September 3, 2015
It's been a busy week for wearables and other digital health and fitness devices, with a plethora of announcements from major consumer electronics players. Sony, Samsung, and Huawei have all unveiled their next generation smartwatches or fitness trackers, as has GPS device maker TomTom. Smart thermometer company Kinsa began crowdfunding its second product, and Withings announced a new connected...
September 2, 2015
Israel-based EarlySense has announced its first direct-to-consumer product: a sleep monitoring device called myEarlySense. Samsung will directly market a version of the device called Sleep Sense. The device will be available in South Korea by year-end with other regions to follow, the company told MobiHealthNews. MK News reports a price point around $169.
“Building upon the success of our contact...
September 1, 2015
Diabetes management company Glooko has officially launched the kiosk version of its offering, the latest in a week of kiosk news from companies like HealthSpot and American Well.
The Glooko Office Kiosk is essentially a new form factor for the company's existing web and mobile offering, which allows patients to input data from a variety of different fingerstick and continuous glucometer products...
August 31, 2015
In the second quarter of 2015, Apple shipped 3.6 million units of the Apple Watch globally, just under Fitbit's 4.4 million units, according to a report on wearable devices from the International Data Corporation (IDC).
Fitbit still has the largest market share, 24.3 percent, though its share is 6 percent less than it was in the second quarter of 2014. Meanwhile, Apple, which only began shipping ...
August 19, 2015
WellDoc and Samsung will bring a new version of WellDoc's BlueStar mobile prescription therapy for diabetes to 300 Toronto citizens in partnership with the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN), a Canadian government-funded nonprofit. The new offering, BlueStar-S, will combine features of BlueStar and Samsung S Health.
"Think of Samsung as a critical boost to what BlueStar already delivers," Anand...
July 1, 2015
Smartphone cameras are an acceptable substitute for digital cameras when conducting a medical teleconsultation, according to a researchers at Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet and Stellenbosch University in South Africa.
“Studies have shown that image-based consultation of remote experts is possible in several specialties like dermatology, plastic surgery, or burn care,” the researchers wrote in the...
June 8, 2015
Samsung has partnered with China-based payor Ping An Insurance to create a digital health platform, according to the Korea Herald. Samsung and Ping An will combine the payor's health services with Samsung digital health offerings, including the company's heart rate sensing smartphones and smartwatches, as well as Samsung's S Health app.
Ping An Insurance has insurance, banking, and financial...
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...
June 3, 2015
The wearable device market grew in Q1 for the eighth consecutive year, according to a report from research firm IDC. Approximately 11.4 million wearables were shipped in the first quarter this year, which is a 200 percent increase from the 3.8 million wearables shipped in the first quarter last year.
"Bucking the post-holiday decline normally associated with the first quarter is a strong sign for...
May 14, 2015
Cigna has updated its health coaching app, called Coach by Cigna, which aims to help users improve their health by making healthier lifestyle decisions. Cigna developed the app in partnership with Samsung for Samsung's S5 and S6 smartphones. The app first launched one year ago this month.
Coach by Cigna previously collected health information either manually through the smartphone or via sensors...