October 5, 2011
Fitbit launched its second generation fitness tracking device, called Fitbit Ultra, which features new metrics and wireless features. The company also announced the launch of its first iPhone app. These are the first new product launches since the company debuted its flagship offering back in 2009.
Like the original Fitbit device, the Ultra is a wireless-enabled, fitness and calorie tracking...
September 22, 2011
Next summer there will likely be slightly more than 13,000 health apps intended for use by consumers available for download in Apple's AppStore, according to MobiHealthNews' latest report: Consumer Health Apps for Apple's iPhone. Based on an analysis of 18 months of data from Apple's AppStore, it's also clear the the average price of a paid health app is trending upward. Last February the average...
August 3, 2011
"Personal wellness is like the green tech movement," said Jef Holove, recently appointed CEO of Basis, in an interview with MobiHealthNews earlier this summer. "I believe it is one of the most important trends of our time, both on the individual level as well as a societal level."
"Regardless of your stance on it, the current national debate on healthcare has dramatically increased awareness of...
June 24, 2011
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers made an undisclosed seed investment in mobile fitness app developer WorkSmart Labs, according to a report over at AllThingsD. The investment was made through the firm's iFund, which was established in 2008 with $100 million to make investments in iPhone app developers. In 2010 the fund doubled in size to prep for the then-imminent launch of the iPad....
June 20, 2011
Best Buy Capital, the investment arm of Best Buy, led a $5.5 million second round of investment in mobile health company Valencell. Best Buy was joined by return backers TDF and True Ventures, which participated in the company's $1 million round in November 2009. True Ventures, of course, has also invested in one of the biggest names in connected fitness: FitBit.
Valencell's Healthset powered...
June 7, 2011
Strava Cycling iPhone app
Fitness startups may be becoming a hot commodity for venture capitalists, according to a report in peHUB. In a recent article, the publication profiled venture capitalist Greg Gretsch who brought his hardcore cycling habit into his investment portfolio.
Gretsch who is the managing director of Sigma Partners spent many years avoiding investing in his hobbies, but when he...
October 27, 2010
Insurer optimizes for mobile Web: CIGNA's 11 million customers can now use any Web-enabled mobile phones to get answers (in English and Spanish) about what their health plans cover. Release
Fitness app from CC: Cleveland Clinic releases its Let's Move It! app. Site
TN hospital launches iPhone medical history app: East Tennessee's Children's Hospital just released an iPhone app that includes...
August 25, 2010
Sorry, the iPhone isn't revolutionizing medicine... yet: A Business Insider commentary piece argues that the real future growth will be in physician centered apps for both the iPad and iPhone. The report includes interviews with McKinsey & Co. as well as an academic at Columbia University. Memorable quote: "But for now, the most widely used health apps are 'faddy' wellness apps, according to...
July 22, 2010
I'm a big fan of what the clever folks over at the Institute for the Future are up to with their BodyShock The Future Contest. BodyShock is a call for ideas to improve global health over the next three to 10 years by transforming our bodies and lifestyles. One of the more recent entries for the contest was highlighted on the IFTF's blog recently: Previewing Your Future Self.
"I think there is a...
July 14, 2010
First Lady Michelle Obama's Apps for Healthy Kids competition website just posted 95 apps that aim to encourage kids (or encourage their parents) to make healthier decisions and help curb childhood obesity. The competition, which is part of the First Lady's Let's Move campaign, aims to drive the country closer to achieving Obama's stated goal of eliminating childhood obesity within one generation...