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By Dave Muoio July 18, 2018
Multiplayer surgeries. Virtual reality surgical training app maker Osso VR today launched a feature that allows multiple surgeons to train and interact within a single VR space. The new functionality can bring team members together for training regardless of physical location, according to a statement, and comes with the other benefits of collaborative, team-based training over solo instruction...
Fitbit, Immersion settle lawsuit
By Dave Muoio July 9, 2018
After filing a suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California roughly a year ago, San Jose-based Immersion has settled its beef with Fitbit, the former announced in a statement. The terms of the settlement and license agreement reached by the two companies were not disclosed in the announcement.   Immersion took issue with the haptic feedback technology featured in...
By Jonah Comstock June 28, 2018
Dr. Joshua Mandel has left his position at Alphabet's Verily as health IT ecosystem lead for a position as chief architect at Microsoft Healthcare. Mandel isn't the only big name Microsoft just picked up; Jim Weinstein, former CEO of Dartmouth-Hitchcock, joined the company at the same time as VP and head of innovation and health equity. "Jim and Josh join us at an exciting time, as healthcare...
By Jonah Comstock June 25, 2018
A prospective cohort study of 33 adolescent cancer patients suggests that providing a Fitbit activity tracker and an iPad equipped with specialized health apps at the time of diagnosis can increase at least subjective measures of quality of life. In the study, recently published in the Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, patients at Stanford Hospital and Clinics and Lucile Packard...
By Laura Lovett June 19, 2018
Earlier this month Fitbit announced that Bill Zerella will be stepping down as chief financial officer. The wearable giant has tapped Ronald Kisling, who was perviously serving as the chief accounting officer, to fill the role. Kisling comes to position with 35 years of experience in financial leadership.  “Ron has long been an important member of our senior leadership team and we will continue...
Fitbit Flyer headphones lawsuit filed
By Jonah Comstock June 18, 2018
Wearables maker Jawbone may be out of business, but its beef with rival Fitbit lives on apparently in the form of a grand jury indictment handed down Thursday from the U.S. District Court of Northern California. The indictment, for theft of trade secrets, names the same six employees named in Jawbone's civil suit against Fitbit, but does not name Fitbit itself. The indictment includes new...
By Jonah Comstock June 11, 2018
Fitbit has officially launched the Fitbit Ace, the company's first activity tracker designed for children, specifically kids ages 8 and older. The band was first announced in March. "As childhood obesity rates continue to rise, it’s more important than ever to empower the entire family to embrace a healthy and more active lifestyle,” Fitbit CEO James Park said at the time. “It can be hard to...

Dr. Daniel Karlin, Greg Plante, Dr. Stephen Wicks, Dr. Zachary Beattie, and Dr. Mahesh Fuldeore

By Jonah Comstock June 8, 2018
Pharma companies are increasingly embracing the use of wearables and other connected devices to streamline and improve data collection in clinical trials. But for all the advantages these devices might have, there also challenges — especially when it comes to data standardization. This week at BIO 2018, Dr. Daniel Karlin, Pfizer’s head of clinical, informatics, regulatory strategy, digital...
By Dave Muoio June 7, 2018
Deep breaths. Henry Schein Medical announced today the launch of its EasyOne Air Spirometer, a device designed to measure lung function and improve diagnosis of COPD. Connected via Bluetooth, the spirometer includes a touch screen interface, EHR connectivity, and proprietary technology to improve device calibration and accuracy. "We are excited to work with ndd [the device’s designer] to provide...
By Dave Muoio June 4, 2018
Consumer-grade wearables may not have the same precision as their medical-grade counterparts, but they certainly seem to by favored by patients. In a newly published study investigating adherence to continuous tracking device use, researchers observed a high rates of adherence and very low attrition among a group of mid-risk cardiovascular patients instructed to wear Fitbit devices. These rates...
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