Health and Wellness

Photo of the Garmin smart scale
By  Laura Lovett 02:04 pm October 22, 2020
Last week Garmin launched its new scale, dubbed Index S2, which is able to send weight and health data to a connected app.  In addition to body weight, users can tap into the scale for insights on body fat percentage, BMI, skeletal muscle mass, bone mass and body water percentage. Users can also see their weight trends over time, as the screen can show a graph of the last 30 days.  All of the...
By  Dean Koh 03:01 am October 20, 2020
Singapore-headquartered telehealth startup Doctor Anywhere announced it has launched an online mental health video consultation service. This is in addition to a suite of other tele-health services including GP consultation, lactation consultancy, and an in-app Marketplace with a range of wellness products and services, including booking appointments for home-based healthcare services. WHAT'S IT...
By  Laura Lovett 12:00 pm October 12, 2020
Telecom giant Comcast and Independence Health Group have teamed up on a new platform dubbed Quil Assure, which is centered around helping seniors connect to care teams and access emergency assistance.  The new system will include ambient sensors, voice-activated tech, emergency assistants and caregiver coordination services. The tool is slated for a 2021 release but will start going through pilot...
World Mental Health Day, Wellness, Virtual Reality

Credit: Oxford VR headset

By  Sara Mageit 01:36 am October 10, 2020
Most of us have grappled with some form of mental health issue during this unprecedented global pandemic. Snapshot studies released in September, which was Suicide Prevention Awareness month, highlighted this worrying fact even further. According to the Samaritans, in a survey of over 70,000 adults in the UK, over 1 in 10 reported experiencing suicidal thoughts or thoughts of hurting themselves...
By  Dave Muoio 02:34 pm September 28, 2020
A new review of Apple Watch-related presentations suggests that the device's abnormal pulse detection feature may be fueling unnecessary healthcare utilization. "The observation that new clinically actionable cardiovascular diagnoses of interest were diagnosed in only 11.4% of patients following medical evaluation as directed by the treating provider suggests a high false positive rate as a...
By  Jonah Comstock 02:20 pm September 16, 2020
While Apple’s big announcement yesterday was around a new blood oxygenation sensor, the company also rolled out a new video fitness class offering which could turn out to be even more impactful for the company. WHAT HAPPENED? Apple Fitness+, a diverse subscription platform of fitness videos designed to be used in conjunction with an Apple Watch and its activity-tracking functions, brings Apple...
By  Laura Lovett 08:45 am September 11, 2020
The 2020s are seeing a silver surge as populations around the world continue to age. While Japan has the highest percentage of senior citizens in the world, other countries in Europe and North America are quickly catching up. However, an ageing society could mean new potential for health and the economy, according panelist at the 'Silver Health & Economy: New Demographics, New Opportunities'...

Credit: Withings

By  Tammy Lovell 02:59 am September 7, 2020
French digital firm Withings today announced that its latest wearable is available in Europe, after receiving the CE marking for medical devices. Developed by cardiologists and sleep experts, Withings says that ScanWatch is the world's first clinically validated hybrid smartwatch to detect both atrial fibrillation (AFib) and overnight breathing disturbances. The smart watch is designed to help...
By  Laura Lovett 03:16 pm September 1, 2020
Nurx, a women’s health platform best known for using telemedicine to connect patients with contraceptives and STI testing, is dipping into the migraine space. Today it launched a new service that lets patients virtually connect with a provider and develop an individualized migraine management plan.  Patients pay a $60 annual fee, which includes online medical consultations, a video exam where...
By  Tammy Lovell 05:12 am August 19, 2020
Work is underway to create a specification which would enable wearable devices to utilise COVID-19 contact tracing technology. More than 130 Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) member companies have joined a working group, which aims to define a standardised method to add wearables to the existing smartphone-based Exposure Notification System (ENS), while preserving privacy and security...