March 17, 2015
OptimizeMe, the Zurich, Switzerland-based life logging app that interprets wellness data users collect through apps and devices, will soon launch its second version under a new name, following an "amicable legal dispute resolution" with UnitedHealth Group.
OptimizeMe shares a very similar name with United's employee wellness app OptumizeMe, and United holds the trademark on the name. Under the...
February 11, 2015
Activity tracking apps on smartphones are more accurate than fitness tracking wearables when it comes to step counts, according to a small study conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania. Interestingly, the study found that clip-on pedometers were the most accurate.
“Since step counts are such an important part of how these devices and apps measure physical activity, including...
November 12, 2014
There's been a lot of talk lately about integrating activity data collected by devices like the Fitbit or the Misfit Shine into the clinical workflow, but there haven't been too many concrete examples yet. Now diabetes management technology company Glooko, which made its name with a universal cord and app for connecting glucometers to smartphones, is changing that. The company introduced a...
September 23, 2014
Employee wellness curation platform Jiff raised $18 million in a round led by Venrock with participation from existing investors Aberdare Ventures and Aeris Capital. Jiff has raised $25.8 million to date.
Jiff originally launched with a provider-to-patient education platform, called JiffPad, the company pivoted in June 2013 and now offers a service called The Health Outcomes Marketplace. The...
June 5, 2014
As we head into the halfway point of 2014, it's already clear that the trend of mobile and digital health acquisitions is up. Just five months into the year, MobiHealthNews has tracked 16 mergers, acquisitions, asset buys and majority stake acquisitions -- just one less transaction than we tracked during the whole of 2013.
While many of the buys were medical software acquisitions of various kinds...
May 6, 2014
The overhaul to the app's privacy terms is significant, with the previously 700-word document nearly doubling in length (it now comes in at 1,275 words). Some of that is just the reality...
April 24, 2014
Social networking giant Facebook has acquired Finland-based fitness app maker Protogeo for an undisclosed sum, according to a blog post from ProtoGeo.
The company's high-profile app, called Moves, passively tracks a user's daily activity using the phone's built-in accelerometer in order to provide all-day tracking without killing the phone’s battery. To keep track of where the user goes, Moves...
April 17, 2014
RunKeeper launched a new iPhone 5 app this morning called Breeze, aimed not just at runners but at walkers and casual exercisers. The app uses the phone's M7 motion coprocessor to track the user's movements all day, similar to ProtoGeo's Moves app or Azumio's Argus app.
"Breeze gives you simple insights into your daily activity and motivates you to make fitness a bigger part of your life," the...
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...
January 17, 2014
Zurich, Switzerland-based OptimizeMe, a life logging app that wants to interpret the wellness data that users are collecting through apps and devices, is launching this week.
While OptimizeMe allows users to manually enter data into its app, it also integrates with Moves and uses the Foursquare database of locations to record where users are going and what kind of activity they are doing. From...