wearables

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...
By  Leontina Postelnicu 07:30 am April 25, 2019
Fast, efficient technology has become the norm this century. It’s no surprise that consumers have high expectations when it comes to ease, but, while e-commerce and banking continue to make strides, for some, healthcare technology is often the stodgy counterpart. Just take comments from a recently-published evaluation of the three-month NHS App pilot in England, where patients expressed their...

Photo credit: Cardiogram 

By  Laura Lovett 10:00 am April 24, 2019
Today Cardiogram, maker of a smartwatch app that uses a deep neural network technology to detect various heart conditions, announced that it has cut a deal with Oscar Health — the first such healthcare insurer agreement for the startup.  As part of the new agreement, Oscar Health members will be able to enter their insurance information and then download the Cardiogram app. While the Cardiogram...
By  Dave Muoio 10:35 am April 23, 2019
San Diego-based GreatCall, a seller of aging in place technologies purchased by Best Buy last year, is launching an updated version of its retail personal emergency response system. Called the Lively Mobile Plus, the new 4G LTE wearable can automatically contact urgent response agents when detecting a fall, or with the push of a button. To start, changes to the device’s internal chipset and...
By  Dave Muoio 02:41 pm April 11, 2019
Wrist-worn Parkinson’s disease monitors developed by Melbourne, Australia-based Global Kinetics Corporations will soon be deployed to UK patients thanks to a new project headed by the University of Plymouth and University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust (UHPNT). To start, 150 patients in Plymouth City, West Devon and East Cornwall will receive the Parkinson’s KinetiGraph (PKG) wearable as a pilot....
By  Dave Muoio 02:31 pm April 2, 2019
The Loop System, a continuous remote monitor developed by Palo Alto-based startup Spry Health, received 510(k) clearance from the FDA last Friday, according to an update to the agency’s database that was confirmed by the company. Designed for management of COPD and other chronic conditions, the wristband wearable collects and monitors a user’s pulse-oximetry, respiration, heart rate and blood...

Inside the wearable device, the blood pump sits in the upper left corner while the heparin injector runs the length of the near side of the box. The green circuit boards control the blood pump, heparin injector and provide display data. Photo Credit: Tae Hyun Kim

By  Dave Muoio 12:19 pm April 1, 2019
In an open Nature Communications paper published today, researchers from the University of Michigan described a prototype wearable device that could continuously collect bloodborne cancer cells often used as a biomarker for treatment. Currently, blood draws are required to identify and examine circulating tumor cells (CTCs), and are often limited by inconsistent CTC counts as well as the health...
By  Dave Muoio 12:02 pm March 19, 2019
Early data from the Apple Heart Study is now in the wild, but others are still investigating how the Apple Watch could play a role in personal health and clinical research. Just last week, the University of Michigan announced that it has launched a new three-year study that pairs Apple Watch user data with information from EHRs, survey data, genetic information and other health-related data....
Among more than 400,000 participants who enrolled in the study, only 0.5 percent ever received an atrial fibrillation alert from the app.
By  Dave Muoio 12:29 pm March 18, 2019
This weekend, Stanford Medicine researchers presented the long-awaited results of the Apple Heart Study, which explored the performance of the Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor and an accompanying algorithm in detecting potential arrhythmias. Funded by Apple and launched back in 2017, the research project enrolled 419,297 Apple Watch and iPhone owners. Among these users, 2,161 (roughly 0.5 percent...
By  Dave Muoio 03:15 pm March 6, 2019
Fitbit’s busy morning may have been headlined by news of its latest consumer devices, but lately the wearables company has also had plenty to say on its inroads with health plans, clinical researchers and large employers. In fact, the company devoted a substantial portion of its press event yesterday to its ever-growing health services operations and a new deal involving Solera Health’s...