June 21, 2017
As we’ve reported regularly for the past several months, Fitbit has made increasingly targeted moves to wedge itself deeper into the healthcare ecosystem. No longer able to rely on the consumer market alone to stay financially healthy, the company has continually upped the ante to prime itself as a digital health company in its own right.
There have been many efforts as of late, including...
December 21, 2016
While tens of millions of people live with snoring or obstructive sleep apnea, the most commonly prescribed treatment – a CPAP mask – has historically low adherence rates. So London-based Snoozeal has developed a device that aims to eliminate the need for the cumbersome masks, tubes and noise associated with CPAP machines that make them so unpopular for users.
Snoozeal’s product, which has a CE...
June 25, 2015
An oral appliance for treating sleep apnea, with an embedded wireless compliance sensor, has received FDA clearance. The device is from Australian company SomnoMed and the tracker is from Braebon Medical Corporation, a company based in Ontario, Canada.
The tracker, called DentiTrac, can be embedded in a number of different oral appliances to track compliance with continuous open airway therapy (...
December 16, 2014
Ambre Health CTO and co-founder Brek Wilkins
One of the biggest complaints about healthcare, one of the biggest pain points that digital technology promises to solve, is that data sits in silos, so that even if a piece of data could help a patient, it might not be in the hands of the doctor who needs to see it.
Ambre Health, a recently formed startup out of Oklahoma State University (OSU),...
October 7, 2014
ResMed, a medical device company focused on sleep apnea, has launched its first consumer product, a $149 device for tracking and improving sleep called S+. The platform includes a non-contact, cellular-enabled device that uses a motion sensor to detect respiration and movement without touching the body, an app, and a cloud-based analytics engine.
"When we looked at the sleep market, what we...
September 5, 2014
I. Scientific evidence mounts for the importance of sleep
Like most areas of digital health innovation, one of the main things driving the trend of sleep medicine innovation is the availability of new technologies. Wearable, connected sensors can measure activity, heart rate, respiration, and even brainwave activity, which together can produce a pretty accurate picture of how someone is sleeping...
August 13, 2014
Severna Park, Maryland-based mobile sleep apnea-focused company Appian Medical has raised $580,000 from angel investors to conduct validation studies and apply for FDA 510(k) clearance for its app.
Appian CEO Michael Thomas told MobiHealthNews they are also starting talks with investors to raise their series A funding round. Thomas was formerly the CEO of asthma monitoring company iSonea.
June 3, 2014
According to a new study, users of Philips Respironics' SleepMapper app were 22 percent more adherent to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy than non-users.
SleepMapper is an app and website platform from Philips for patients with sleep apnea who are already using CPAP therapy, which involves a face mask that blows air into a patient's upper airway while she sleeps. The system,...
March 12, 2013
Since late last year it has been something of an open secret in some digital health circles that Newton, Massachusetts-based sleep monitoring and coaching company Zeo was winding down its operations and searching for a buyer. At least one investor was making veiled references to the company running out of money during various question-and-answer periods at the mHealth Summit in Washington DC last...
March 24, 2010
Boston-area consumer health startup, Zeo, which offers a personal sleep coach device and service, will unveil its first iPhone app, called myZeo iPhone App at MobiHealthNews' wireless health summit, Everywhere Healthcare, which is co-located at CTIA Wireless 2010 here in Las Vegas.
The myZeo iPhone App will go live on the iPhone's AppStore later this year and it will be free for and exclusive to...