Consumer

By Jonah Comstock August 20, 2018
Fitbit has unveiled the third device in the Fitbit Charge family, the Fitbit Charge 3, and the new version adds SpO2 tracking among other health tracking improvements. The device will be available starting in October. “With Charge 3, we are building on the success of our best-selling Charge franchise and delivering our most innovative tracker, offering an extremely slim, comfortable, and premium...
By Laura Lovett August 16, 2018
A recent study published in JAMA Surgery found that when it comes to reporting conflicts of interest in regards to compensation from medical device companies, doctors aren’t always completely forthcoming.  Researchers discovered that only 37.3 percent of publications written by a sample of doctors receiving the greatest compensation from device companies declared all relevant conflicts of...
Edinburgh, Scotland
By Leontina Postelnicu August 15, 2018
Former Skyscanner Chief Technology Officer Dr Alistair Hann has joined NHS Scotland to help build a national digital platform aiming to improve access to information for both citizens and health and care staff and remove interoperability barriers.   In his new role as CTO of the NHS Digital Service, based within NHS Education for Scotland, Dr Hann will work with Geoff Huggins, Director of Health...
Health tracking microchip.
By Susan Morse August 15, 2018
Apple is looking to hire engineers to develop a custom chip for more sophisticated health information tracking and applications, according to a CNBC report. CNBC said it got the information from a job posting from Apple's Health Sensing hardware team. The July 10 job summary is for sensor ASIC architects to design, develop and launch next generation sensor technologies to enable interaction with...
By Dave Muoio August 10, 2018
The FDA announced today that it will allow marketing of Natural Cycles’ contraception app in the US for pre-menopausal women aged 18 years and older. Previously approved in the UK and currently the subject of investigation by multiple regulatory agencies, the algorithm-driven app helps users track their menstrual cycle and informs them when they are most fertile. “Consumers are increasingly using...
By Laura Lovett August 9, 2018
Garmin wearable users now have the option to gain deeper insights into the their heart health, following an announcement that the consumer tech company' wearables will have the ability to integrate with heart health app Cardiogram. “Many users have asked Cardiogram to support Garmin wearables. By directly integrating through the Garmin Health API, Cardiogram has access to the wide array of...
By Dave Muoio August 8, 2018
Voice assistants are finding their way into a growing number of consumer homes, leading an ever-increasing number of healthcare companies to investigate how these connected technologies can be used to improve patients' health and deliver pertinent information directly to the individual. Unsurprisingly, building a successful consumer voice app comes with a number of challenges and considerations...
MinuteClinic Video Visits
By Dave Muoio August 8, 2018
Through a partnership with Teladoc, CVS’ MinuteClinic announced today that it has launched a 24-7 telehealth offering available through an app for consumers’ smartphones. The service is intended for patients aged two years or older seeking care for a minor illness, minor injury, skin condition, or “other wellness needs.” MinuteClinic Video Visits are currently available in Arizona, California,...
By Laura Lovett August 7, 2018
The pentagon is clamping down on wearable fitness devices, following a discovery in January that troop’s secret or confidential locations were revealed by a fitness heat map.   The new restriction means that military personal deployed in operational areas will not be allowed to use wearable trackers or smartphone apps, government issued or otherwise, that can identify their location.  “The...
By Dave Muoio August 2, 2018
Natural Cycles, an app that bills itself as a contraceptive and fertility tracker, has again found itself the target of regulatory investigation due to claims made in its advertisements. According to the Guardian, the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority has kicked off a formal investigation into the Swedish company after receiving three complaints regarding the app and its paid advertising on...