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By Dave Muoio January 22, 2018
Microsoft announced recently that it will be shuttering HealthVault Insights, the company’s app-based research project that used machine learning to help users analyze and access their personal health records. The app will be removed from the iOS, Android, and Windows storefronts before the end of the month, although users will still be able to access a summary of their generated data on the...
By Dave Muoio January 18, 2018
Fitbit Coach, the company’s connected personal training app, has come to Microsoft’s Xbox One videogame console and other Windows 10 PCs, Fitbit announced in a recent blog post. The service — which costs $39.99 annually — allows customers to follow guided audio and video workouts in their home with additional features provided by their Fitbit wearables. Fitbit Coach is a rebranded version of the...
By Jonah Comstock January 17, 2018
Kinsa is one of the leading digital health companies in the smart thermometer space, but the company’s mission has never been to sell thermometers. Instead, Kinsa has always seen itself as a big data company. With the recent public launch of Kinsa Insights, that aspect of the company is taking center stage. “The core hypothesis of the company is ‘Could we find a way to communicate with someone...
By Dave Muoio January 17, 2018
Editor's note: The headline of a previous version of this article incorrectly referred to Omron's devices as heart rate monitors instead of blood pressure monitors. Last week at CES, Omron Healthcare announced two new heart monitoring devices as well as an updated version of its app to better connect the company’s products. The first device, the Omron HeartGuide, is a watch being billed as the...
By Laura Lovett January 16, 2018
The future of fertility monitoring could be as easy as sliding a monitor under your bed. At CES free health monitoring company EarlySense released its latest product Percept, an under-mattress, clinically-proven fertility monitor that tracks the users’ dates of ovulation, fertility window and period by monitoring physiological signals like heart rate and breathing patterns.  “The beauty...
By Jonah Comstock January 16, 2018
In a new study of 934 mobile phone users, 100 percent said they used a mobile phone for health-related purposes, but only 28 percent used an app to track sleep. By contrast, 53 percent tracked exercise and 48 percent tracked diet. The data comes from an online survey conducted by NYU with the help of survey management company Toluna, which did the recruitment. Verizon provided funding. The study...
By Laura Lovett January 15, 2018
Last week CES brought innovators from around the world to Las Vegas. But one event at CES was dedicated to creating innovations for the smallest people. This year participants in the Babytech Awards displayed a myriad of products from wearables that monitor a baby’s heartbeat to baby sleep coaches. There were five categories including healthy baby, fertility and pregnancy, baby safety, baby eats...
By Dave Muoio January 12, 2018
Las Vegas was once again host to the annual CES conference (formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show), and digital health players came out in force. Along with a roundup of all the device launches and announcements that caught our eye, Babyforyou.net.ua has put together a primer on the biggest news and discussion points that came out of the trade show and its Digital Health Summit. Big brands...
By Dave Muoio January 11, 2018
At CES 2018 this week, Samsung Electronics America and MobileHelp, a maker of home and wearable medical alert devices, announced a collaboration that would bring mobile personal emergency response capabilities to Samsung Gear S3 smartwatches. Called MobileHelp Smart, the devices integrate MobileHelp’s platform into a modified version of Samsung’s watch, taking advantage of its fitness-monitoring...
By Laura Lovett January 10, 2018
App-based physician house call service, Heal, just announced the launch of its new product Wellbe, a device which serves as a data hub for connected health devices. The company claims Wellbe can link and track data from more than 100 disconnected, siloed medical tools. The data is then connected to Heal's physicians.  "We are humbled that Heal's house calls have shown great potential to improve...

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