January 22, 2020
Verily, the life sciences research subsidiary of Alphabet, has received FDA 510(k) clearance for an augmented version of its prescription Study Watch wearable that includes some form of arrhythmia monitoring.
While specific details on the so-called “Study Watch With Irregular Pulse Monitor” are yet to be published alongside the agency’s premarket notification, the product has been classified as a...
January 16, 2020
Data and digital health tech were the focus of Stanford Medicine’s 2020 Health Trends Report.
Released late last week, the research survey of more than 700 physicians, residents and medical students found that many of these respondents are looking forward to incorporating these new tools into their practice.
“We found that current and future physicians are not only open to new technologies but...
January 16, 2020
Fitbit users were surprised with an added feature on their wearable this week — the ability to check the variability of oxygen levels in their bloodstream.
Users with any of Fitbit’s Sp02-enabled devices can now access an Estimated Oxygen Variation graph. The Sp2 devices include the Charge 3, Ionic, Versa, Versa Lite and Versa 2, according to Fitbit officials.
The update, which was confirmed to...
January 6, 2020
CES is back again with scores of new consumer tech products in tow, and digital health is no exception. Players big and small to Las Vegas each year to unveil and promote devices, whether they be focused on health monitoring, restful sleeping, fitness, infant care, hygiene or otherwise.
Read on below for a roundup of digital health product announcements from this year's trade show.
January 2, 2020
On Apple and patents. A New York University School of Medicine cardiologist is unhappy with Apple Watch’s heart rate irregularity detection feature, which he claims in a new lawsuit infringes his own patent for atrial fibrillation detection technology. Filed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York on December 27, 2019, the suit describes Dr. Joseph Wiesel’s invention and his...
December 2, 2019
Garmin is fleshing out the sleep health potential of its wearables thanks to a newly-announced collaboration with Sleeprate.
Now, the Israeli app maker will be able to access the Garmin Health Companion SDK for a more fleshed out look at device wearers’ sleep and activity data, and will use these to offer improved tracking and personalized insights for those interested in how workouts and nightly...
November 13, 2019
Elektra Labs, a startup looking to curate secured connected health technologies, has announced a $2.9 million in seed funding. Maverick Ventures led the round, which saw contributions from Arkitekt Ventures, Boost VC, Founder Collective, Lux Capital, SV Angel and Village Global. Sixteen angels also took part in the raise, including the heads of high-profile companies such as PillPack, Flatiron...
November 13, 2019
Health tech manufacturer Phillips-Medisize has announced the opening of a global innovation and development centre in Copenhagen, Denmark to support its long-term growth plans for advanced injection, wearable devices and connected technologies.
The Molex company says it plans for the centre, based in the Teknikerbyen area, to help accelerate the creation of differentiated drug delivery devices...
November 7, 2019
Fitbit’s year-over-year device sales flatlined in Q3 2019, which combined with lower sales tag prices drove a decline in revenue, according to the wearables maker’s latest quarterly earnings.
The reporting — which was bereft of an investor’s call, Q&A and any forward-looking statements due to the company’s pending acquisition — is the latest look at a wearables business Google apparently...
November 1, 2019
After a month of rumors, this morning Google and Fitbit announced that the former has officially purchased the wearable giant for roughly $2.1 billion, or $7.35 per share, in cash.
Fitbit stressed that its devices will remain platform-agnostic across the Android and iOS ecosystems. Still, a blog post from Google discussing the acquisition made it clear that we can also expect to see some Google...