Consumer

By Laura Lovett December 21, 2018
Money is a motivator. Recently, digital health companies have starting to tap into blockchain-backed cryptocurrency as a way to motivate users to workout, take medication and stay sober. Most of the currencies can be cashed-in for goods like workout gear, or a paid service the platform offers like coaching. Other companies are also using the digital currency as an incentive for patients to...

Sebastien Gaudin, co-founder of StartupCare at the launch event in Shanghai, China. Credit: StartupCare

By Dean Koh December 20, 2018
Yesterday, Shanghai-based insurtech startup CareVoice (who launched their AI voice-based virtual health assistant for insurers and employers in Greater China in May 2018) announced the official launch of StartupCare, the first health benefit and insurance for startups in China. StartupCare combines a premium medical insurance with fully digitalised health and insurance services. Ahead of the...

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By Jonah Comstock December 20, 2018
It seems like Apple gets more involved in healthcare every year, and 2018 was no exception. The two big stories of the year — the Apple Watch ECG and Apple Health Records — were both the culmination of years of rumors and reports. And the company made health news in myriad smaller ways as well. Read up for a roundup of Apple’s 2018, including a taste of what we might expect in 2019 and beyond....
By Dave Muoio December 20, 2018
This morning, Omron Healthcare announced that the HeartGuide wristwatch — a wearable oscillometric wrist blood pressure monitor unveiled earlier this year at CES 2018 — has received FDA clearance and will be available at retail on January 9, 2019. The device is currently available for preorder for $499. The key feature of the product is a flexible synthetic band that is designed to inflate and...

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By Laura Lovett December 19, 2018
This afternoon London-based Concepta Diagnostics unveiled exclusively to Babyforyou.net.ua the UK release of its myLotus Fertility app and monitoring system, which lets women trying to conceive test their hormone levels at home.  The new product and app uses luteinising hormone (LH) levels — higher levels indicate ovulation — to help predict when a woman has the best chance to become pregnant.  The...

Above photo: Dr. Snehal Patel, CEO & Co-founder of MyDoc. Photo: MyDoc

By Dean Koh December 18, 2018
The digital managed care platform MyDoc has been tapped to digitally deliver health screening results of AIA Vitality members in Singapore, creating the first digitally integrated corporate health screening programme for the global insurer. As a digital healthcare provider, MyDoc is part of Singapore’s Ministry of Health's (MOH) regulatory sandbox for telemedicine, allowing it to offer digital...

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By Dave Muoio December 17, 2018
With roughly a week to go before thousands of devices are unwrapped under the tree, Fitbit has pushed out a bevy of updates to its smartwatches that make it easier for wearers to quickly grasp their individual health performance. Specifically, Fitbit OS 3.0 expands the Fitbit Ionic, Fitbit Ionic: adidas edition and Fitbit Versa’s dashboards to include new data on a wearer’s sleep, exercise and...
By Laura Lovett December 12, 2018
Last week the Department of Homeland Security and Philips issued notices alerting the public to possible cyber security risks in Philip’s HealthSuite Health Android app.  The DHS said the risk was related to inadequate encryption strength and warned that it would not be difficult for hackers to exploit this vulnerability.  “Successful exploitation of this vulnerability may allow an attacker with...
By Dave Muoio December 12, 2018
A Stanford study recently published in npc Digital Medicine suggests that the iPhone’s step measurement capabilities are sufficient enough to monitor and measure patients’ activity remotely. However, the device’s built-in walking distance measurement algorithm is inconsistent, and should not be used when gauging a patients’ activity or building a patient monitoring app for conditions such as...
By Jonah Comstock December 11, 2018
New York City-based FoodMarble officially launched its FoodMarble AIRE device last week. The device allows individuals to test hydrogen levels in their breath, a method that can be used to identify foods they have trouble digesting. “Everyone knows some things you shouldn’t be eating; You don’t eat a bowl of M&Ms for lunch,” Dr. James Brief, a gastroenterologist and FoodMarble’s chief medical...