March 28, 2017
Whatever happened to Samsung's Simband? Fast Company has a deep dive today on the story behind Samsung's Simband wearable and SAMI platform, which were announced in a big way back in 2014 but aren't yet available commercially. The article tells the story of how Samsung rushed the program to launch in an effort to pre-empt the Apple Watch, then largely backed off the project once it became clear...
February 20, 2017
Telemedicine provider American Well and Samsung Electronics are collaborating to create a new level of healthcare service in regards to consumer reach, interoperability and accessibility, the two companies announced at HIMSS 17 in Orlando today, but they aren’t yet disclosing what that end user experience will look like.
While both companies were short on specifics, they described the partnership...
January 18, 2017
Samsung news site SamMobile is reporting that a new version of Samsung's S Health app is in the works, and that it will add doctor's visits, telemedicine, and symptom checker features through partnerships with American Well and WebMD.
SamMobile expects the update to launch with the launch of the Galaxy S8 in late February. The site said it's a "deep integration" which will allow users to search...
January 6, 2017
In addition to the many device launches, several digital health companies use CES (formerly known as the Consumer Electronic Show) in Las Vegas as an opportunity to announce updates and major partnerships and collaborations. Read on for the biggest non-launch health news from the show.
Lots of news from Fitbit
Wearable giant Fitbit announced a number of partnerships as well as updates to its app...
October 25, 2016
More than a year after Medtronic released its MiniMed Connect system, which connects an insulin pump and affiliated CGM to a smartphone app, the company has launched an Android version of the MiniMed Connect app.
"For people with diabetes, constantly monitoring blood sugar levels can be cumbersome and anything but discreet," Annette Brüls, president of the diabetes service and solutions business...
September 7, 2016
At CES in January, Samsung showed off a concept for a smart belt called Welt (a portmanteau of wellness and belt). At the beginning of the summer, the company announced that the Welt team had spun off into its own startup. Now Welt has brought its device to crowdfunding website Kickstarter, where it proved an overnight success, raising $64,485 over the long weekend.
Welt comes from Samsung...
August 9, 2016
Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center is now partnering with the Nestle Institute of Health Sciences. By combining Nestle’s nutrition and biomedical science expertise with Samsung ARTIK IoT platform vision and deep semiconductor expertise, the collaboration aims to better understand the “voice” of the body, according to a statement from Samsung. Additionally, the collaboration aims to provide...
June 6, 2016
Southern Hills Hospital in Nevada recently completed a pilot of a technology that used Samsung tablets and a wearable EEG reader to assess patients' pain and to attempt to lessen that pain with distracting content.
The pilot, a collaboration between Samsung, tech company AccendoWave, and Southern Hills, equipped nearly 1,000 ER patients, including adults and children, with Samsung Galaxy tablets...
June 1, 2016
This week Samsung announced that one of the device concepts it showed off at CES this year, a smart belt called Welt is spinning out of the electronics giant to make it a go of it as a startup. The device promises to help the wearer better track their food intake, keep tabs on their activity level, and manage their weight. It also looks just like a regular, black leather belt.
Welt comes from...
May 16, 2016
Wearable tracking device shipments reached 19.7 million units in the first quarter of 2016, up 67 percent year over year from 11.8 million units. Two areas where the market showed continued growth are smart watches and basic wearables, which are devices that don’t run third party applications.
"The good news is that the wearables market continues to mature and expand," IDC Wearables Research...