February 10, 2021
A call for independent policing of non-HIPAA health data. The Center for Democracy & Technology, a nonprofit organization focused on tech policy and architecture, and the eHealth Initiative & Foundation, a coalition of industry and academic stakeholders, yesterday released a framework proposal calling for self-regulation of consumer data use by health devices and products that don't...
September 15, 2020
Apple announced today at a virtual event that its upcoming Series 6 Apple Watch will include a blood oxygenation sensor, a first for the Apple Watch (but not for the wearable space). As it did with the ECG, Apple is launching a set of partnered research studies using the new capabilities of the Watch. Additionally, WatchOS7 will use existing sensors to measure a lower range of VO2 Max values....
May 16, 2017
Ashkelon, Israel-based Oxitone Medical has received FDA clearance for a wristworn pulse oximeter that doesn't require a finger clip. According to the company, the device – the Oxitone 1000 – can pick up SpO2 and pulse rate with the same accuracy as traditional fingertip pulse oximeters.
The device has a consumer-friendly form factor, but Oxitone is targeting the clinical market. The design of the...
December 21, 2016
Irvine, California-based Masimo Technologies, which makes non-invasive patient monitoring devices and sensors, has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its forehead sensor.
The adhesive TFA-1 Forehead Sensor was developed to allow clinicians to monitor patients using pulse oximetry technology from an alternative site instead of a finger. Forehead sensors are easier to access during surgery and...
June 9, 2016
Jawbone quietly acquired a company last year that could shed some light on the company's rumored clinical wearable, MobiHealthNews has learned. Spectros, a startup founded by current Jawbone Chief Medical Officer David Benaron, was acquired by Jawbone in 2015. The company confirmed the news to MobiHealthNews in an email. Benaron is a serial entrepreneur whose previous company, Insite, was...
April 27, 2015
Mayo Clinic's Apple Watch app for doctors
As the Apple Watch begins to find its way into the hands of consumers, it's also becoming clearer that there's a lot of interest in the health features of the device. On April 24th, the day the Apple Watch began shipping, MobiHealthNews found 264 Apple Watch apps related to health or fitness in the Apple AppStore, including apps from Humana, Cerner,...
December 17, 2012
Masimo, a medical device maker founded in 1989, has released a commercially-available iOS-enabled pulse oximeter called the iSpO2. Pulse oximeters, which have long been a core product of Masimo, measure blood oxygen level and pulse rate by shining light through the fingertip and measuring the absorption of different wavelengths.
The product is not FDA cleared and doesn't have a CE Mark, because...
September 27, 2012
Click to watch the segment from CBS Boston
In July a television company that produces news segments and feeds them to local network news stations across the country came to interview me at MobiHealthNews headquarters in Cambridge, MA. They asked me to demo a few medical devices and companion apps, including a connected blood pressure cuff, a WiFi-enabled weight scale, a skin scan application...