August 14, 2019
Following an acquisition last year by WW (formerly Weight Watchers), Kurbo Health has retooled and relaunched its weight loss app and coaching services as Kurbo by WW. The tool not only sports a new look, but now includes a new focus on healthy behavior and wellness promotion that’s designed with children and adolescents in mind.
This subtle shift in approach comes in part from hands-on audience...
November 1, 2017
Deven McGraw, former deputy director for health information privacy at HHS’ Office for Civil Rights, has left public service for an unnamed Silicon Valley health technology startup, Politico reports. Iliana Peters, a senior adviser for compliance and enforcement in the Office, will at least temporarily step into the vacant position.
While McGraw’s only hint as to her new destination was that the...
June 17, 2016
Phoenix, Arizona-based Solera Health added another $4 million in funding from investors to help connect providers, payers and patients with diabetes prevention programs available in their area. The company announced $3 million in funding last November. Return backers BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners and Sandbox Ventures participated in the new injection of funds as did new investor, social...
February 4, 2016
Aetna subsidiary iTriage has quietly launched a new version of its app, called iTriage Essentials, for iOS and Android platforms. The app is a redesigned, stripped down version of iTriage designed to serve as a testing ground for the company, though it will likely eventually replace the original iTriage app.
“We built this as a platform to test some hypotheses we have and some deep research we’ve...
January 18, 2016
While Under Armour, Apple, and Weight Watchers, have all, to varying degrees, become more involved in the calorie-tracking mobile app space, Lose It, one of the original innovators, has been quietly chugging along, capping its funding at $7 million because, according to CEO Charles Teague, the company has been profitable since at least last March.
MobiHealthNews talked to Teague about maintaining...
December 7, 2015
Weight Watchers has unveiled a new program called Beyond the Scale, which includes a new app called FitBreak. According to a recent Weight Watchers earnings call, the new program is partially a reaction to a perceived loss of business from free fitness apps.
"Weight Watchers is a plan that works," CEO James Chambers said on a Q3 call. "It is science-based, proven in a multitude of clinical...
November 25, 2015
For MobiHealthNews readers in the United States, it's almost Thanksgiving, a holiday that's about being grateful but one that is also all about food. And for many of us, the days and weeks after Thanksgiving are the time to think about getting rid of all that turkey weight -- whether that means joining a gym, downloading a free food tracking app like LoseIt! or MyFitnessPal, or signing up with...
May 5, 2015
Weight Watchers has acquired San Francisco-based fitness app developer, Hot5, according to a report from TechCrunch.
Hot5 was established in October 2012 and launched August 2013. The startup has developed two video workout apps, Hot5 Fitness and Vertical Escape Fitness Challenge, which are available for iOS devices. Both apps are free to download and offer a handful of workouts, but users need...
April 16, 2015
Weight Watchers is recruiting for a randomized control trial that will test the addition of a connected scale into its online weight loss intervention, according to a posting on ClinicalTrials.gov.
The Miriam Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island will play host to a six-month double blind study that will compare Weight Watchers' online program with and without the addition of an electronic scale...
April 7, 2015
Weight Watchers has acquired Weilos, which offers users a picture taking app to document weight loss through selfies, according to a report over at TechCrunch. Weilos is not to be confused with Weight Watchers other acquisition, Wello.
Weilos' only known investor is the startup incubator Y Combinator.
TechCrunch's sources said that Weight Watchers bought Weilos for a price in the "single-digit...