responses from 561 consumers with company-...
February 24, 2015
Microsoft has updated its wristworn fitness tracker, called Microsoft Band with new functionality to track cycling and an SDK for Windows and Android phones. The company says iOS integration is coming soon.
Microsoft also launched an online dashboard to track health that it first unveiled in October 2014 when the company launched the Microsoft Band.
The wristworn wearable, a small, plastic, black...