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...
February 17, 2015
When Apple finally announced the Apple Watch smartwatch last October, many in the healthcare space were a little underwhelmed. The killer health device that a slew of recent hires had led us to expect was nowhere to be seen, with Apple opting instead for a flashy device that doesn't track any more than what available fitness trackers already cover.
The Wall Street Journal published a report that...
February 12, 2015
Sotera Wireless's ViSi Mobile monitor.
The Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI) has received a grant from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to create a program that will use health sensors to improve the health outcomes of Ebola patients. The program is called STAMP2, short for Sensor Technology and Analytics to Monitor, Predict and Protect Ebola Patients.
January 14, 2015
Leaked screenshots of Apple's companion app, published by 9to5Mac, offer a glimpse at how the Apple Watch, Apple's soon-to-be-released smartwatch, will handle activity and fitness.
When it was announced in September, Apple CEO Tim Cook explained that the watch will track movement through a built-in accelerometer and heart rate through optical sensors in the back of the device. It will also...
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...
November 6, 2014
Last month, MobiHealthNews published a roundup of digital health crowdfunding campaigns on Indiegogo and Kickstarter. One campaign that reached its goal early, called Flaredown, aims to help people manage their chronic conditions, while another campaign that was pitching a sensor-embedded pair of shorts has only reached $15,107 of its $99,000 goal with 28 hours left.
Even though a majority of the...
October 16, 2014
A few weeks ago, MobiHealthNews compiled a list of 23 health and wellness apps that connect to Apple’s HealthKit platform, which feeds health and wellness data from third party devices and apps into its consumer-facing app, called Health. Health is preloaded on all iPhones running iOS 8.
And even though, last week, popular activity tracker app Fitbit posted on its customer feedback forum that it...
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 17, 2014
About a week ago Fitbit hired a lobbyist firm to represent its interests on the Hill, as the National Journal reported. According to the official lobbyist registration form, Heather Podesta + Partners will help Fitbit "educate lawmakers regarding health and fitness devices". The form also lists two general issues of interest to Fitbit: health care issues and consumer issues around safety and...