Health and Wellness

A new app allows seniors enrolled in the Lively Health & Safety offering to access in-home support services through Apple's wearable.
By  Dave Muoio 01:49 pm March 4, 2021
Yesterday Best Buy announced that it has brought a collection of senior-focused emergency-response services to the Apple Watch via its Lively brand, and plans to add fall detection down the line. Apple Watch Series 4 device owners who are signed up with a Lively Health & Safety plan (which starts at $19.99 per month) can download the Lively app for on-the-wrist access to three of the service'...
By  Dave Muoio 01:24 pm March 3, 2021
Reperio Health, the maker of an app-connected home wellness assessment kit marketed to employers, has raised $6 million is seed funding. The round was co-led by Caduceus Capital Partners and Rogue Venture Partners, and saw participation from Liquid 2 Ventures and G Ventures. WHAT IT DOES To enable at-home screenings, the Portland, Oregon-based company ships a kit directly to employees or...

Photo courtesy of Highmark

By  Dave Muoio 12:27 pm March 2, 2021
In December, Highmark Health announced a six-year collaboration with Google Cloud that the companies said would lay down the infrastructure of the integrated delivery network's data-driven Living Health Dynamic Platform. Today, the organizations unveiled plans to get Verily and its Onduo chronic care subsidiary in on the action as well. Through another six-year partnership, the partners will work...
A product shot of the Gx Sweat Patch and Gx App
By  Dave Muoio 03:09 pm March 1, 2021
Sports drink vendor Gatorade is the latest to take a run at the connected fitness consumer. The PepsiCo brand launched today a sweat-tracking wearable patch and accompanying fitness monitoring app platform designed to help athletes track their workouts, hydration, salt concentration and other fitness-relevant metrics. It's a concept that the brand first teased nearly five years ago before...
By  Dave Muoio 01:32 pm February 17, 2021
App-based primary care provider 98point6 today announced a new integrated behavioral health offering for its employer, health plan and health system clientele. Founded in 2015, the company's app-based platform uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to conduct a text-based conversation with users, allowing it to build up a patient profile before matching them to a clinician for virtual...
By  Dave Muoio 01:56 pm February 16, 2021
SNP chips, a type of DNA microarray frequently employed by consumer genomics companies, are "extremely unreliable" when identifying clinically-relevant variants that are rare among the general population, according to a retrospective study recently published in The BMJ. The investigation, conducted by researchers from the University of Exeter, reviewed sequencing data from nearly 50,000...
Enduro watch
By  Laura Lovett 11:57 am February 16, 2021
Today Garmin launched a new activity tracking smartwatch dubbed Enduro, which touts a solar-charging lens and a 65-day battery life. The latest product is designed for athletic training and comes with GPS tracking. The wearable comes with VO2 Max fitness levels, which can be adjusted based on trail conditions. Enduro also comes with a specific feature for climbing, which tracks a user’s distance...

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By  Dave Muoio 01:05 pm February 15, 2021
Facebook could soon be throwing its hat into the health and wellness wearables space. According to a Feb. 12 report from The Information citing four anonymous sources, the tech company has been working on a smartwatch that would include health and wellness and other features for consumers. The Android-based device is said to include a cellular connection so that it can be used independent of a...
09:50 pm February 7, 2021
Chinese digital health company 111, Inc. ("111" or the "Company") inked a deal with physician group Jilin Baiyi Doctor Group Management ("Baiyi Doctor Group"), which operates in China's Jilin province, in order to incorporate the former's doctor-patient communication and healthcare management platform to the ladder's organization. As part of the partnership Jilin Baiyi Doctor Group Management...
Screen examples of the features on three smartphones
By  Dave Muoio 11:00 am February 4, 2021
Google Health has announced a new wellness feature coming to its Google Fit mobile app that uses machine learning to give users heart rate and respiratory rate readings without the need for any hardware other than their smartphone's camera. The two tools are slated to launch for all Pixel devices in the next month, and will come to additional Android devices running version 6 within the months to...