August 7, 2018
The pentagon is clamping down on wearable fitness devices, following a discovery in January that troop’s secret or confidential locations were revealed by a fitness heat map.
The new restriction means that military personal deployed in operational areas will not be allowed to use wearable trackers or smartphone apps, government issued or otherwise, that can identify their location.
July 9, 2018
Prying eyes. Polar now joins Strava in the list of fitness app makers accidentally betraying military information. According to a report from the Dutch publication De Correspondent, an opt-in feature within the app posts users’ routes to an online map can become a gateway to their private information with diligent searching and a simple modification of the browser’s web address. Working with the...
October 30, 2017
Polar opens up API
Fitness wearable maker Polar has launched an open API for developers for the first time, Wareable reports. The API, called Polar Open AccessLink, will allow other apps to access training and activity data from Polar devices, with permission from users. Vitality, TechnoGym, HeaiHeai, and Validic have all announced that they will interface with AccessLink.
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May 25, 2017
Temporary doctor staffing platform wanders west. Nomad Health, which offers an online platform to connect doctors with freelance clinical work, has expanded its footprint into California and Texas. Founded in 2015 (and serving all of the east coast), the company works to offset doctor staffing shortages using a cloud-based virtual marketplace rather than the often time-consuming paper, phone and...
January 6, 2017
While digital health doesn't have as big of a presence at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas as other industries, there were a fair number of wearables, apps and sensor-enabled tools showcased. There were also several partnerships announced, which you can read about here. Some have already been covered in MobiHealthNews yet didn't make their official debuts til this week, but most were...
September 14, 2016
Health insurance startup Oscar Health welcomed Dr. Shaden Marzouk as new chief medical officer to the company. Marzouk joins the company from Cardinal Health, where she served as senior vice president of clinical operations and was responsible for leading acquisition and integration of new businesses in devices, services and analytics. Prior to that, Marzouk was chief of neurosurgery at William...
August 3, 2016
Adam Pellegrini left his post as VP of digital health at Walgreens Boots Alliance to join fitness wearable company Fitbit. Pellegrini will be responsible for leading Fitbit’s vision, strategies and programs to further drive the company’s integration into healthcare systems around the world. Pellegrini has more than 20 years of experience across multiple sectors of the healthcare industry...
November 4, 2015
Fitness device maker Polar recently launched a new wristworn activity tracking device, called Polar Loop Crystal, in partnership with Swarovski.
Loop Crystal offers the same functionalities and software available in Polar's Loop 2 band, which tracks steps, distance, sleep, and inactivity, but the Loop Crystal is embedded with 30 Swarovski crystals. While the Loop 2 costs $119.95, the Loop Crystal...
January 20, 2015
CES 2015 ended earlier this month, and like last year, a significant portion of the show floor was dominated by digital health products. Companies showed off a number of activity trackers, sleep devices, an oral health tracker, connected weight scales, and a few adhesive temperature devices. And also like last year, most of the products MobiHealthNews covered were demos, prototypes, and concepts...
January 27, 2014
Palo Alto, California-based SleepRate has launched a sleep app, based on sleep analysis algorithms and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBTI) protocols, which were licensed from Stanford University's School of Medicine, Psychiatry, and Behavioral Sciences. The system is available for $99.99 in SleepRate's online store or on Amazon.com, although only to those in the United States....