January 7, 2015
By The MobiHealthNews Team
Digital health and fitness devices were, yet again, a dominant topic at CES 2015. Companies showed off a number of activity trackers, sleep devices, an oral health tracker, connected weight scales, and a few adhesive temperature devices. This year, while quite a few companies unveiled new digital health offerings, others demo'd products that built on existing devices....
September 9, 2014
As Apple gets ready for its long-awaited wearable device announcement later today, a couple of other wearables in the fitness tracking space are following the Apple model of vaguely hinting about upcoming releases. Intel teased the new Basis Band at the Intel Developer Forum this morning, Jawbone has been leaking hints to the press about a new, more open ecosystem, Misfit Wearables released a...
August 18, 2014
Berkeley, California-based ChemiSense has developed a wristworn wearable air quality monitor that helps people detect chemicals and pollutants in the air around them, according to a report from MIT Technology Review.
The ChemiSense wearable will help people will asthma identify places where the air is more polluted, which will in turn help them identify triggers and avoid certain places.
July 22, 2014
Fogg speaking at SXSW last year
Retail pharmacy company Walgreens is bolstering its rewards program by training some of its pharmacists and online customer reps in Stanford psychologist and mobile health expert Dr. BJ Fogg's behavior change methodology, called Tiny Habits. Over the years Fogg has had considerable influence in mobile health through his advisory services to industry, published...
July 15, 2014
Two recent surveys, one from activity tracker maker Withings and the other from research firm IDC Health Insights asked consumers about their engagement with connected health devices.
In the IDC survey, the research firm found that one out of three consumers who own fitness trackers stopped using their devices in the past 12 months. IDC adds that to maintain consumers' engagement with these...
June 25, 2014
During the keynote of the Google I/O developer conference today, Google Play Product Manager Ellie Powers announced a new fitness platform for digital health app and device developers, called Google Fit, that aims to help people better track their fitness goals.
Specific rumors about this platform first surfaced last week.
Google announced Google Fit just a few weeks after Apple announced its...
June 24, 2014
Withings has joined the growing number of companies focusing on style above all else when it comes to wearable devices. The digital health device maker announced a new wristworn activity tracker, called Withings Activite, that looks similar to a regular analog watch.
This fall Activite will be available with a black or silver face for $390 in stores and on Withings' website.
The watch, designed...
May 21, 2014
There are now more than 100,000 apps on the iOS and Android app stores, according to a new report by research firm Research2Guidance, double the market size of two and a half years ago. They project the mobile health app market will have produced $26 billion in revenue by the end of 2017, up from $2.4 billion so far.
Research2Guidance also found that the average app publisher has seven apps and...
May 14, 2014
When Aetna failed to highlight CarePass, its app ecosystem and data platform, at HIMSS this year we wondered what the team had been up to since it added Care4Today medication adherence to its platform. Dan Conroy, Head of Business Development at CarePass, says that for the past year the company has begun to focus on the other stakeholder use case for the technology: employers.
"This is about...
April 23, 2014
Withings has launched the next version of its Pulse activity tracker, now called Pulse O2. The new device allows users to measure their blood oxygen levels, which help users understand the efficiency of their overall lung functions.
This tool is especially useful for people who work out in high altitudes, for example mountain climbers, or people with respiratory issues, such as asthma or chronic...