wearables

By Dave Muoio 03:36 pm August 21, 2019
Devices and sensors are getting smaller with each passing year, but some are still constrained by the need for bulky batteries or other inconvenient power sources. However, if a new proof-of-concept research projected headed by University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers pans out, the minuscule wearables of tomorrow could receive their juice via the wearer’s skin. “We’re using the human skin...
By Cara Dartnell-Steinberg 05:25 am August 14, 2019
People at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes will receive digital support through a scheme that aims to prevent the condition from developing in England, part of the NHS Long Term Plan released at the beginning of the year. WHAT HAPPENED With the decision to extend this programme, 40,000 places on the Diabetes Prevention Programme (DPP) will be delivered digitally. The first patients to benefit...
By Laura Lovett 01:44 pm August 5, 2019
Fossil’s latest smartwatch is set to integrate Cardiogram, an app that uses deep neural network technology to detect various heart conditions, preinstalled. The Cardiogram platform has been tested to detect sleep apnea, diabetes, hypertension and atrial fibrillation.  Typically, Cardiogram Care is included only in Cardiogram’s premium version, which costs $15 a month. However, the Cardiogram Care...
By Veronika Vartanova 10:42 am August 2, 2019
Veronika Vartanova is a mobility researcher at Iflexion, a software development company based in Denver, Colorado. She writes on the latest trends in mobile app development, AR and VR business integration, and mobile-first digital transformation. Wearables have come a long way from being merely entertaining to bringing in tangible health benefits. Early on, bands with basic functionality were...
By Dave Muoio 10:47 am July 31, 2019
Litmus Health announced yesterday the release of a new version of its device-friendly clinical research platform for the collection and analysis of real-world data. Built with new features to help pharmaceutical companies from the beginning to the end of their drug trials, the platform now adds Actigraph’s medical-grade wearables to its repertoire of supported devices, which previously included...
By Dave Muoio 03:27 pm July 15, 2019
Patients who enrolled in a physical activity trial enjoyed a long-term benefit of fewer cardiovascular events and bone fractures up to four years after the intervention was completed. According to a new review of these patients’ routine primary care records published in PLoS Medicine, the data support further rollout of pedometer-based walking programs among older adults, even if the intervention...
By Artur Olesch 10:38 am May 23, 2019
As a consequence of digitalisation, data acquisition related to different aspects of our daily life has become widely available. Monitoring of heart condition, mood or air quality is no longer the domain of specialised laboratories or hospitals, it can be done anytime, anywhere and by anybody. Self-knowledge and self-perception through numbers replace subjective narration based on frame of mind...
By Dave Muoio 12:03 pm May 21, 2019
Cala Health, a wearable neuromodulation therapy startup focused on chronic diseases, has closed a $50 million Series C financing round. Novartis, Baird Capital, LifeSci Venture Partners, TriVentures and other unnamed backers participated, as did returning investors JJDC, Lux Capital, Lightstone Ventures, Action Potential Venture Capital, dRx Capital and GV. WHAT THEY DO Stanford University...
By Laura Lovett 11:58 am May 20, 2019
A recent study published in JMIR found that the Ava fertility wearable was able to use biomarkers, including skin temperature and heart rate, to help predict women’s fertility windows.  “By monitoring numerous physiological parameters simultaneously, wearable technology uniquely improves upon retrospective methods for fertility awareness and enables the first real-time predictive model of...

A Jawbone activity tracker device.

By Dave Muoio 11:52 am May 14, 2019
Wearable activity tracker maker Jawbone may have met its demise in 2017, but even then CEO Hossain Rahman was laying the groundwork for a pivot into the health services business. It now appears that investors are once again willing to back Rahman digital health ambitions, as a new SEC filing reveals that Jawbone Health — the new company founded from the ashes of Jawbone — has raised $65.4 million...