Medtronic

By Jonah Comstock December 14, 2015
Samsung and Medtronic are once again teaming up, this time to build mobile tools for patients using neuromodulation therapy, a treatment used in a number of chronic conditions including chronic pain, movement disorders, and incontinence. The two companies partnered in June on diabetes around the same time Medtronic received FDA clearance for its MiniMed Connect device that connects Medtronic CGMs...
By Jonah Comstock November 18, 2015
Medtronic has received FDA clearance for a mobile app that allows patients to remotely forward data from their pacemakers with their physicians. The app is paired with a device, the MyCareLink Smart Monitor. The Monitor reads data from the pacemaker and transmits it via Bluetooth to the patient's personal smartphone or tablet. The data, however, remains a black box to the patient who is unable to...
By Jonah Comstock September 29, 2015
Medtronic has launched its MiniMed Connect system, which allows people with diabetes who use both a Medtronic continuous glucose monitor (CGM) and a Medtronic insulin pump to see data from both device on their smartphone, and send it to their caregiver. "It’s part of our plan to become a holistic diabetes management company," Annette Brüls, President of the Diabetes Service and Solutions business...
By Brian Dolan July 7, 2015
HHS appoints Susannah Fox as CTO: Just two weeks after our last hiring roundup, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that it had appointed longtime patient advocate and Pew Research alum Susannah Fox as its new CTO. Fox has also been an early and important voice in the emerging mobile and digital health. Her team's work at Pew helped ground the mobile health discussion with...
By Jonah Comstock June 5, 2015
Medtronic has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its MiniMed Connect device, which allows users of Medtronic's continuous glucose monitor (CGM) and insulin pump to view data from those devices on their smartphone. At the same time, Medtronic announced a partnership with Samsung to optimize the viewing of this CGM and pump data. The MiniMed Connect device is a keychain-sized device that users of...
By Jonah Comstock June 3, 2015
Medtronic's Guardian Mobile CGM app, yet to be released in the US. Despite speculations to the contrary from analysts last year, it looks like Medtronic will continue to acquire early-stage health companies even after its Covidien acquisition. On a fourth quarter earnings call, Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak told analysts that the company would use new cash from the Covidien deal to invest in early...
By Aditi Pai May 4, 2015
Ford's 2011 visualization of heart rate monitoring seats Ford has confirmed that it will no longer continue a multiyear research initiative to embed heart rate sensors in its car seats, according to a report from the Financial Times. The carmaker explained that one reason they decided to halt the initiative on heart rate-sensing seats is that there are cheaper and more precise heart rate ...
By Jonah Comstock April 14, 2015
IBM Watson has taken a giant step deeper into the healthcare industry with the formation of a new business unit called Watson Health and a new cloud offering called the Watson Health Cloud. The move also includes some big name partners -- Apple, Johnson and Johnson, and Medtronic -- and two acquisitions: Cleveland-based Explorys and Dallas-based Phytel. Watson has been involved in healthcare...
By Jonah Comstock March 17, 2015
Diabetes management platform Glooko has raised $16.5 million in a round led by Canaan Partners. The round also included a strategic investment from Medtronic as well as funding from additional investors The Social+Capital Partnership and Samsung. Glooko began by making a cord that connected various glucometers to a user's smartphone. Over time, the company has moved from a connector chord to a...
By Jonah Comstock September 24, 2014
Medtronic has developed a Bluetooth-enabled continuous glucose monitoring system for patients with diabetes, that will connect to an iOS app, Medtronic Global Program Marketing Manager Samantha Katz announced from the stage at Health 2.0 in Santa Clara, California. MobiHealthNews has learned that though the new system is not yet FDA cleared, it will start a "pivotal clinical trial" later this...