July 15, 2014
The corporate wellness market is an increasingly big opportunity for activity trackers like Fitbit, but data is just now starting to come in about how much those programs really help corporations. According to a recent story in Citeworld, however, one company, San Francisco-based Appirio, has saved $280,000 in annual insurance payments by implementing a wellness program using Fitbits....
July 9, 2014
Washington, DC-based modus health, a spin-off of a prosthesis company called Orthocare Innovations, has launched with the goal of creating a wearable activity tracker for clinical use. The technology is building on a research device called StepWatch that Orthocare has been using for some time.
"It’s sort of a wearable [that was created] before wearables were cool and it is a validated wearable...
May 15, 2014
Fitness tracker company Jawbone has taken a new step to enhance their tracking data. The company recently partnered with Automatic, a smart driving tool that connects to a car's computer through a small device, called the Link, and tracks driving stats for abrupt breaking, speeding, and rapid acceleration.
Users who have Automatic, which costs $99.95, as well as a Jawbone UP fitness tracker, can...
March 6, 2014
Jawbone, maker of the Jawbone UP activity tracker, launched an app today with a different take on sleep tracking. The app, UP Coffee, helps users regulate their caffeine intake and understand how caffeine affects their sleep. While the app is open for anyone to download, not just owners of a Jawbone UP wristband, if the user owns the UP or UP24, he or she can also sync UP Coffee with that device...
March 3, 2014
AvMed, a Florida insurer, is offering an activity-tracker based fitness and wellness program for members for Medicare Advantage members. The program, called Walkadoo, is offered through Healthways subsidiary MeYou Health, and will serve as an expansion to Healthways and AvMeds' existing fitness program for older adults, Silver Sneakers. However, Walkadoo will also add the Fitlinxx Pebble activity...
February 21, 2014
Fitbit has announced a voluntary recall of the Fitbit Force after a number of users complained of somewhat mysterious bouts of skin irritation, usually occurring a number of weeks after they began wearing the tracker.
"Recently, some Force users have reported skin irritation," Fitbit CEO James Park said in an open letter to customers. "While only 1.7 percent of Force users have reported any type...
February 10, 2014
A British company, Camntech, has received FDA clearance for a motion-tracking wristband and a wristworn electronic diary, likely for use in clinical trials.
The devices are called the MotionWatch 8 and PRO-Diary. According to the filing, the devices "are intended for the acquisition and analysis of the physical activity of the body during daily living and sleep." The devices upload data to a PC...
February 10, 2014
For the past several weeks, mostly thanks to dogged reporting from the team over at 9to5Mac, we have learned that Apple has been on a hiring spree of digital health engineers and scientists, assumedly for its rumored wristworn device, commonly referred to as the iWatch. That publication also first reported the rumor that Apple was developing an app called Healthbook, which would help iPhone and...
January 17, 2014
This is the very first MobiHealthNews In-depth -- our weekly series of longer form journalism focused on industry trends, pressing issues, and important events. This week we rounded up some digital health-related takeaways from the massive International CES 2014 event that recently took place in Las Vegas. The event's original name, the Consumer Electronics Show, points to its core focus, but the...
January 15, 2014
In 2013, Fitbits, Jawbone UPs, and Nike FuelBands accounted for 97 percent of all smartphone-enabled activity trackers sold at brick-and-mortar stores or through big ecommerce sites, according to NPD Group, which tracks the digital fitness device market at the point of sale. For the 52-week period beginning in early January 2013 and ending in early January 2014, Fitbit's devices accounted for 68...