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By Jonah Comstock March 8, 2018
Correction: An earlier version of this article had the survey sample size at 7,905. Accenture interviewed 7,905 consumers worldwide, but the data here is from just the US subset: 2,301 Americans. New survey data out this week from Accenture shows that healthcare consumers are using more wearables and apps, and are more bullish on virtual care, than ever before. But they also have high...
By Laura Lovett March 8, 2018
London-based startup WeMa Life has recently launched its online marketplace app that helps caregivers and patients connect with providers. The app has multiple functions and allows caregivers to book social care, domiciliary care, nursing, domestic help, personal care, and hygiene care. “Anyone who has ever been tasked with sourcing domiciliary care for themselves or someone close to them will...
By Dave Muoio March 6, 2018
Samsung Health users will now have access to a new consumer-grade version of WellDoc’s digital diabetes management platform, the two companies announced this morning. The Diabetes Wellness Program is a 12-week wellness program designed to help Type 2 diabetes patients improve unhealthy behaviors and better manage their condition. The program is available through the Samsung Health version 5.14 or...
By Laura Lovett February 27, 2018
Wearable giant Fitbit and fitness apparel company Adidas have just released their latest running-specific training wearable, the Fitbit Ionic: Adidas edition. The product was born out of a partnership between the two companies, which was announced last year, and is a combination of Fitbit Ionic and Adidas’ Train app.  “As the leading global wearables brand synonymous with health and fitness,...
By Dave Muoio February 26, 2018
The FDA has expanded its indication for Medtronic’s Guardian Sensor 3, allowing patients to wear the sensor on their upper arm. The sensor is part of Medtronic’s MiniMed 670G system, and is currently the only continuous glucose monitor approved by the FDA to control automated insulin delivery via a hybrid closed loop system. Along with the added convenience of the new sensor site, the company...
By Laura Lovett February 26, 2018
Samsung’s latest phones, the Galaxy S9 and S9+, will incorporate a new digital health app that will track users' blood pressure and stress level while helping researchers collect data. Seoul-based Samsung Electronics teamed up with the University of California San Fransisco to develop the research app, called My BP Lab.  “At Samsung, we have a firm commitment to the health and well-being of our...
By Laura Lovett February 23, 2018
As Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies take off in a gold rush-like fashion, players in the digital health field have jumped on board the cryptocurrency wagon. Some companies, like Nobel Prize contender George Church’s brainchild Nebula, are finding ways for the consumer to monetize their personal genetic data. Still others are using the digital currency in more traditional ways, like...
By Dave Muoio February 22, 2018
Vision insurance company and eyewear maker VSP Global today announced the launch of its activity-tracking Level smart glasses. The company’s new eyewear connects to a smartphone app that records daily steps, distance traveled, calories burned, and total activity time, and then compares the wearer’s progress in these metrics against that of their peers. Importantly, stressed Jay Sales, co-director...
By Laura Lovett February 21, 2018
Nokia’s dive into the digital health industry may be coming to a halt, reveals a memo leaked to The Verge earlier this week. This comes less than two years after the Espoo, Finland-based company created its digital health unit through the acquisition of French digital health company Withings for $191 million.  “[R]ather than only falling in love with our technology, we must be honest with...
By Dave Muoio February 21, 2018
Palo Alto, California-based Cognoa’s machine learning app for pediatric behavioral health has received categorization from the FDA as a Class 2 diagnostic medical device for autism, according to an announcement from the company. By analyzing parent-provided information and videos of a child’s natural behavior, the company’s app uses machine learning to provide an assessment of whether that child...

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