Health and Wellness

By  Sophie Porter 02:10 am July 14, 2020
Health tech innovations are not only pioneering the ways people access healthcare, they also provide a platform for people to understand more about their bodies. This is especially true for women, who are worse affected by the limitations of health and sex education, and so are key targets for these kinds of opportunities. The innumerable possibilities of health tech illustrate the potential for...
By  Dave Muoio 03:01 pm July 8, 2020
A new app announced this morning by PureTech Health spinout Sonde Health will listen to employees' voices to determine whether they have a potential respiratory condition and shouldn't return to work. The Sonde One app combines a COVID-19 questionnaire, user-reported temperature and a six-second voice sample to render its judgement and provide guidance to the employee. These guidances can be...
By  Cornelia Wels-Maug 01:45 am July 7, 2020
Healthcare systems around the world are entering a new era in which digital healthcare applications are increasingly becoming part of standard medical care. Whereas medications must undergo a strict regulated process of testing before they are approved and eventually reimbursed, a similar process for digital health apps has only recently started to emerge. Some countries are pushing ahead now...
By  Jonah Comstock 12:14 pm July 2, 2020
When Apple vice president of technology Kevin Lynch announced at WWDC last week that Apple Watch would add an automatic handwashing-detection feature in its next update, many people naturally assumed the feature was prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic – a public health emergency that has strongly underscored the importance of handwashing. Not so, Lynch told MobiHealthNews in a recent interview. The...
By  Sara Mageit 08:24 am June 30, 2020
Brisbane-based digital health company, ResApp Health has announced the launch of SleepCheck, a mobile medical device software application that analyses a user’s breathing and snoring sounds during sleep and provides an assessment of their risk of sleep apnoea. The app uses the smartphone’s built-in microphone to record the user’s breathing and snoring sounds while they sleep. SleepCheck’s...
By  Jonah Comstock 03:47 pm June 22, 2020
At the opening keynote for WWDC2020, Apple’s virtual developer conference, the company announced a few additional health and fitness capabilities for the Apple Watch — though the event was relatively light on health content, especially compared to previous years. Sleep tracking arrives at last One such feature — sleep tracking — has been a notable omission for the wearable ever since it was first...
By  Dave Muoio 09:33 am June 16, 2020
With much of the world gradually returning to work after COVID-19 lockdowns, Fitbit sees a new opportunity to engage its employer customers with device- and app-driven health monitoring. The company today announced what it's calling its Ready for Work solution, a service comprising a daily health check-in for employees and an analytics dashboard for their employers, both of which are being...

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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...
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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...