April 2, 2014
The MobiHealthNews team received a number of emails about yesterday's -- completely made-up -- April Fools' Edition of the MobiHealthNewsletter. We're glad so many of you enjoyed it. If you didn't get a chance to read it yet, be sure to dig it out of your inbox -- it's a newsletter subscriber exclusive.
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April 1, 2014
Withings has secured FDA 510(k) clearance for its previously announced Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor and it has launched the device in the United States.
As announced at CES 2014 in January, the blood pressure cuff is similar to the one Withings released in 2011, but adds Bluetooth connectivity and Android support (the previous device was iOS-only and had to be plugged into the Apple device)....
February 6, 2014
Apple has added yet another person working in digital health to its iWatch team, according to a report in 9to5Mac. The company recently hired Roy J.E.M. Raymann from Philips Research, where he led various sleep-related studies. Raymann was a senior scientist at Philips Research who founded the Philips Sleep Experience Laboratory, a non-clinical sleep research lab. He also led projects related to...
January 8, 2014
CES Flashback: After coming back from CES and the first Digital Health Summit co-located there four years ago, I wrote: "Perhaps in a few years we might be able to declare CES an event dominated by consumer health news — and those on the sidelines may find this to be a sudden event. The road to mass consumerization of wireless health devices, however, is much more complicated than those for other...
January 7, 2014
Correction: A previous version of this article said the original Withings Blood Pressure Cuff connected via the headphone jack, not the charge cable.
French connected health and wellness device company Withings has announced two new products planned to launch in 2014: a Bluetooth-enabled update of the company's upper arm blood pressure cuff and a two part sleep tracking system.
The sleep system...
December 5, 2013
Mobile health startup Jiff has announced the first batch of ecosystem partners for its new health outcomes marketplace. Jiff has officially announced and integrated with Fitbit, Jawbone, Fitbug, Withings, BodyMedia, Fatsecret, and CaloryGuard, and is in conversations with more than 60 additional digital health app and device companies, according to CEO Derek Newell.
"Our goal is to have at least...
October 31, 2013
San Francisco-based fitness app maker Runtastic made headlines last year for taking the somewhat unusual step of adding its own hardware -- a GPS watch and chest strap -- to supplement its popular fitness app. Now the company is adding another device -- a wirelessly connected, body fat-tracking weight scale. The company also announced the availability of a new narrative feature called story...
October 21, 2013
An ambitious health website, launching Friday, aims to combine a number of different health features -- including telemedicine, personal health records, and health social networks -- into one comprehensive online platform.
Prevently, founded by Harvard University undergraduate students Laurence Girard and Kristen Faulkner, is one of three companies coming through a Long Island-based technology...
October 1, 2013
Wearable connected device revenues will grow to more than $6 billion in 2018, according to new findings from ABI Research. The survey tracked four areas: sports, fitness and wellness; home monitoring devices; remote patient monitoring; and professional (on-site) healthcare.
Of the four markets, sports, fitness and wellness was the largest, always producing at least half the revenue over the...
September 12, 2013
Jawbone has raised $93 million in debt, with an additional $20 million in equity rumored, according to a report from Fortune. CEO Hossain Rahman told Fortune that the company resorted to a debt raise in light of a much-higher-than-anticipated demand for its products, mentioning the Up activity tracker specifically.
"We've been experiencing crazy sell-through demand, particularly since the...