Health and Wellness

By  Sara Mageit 04:20 am June 10, 2020
A campaign called Find Your Tribe has been launched following research highlighting that even before lockdown, many people in the UK have been suffering with loneliness. The study, commissioned by global cybersecurity company Kaspersky, showed that four-in-10 (42%) of Brits who say they have felt lonely during the pandemic have actually felt less lonely, or the same way, than they did before it...
Two workers in vests and masks move a pallet of boxes with a machine lift.
By  Mallory Hackett 01:37 pm June 8, 2020
Healthcare technology companies Zebra Technologies and VitalTech recently announced new digital health efforts aimed at keeping workers healthy as businesses start to reopen.  Zebra’s app, MotionWorks Proximity includes proximity and contact-tracing data that employees can view on the app’s dashboard or in employer reports. It also has the capability to alert users when they violate social...
By  Dave Muoio 01:31 pm June 4, 2020
Handwashing may be a routine habit for some, but for everyone else who struggles to sanitize there's now a smartwatch app from Samsung that encourages regular, thorough handwashing. Available for a free download on a range Samsung smartwatches (all of them waterproof), the app's alarm reminds users to wash their hands at pre-scheduled intervals throughout the course of a day. A dashboard screen...
By  Dean Koh 03:30 am May 20, 2020
Health insurer Aetna International announced that it is partnering with Wysa, an AI-powered chatbot and mental well-being app as part of the former’s ongoing efforts to address the 'second curve' of the COVID-19 pandemic – a less visible but increasing mental well-being crisis. The health insurance company recently enhanced member access to a range of resources, including its virtual health...
By  Dave Muoio 11:40 am May 19, 2020
Austin, Texas-based EverlyWell, a digital platform that lets consumers order lab tests online and view their results, has received an FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for a COVID-19 at-home diagnostic sample collection kit that can be used with multiple diagnostic lab tests. Announced Friday by the FDA and Monday by the startup, the EverlyWell COVID-19 Test Home Collection Kit includes nasal...
By  Laura Lovett 02:37 pm May 14, 2020
The future of physical therapy could be getting a lot more virtual. A recent study published in JMIR found that participants using Hinge Health’s digital exercise-therapy program decreased their pain by more than two-thirds.  “Hinge Health is the first digital MSK company to publish a peer-reviewed large-scale study,” Dr. Jeffrey Krauss, the chief medical officer at Hinge Health, said in a...
By  Dave Muoio 12:45 pm May 6, 2020
Fitbit announced this morning the launch of a new atrial fibrillation research study aiming to enroll hundreds of thousands of fitness-tracker and smartwatch owners. Called the Fitbit Heart Study, it will passively and continuously monitor wearers' heart rates using the devices' photoplethysmography (PPG) sensors. A proprietary algorithm will interpret these readings and flag potential...
By  Dean Koh 07:20 am May 4, 2020
Singapore-based mobile technology company MindFi has partnered with Labour Movement's Healthcare Academy to offer healthcare workers free access to MindFi's popular mindfulness mobile app. Dubbed 'Mindcare', this social impact initiative looks to benefit more than 90,000 public and community healthcare workers including doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, community caregivers and first...
By  Tammy Lovell 04:28 am April 29, 2020
French digital health firm Withings has unveiled its latest sleep-tracking device - a mat which can be used to detect sleep apnea. When placed underneath a mattress, Sleep Analyzer uses its advanced sensors to analyse sleep and snoring episodes.   It utilises a pneumatic sensor to measure respiratory rate, body movement and continuous heart rate in order to track users’ sleep cycles (deep, light...
By  Laura Lovett 11:31 am April 28, 2020
This morning a new startup dubbed Tomorrow Health launched its tech-enabled home-health-product service.  Patients first enter their insurance information, medical needs and state. The platform is then able to give them a personalized view of home health products that meet their health requirements and are covered under their insurance plan. The company also helps to fill out the insurance claim...