HealthKit

By Aditi Pai 11:26 am April 14, 2015
Apple announced that ResearchKit, its open source platform that helps researchers build medical apps and recruit patients for smartphone-based clinical studies, is now open researchers and developers. After going live in early March, the first five ResearchKit-enabled apps have recruited over 60,000 participants collectively, Apple said. One of the first five apps offered, called Share the...
By Aditi Pai 10:43 am 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...
By Aditi Pai 08:47 am March 12, 2015
Apple has stopped selling a number of fitness tracking devices in its stores recently, including Withings Pulse O2 Activity Tracker, and, as Re/Code reported this morning, Jawbone Up24, Nike FuelBand SE, and Mio's wristworn heart rate tracker. Apple pulled the devices just about a month before it plans to launch its own activity tracker, the Apple Watch. Apple also no longer carries Misfit's...
By Jonah Comstock 09:48 am February 12, 2015
Ochsner Health System in New Orleans made headlines last summer when it launched the O Bar, the first "Genius Bar-type" in-person center for learning about health and wellness apps. Now a report from WWL, a local CBS news outlet, says the hospital has a roster of two to three hundred apps it's recommending. The apps run the gamut from food and nutrition tracking, to fitness and activity, to apps...
By Jonah Comstock 09:05 am February 4, 2015
Apple and IBM's "Retention" app for insurers. Although the IBM-Apple partnership for enterprise mobility has yet to make a healthcare-focused app public, one is coming up in the first quarter of 2015, and the two companies are still planning to make healthcare a focus of their sales pitch, according to a job posting that went up recently, first spotted by 9to5Mac. Apple is hiring a handful of ...
By Aditi Pai 07:46 am January 28, 2015
The Apple Watch will ship in April, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook who discussed the watch on the company's first quarter earnings call. "Development for Apple Watch is right on schedule and we expect to begin shipping in April," Cook said. "Developers are hard at work on apps, notifications, and information summaries that we call Glances, all designed specifically for the Watch's user interface...
By Aditi Pai 09:18 am 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...
By Aditi Pai 06:31 am 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...
By Aditi Pai 10:53 am December 16, 2014
Since 2010 Boston-based video visits company American Well has raised $81 million in a mix of equity, options, and securities, according to an SEC filing. According to the filing, the investment closes out a round of funding that included tranches in 2010 ($25 million from equity) and 2012 ($12 million more from equity). So the most recent funding apparently totaled $44 million (and included...
By Aditi Pai 06:14 am December 3, 2014
New York City-based Kinsa Health has announced that its FDA-cleared smartphone-connected thermometer is now available at CVS and Apple Stores across the US as well as online at Amazon, Apple.com, and Kinsa's website. Kinsa's thermometer, which was cleared in January, connects to a smartphone via the headphone jack. The thermometer can be used orally, under-arm, or rectally. Data from the device...