wearables

A man wearing a Fitbit Charge 2 device
By Dave Muoio 11:18 am November 2, 2020
Symptom-based COVID-19 screening can be improved by incorporating data collected from wearable sensors into prediction algorithms, an approach that could complement ongoing testing efforts by spotting symptomatic and pre-symptomatic individuals early, according to a research letter recently published in nature medicine. The findings are part of the DETECT (Digital Engagement and Tracking for...
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By Sophie Porter 03:00 am October 7, 2020
Rockley Photonics is a leading integrated optics solutions provider, dedicated to building a unified silicon photonics process. As such, it is an integrated photonics chipset developer and supplier of high-volume sensor and communication products. It specialises in silicon photonics for high-growth markets, including healthcare, wearables and machine vision. Rockley Photonics was recently...
By Dave Muoio 02:34 pm September 28, 2020
A new review of Apple Watch-related presentations suggests that the device's abnormal pulse detection feature may be fueling unnecessary healthcare utilization. "The observation that new clinically actionable cardiovascular diagnoses of interest were diagnosed in only 11.4% of patients following medical evaluation as directed by the treating provider suggests a high false positive rate as a...
By Dave Muoio 02:08 pm September 3, 2020
New data published in JAMA Cardiology suggests that the Apple Watch's ECG tool could not only be used to record multi-lead ECG, but also to spot ST-segment changes among patients with acute coronary syndromes. The independent study was conducted by researchers from Italy's Magna Graecia University, and enrolled 100 participants who had myocardial infarction or were healthy. And although taking...
By Dave Muoio 10:48 am September 3, 2020
Biofourmis, a Boston-based predictive-care startup that's leaning more and more into digital therapeutics, has wrapped up $100 million in Series C financing. The raise was led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2, and also saw contributions from prior backers Openspace Ventures, MassMutual Ventures, Sequoia Capital and EDBI. With this major jump from last May's $35 million Series B, the company is now...
By Tammy Lovell 05:12 am August 19, 2020
Work is underway to create a specification which would enable wearable devices to utilise COVID-19 contact tracing technology. More than 130 Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) member companies have joined a working group, which aims to define a standardised method to add wearables to the existing smartphone-based Exposure Notification System (ENS), while preserving privacy and security...
By Dave Muoio 10:01 am August 6, 2020
Alongside yesterday's reveal of the Galaxy Watch3, Samsung announced that it has received regulatory clearance from the FDA for its ECG monitoring app. But while the watch – which also has built-in sensors enabling blood pressure and blood oxygen saturation – is slated for release on Aug. 6, the company did not say specifically when the new Samsung Health Monitor app that enables these features...
By Dave Muoio 02:05 pm August 5, 2020
The University of California, Los Angeles announced yesterday the launch of an Apple-backed study that will use the tech company's devices to measure how sleep, physical activity and heart rate relate to depression and anxiety. The three-year effort launches this week. It will recruit 150 UCLA Health patients for its pilot phase, the university wrote in an announcement. Another 3,000 participants...
By Dave Muoio 11:52 am August 4, 2020
It's been about nine months since Google officially announced plans to acquire Fitbit. The deal was expected to close in Q2 2020, but antitrust concerns from U.S. and E.U. regulators have so far stalled the purchase. That delay will likely run a fair bit longer with the European Commission announcement that its preliminary probe of the purchase will now expand into a full-scale investigation...
By Dave Muoio 03:00 am July 28, 2020
Withings, a maker of several consumer and B2B connected health devices once owned by Nokia, has announced the close of a $60 million Series B round. The raise was co-headed by Gilde Healthcare, Idinvest Partners and Bpifrance. BNP Paribas Développement, ODDO BHF Private Equity and Adelie Capital also participated. The company has also appointed a new global medical advisory board that includes Dr...