April 15, 2021
A new health equity initiative from Fitbit is aiming to put research tools into the hands of traditionally underrepresented early career researchers to empower investigations into health disparities.
Announced this week, the Health Equity Research Initiative will award up to $500,000 in Fitbit products and services to researchers looking specifically at health inequalities in underserved...
March 24, 2021
Peloton's acquisition spree. Bloomberg reports three smaller acquisitions by connected fitness company Peloton Interactive over the past several months. These include AI voice assistant company Aiqudo in February, as well as fitness smartwatch maker Atlas Wearables and interactive workout mat Otari in the final quarter of last year.
Peloton told the publication that the three deals had closed and...
March 4, 2021
No-cost medications for patients in need. Online prescription discount platform GoodRx has partnered with the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) to kick off a philanthropic program that will support patients in need with free prescriptions and care.
With a target goal of more than $5 million in free medications provided during 2021, the company said that it has kick-...
March 1, 2021
Sports drink vendor Gatorade is the latest to take a run at the connected fitness consumer. The PepsiCo brand launched today a sweat-tracking wearable patch and accompanying fitness monitoring app platform designed to help athletes track their workouts, hydration, salt concentration and other fitness-relevant metrics.
It's a concept that the brand first teased nearly five years ago before...
February 22, 2021
University Health Network (UHN), a research collaborative supported by Toronto-area health organizations, is spinning up its academic study on heart-health monitoring via the Apple Watch.
Conducted in collaboration with the tech giant and first name-dropped last fall, the project looks to determine whether or not blood oxygen, mobility and other types of data collected through the smartwatch's...
February 16, 2021
Editor's note: This article has been updated with original quotes from the heads of Owlet Baby Care and Sandbridge Acquisition.
Owlet Baby Care, the maker of connected infant-monitoring products targeted at consumers, today announced its plans to merge with Sandbridge Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) backed by Sandbridge Capital and PIMCO private funds, and to...
February 10, 2021
Mount Sinai researchers are the latest to share data indicating that consumer wearable devices can help flag new cases of COVID-19 prior to molecular diagnosis.
Accepted for publication in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, the institution's Warrior Watch Study provided Mount Sinai Health System workers with an Apple Watch and a custom study app. The results highlight a significant...
January 28, 2021
23andMe's new COVID-19 resource. Consumer genomics company 23andMe has released a new interactive tool that allows users to see how various health factors could impact the risk of COVID-19 hospitalization. The COVID-19 Severity Calculator pulls data from the company's COVID-19 study, which included 10,000 participants diagnosed with the disease and 750 who were hospitalized.
23andMe warned that...
January 26, 2021
Samsung is moving forward with a steady rollout of blood pressure measurement and ECG monitoring on its consumer smartwatches. After securing regulatory approvals and launching the features in South Korea and the U.S. last year, the tech company announced today that both health monitoring tools will soon be released in an additional 31 countries.
The expansion follows the Samsung Health Monitor...
January 26, 2021
Maker of wearable continuous blood pressure monitor, Aktiia, today launched their 24/7 automated blood pressure monitoring system that gathers data during the day and while the user is asleep.
Aktiia has received its CE mark as a Class lla medical device, meaning that the device has been assessed to meet safety, health and environmental protection requirements in Europe.
The device is also now...