wearables

By Heather Mack July 21, 2016
Valley View, Ohio-based Great Lakes NeuroTechnologies (GLNT) which uses tablets and wearable sensors for Parkinson’s diagnosis and therapy, has published a new study looking at how wearable technology can lead to increased referral rates for therapies in Parkinson’s disease. The small study, which was published in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease, found that monitoring patients remotely enabled...
By Jonah Comstock July 21, 2016
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is working with Medidata to launch a small patient-generated health data trial of 40 patients with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that accumulates in the bone marrow. Patients in the trial will track their activity and sleep with wearable devices and use an app to answer survey questions about quality of life measures like fatigue and appetite. “Clinical...
By Heather Mack July 14, 2016
At the Wearable Technologies conference in San Francisco this week, companies presented several devices they said were primed for widespread distribution across healthcare and fitness industries, but were also in search of additional investors as well as partnerships with payers and providers to make it happen.   Here’s a round-up of some of the devices that took the stage:  BioRibbon Perhaps the...
By Heather Mack July 13, 2016
Smart clothing, such as sensor-enabled running wear and thermoregulation jackets, may not be in everyone’s closets these days, but software developers and manufacturers see that future as very near. At the Wearables Technology conference this week in San Francisco, companies looking to go beyond fitness trackers say the changing landscape of the healthcare world and the consumer world is shaping...
By Jonah Comstock June 27, 2016
According to a new survey conducted by Harris Poll and commissioned by Salesforce, 59 percent of all consumers, and 70 percent of millennials, would choose a primary care physician who offers a patient-facing app over one who doesn't.  The survey results included 2,025 US adults aged 18 and older, among whom 1,736 have health insurance and a primary care doctor. The survey showed that by and...
By Jonah Comstock May 12, 2016
PricewaterhouseCooper’s latest report looks at consumer attitudes and behaviors around wearables, and they’ve discovered one group that’s significantly more likely to own wearables: parents.  Forty-nine percent of parents with a child at home own multiple wearable devices, compared to just 24 percent of non-parents. Furthermore, 20 percent of parents sought out a wearable device for health-...
By Jonah Comstock March 29, 2016
We tend to think of activity tracking devices and the companion apps that process their data as single product offerings. But a new report from Argus Insights suggests that perhaps the users of these devices don't see them that way. Argus, which looks at consumer reviews and social data to analyze "mindshare", reports that the baseline level of consumer enjoyment (what Argus calls "delight') of...
By Jonah Comstock November 20, 2015
Heart rate-tracking wearable Jawbone has laid off 60 employees, 15 percent of its workforce, according to a report in TechCrunch. The layoffs extend across the company, but the restructuring includes the closing down of the company's New York City office and downsizing operations in Sunnyvale and Pittsburgh. Jawbone told MobiHealthNews in an email that no further layoffs are planned and issued...
By Jonah Comstock November 18, 2015
In advance of the start of the holiday shopping season, Argus Insights has released a report on consumer perception and demand for wearables, based on the research firm's analysis of 6,000 global reviews and social media conversations. As expected, Apple Watch tops the demand for consumer smartwatches, but surprisingly Fitbit didn't top the dedicated fitness tracker category -- it came in second...
By Jonah Comstock November 13, 2015
Fossil Group will buy wearables company Misfit for $260 million, the companies announced last night. Fossil will keep the Misfit brand and product line intact and work with them to develop and release additional products in Misfit's pipeline. Misfit founder and CEO Sonny Vu will serve as president and chief technology officer of connected devices at Fossil, an executive-level position. The...