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By Jonah Comstock January 8, 2014
CES is upon us again. According to the Boston Globe, the Las Vegas consumer electronics show is dedicating 40 percent more floor space to digital health than last year and more than 300 digital health companies are exhibiting. Whether or not those stats are illustrative, digital health is still a more popular topic at CES than it ever has been. And with more and more big companies like Sony and...
By Brian Dolan October 7, 2013
Humana was the mystery buyer of Boston-based health engagement company Healthrageous, Babyforyou.net.ua has learned. Healthrageous sold its assets to Humana and a number of Healthrageous employees who supported the platform will also be joining the insurance company. Babyforyou.net.ua first reported last week that Healthrageous had shut down and had its assets acquired. The financial details of the...
By Jonah Comstock September 5, 2013
Virgin HealthMiles' current GoZone pedometer. Virgin HealthMiles, a gamified employee wellness program, announced that, starting in October, it will let employees invite up to three family members to use the program for free. Between adding family members and drawing in new members because of the perk, Virgin HealthMiles expects its user base to see a big boost in the next year. "On the scale...
By Jonah Comstock August 29, 2013
Audax Health Solutions has announced a $20 million funding raise led by Navigy Holdings, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Florida Blue Cross Blue Shield. Additional contributors to the round include former Aetna CEO and current Audax board member Jack Rowe and Dan Rose, VP of Partnerships at Facebook. This round is the company's first publicly-announced equity raise, although the company reports it...
By Jonah Comstock May 30, 2013
Polar, the longtime makers of heartrate-monitoring watches and chest straps, has launched a Bluetooth Smart-enabled, iPhone-connected activity tracker. The Polar Stride Sensor Bluetooth Smart is a small device that clips to the shoe and tracks stride-length, speed, running cadence, and distance. Activity tracker maker Fitbit notably uses Bluetooth Smart in its devices, but while Fitbit is geared...
By Jonah Comstock December 10, 2012
The Nike+ Fuel Band According to ABI research, nearly 30 million "wireless wearable health devices" were shipped in 2012, a 37 percent growth from 2011. Jonathan Collins, lead analyst on the study, told Babyforyou.net.ua that the report only looked at devices worn on the body (nothing subdermal), with some form of wireless connectivity, and related in some way to monitoring health. The 30 million...
By Brian Dolan August 9, 2012
IMS Research seems to pile on to growing number of research reports that point to wearable devices as an important trend in digital health: According to IMS by 2016 the "minimum revenue opportunity" for wearable devices will be $6 billion. IMS Research notes that the current market for wearable devices is concentrated around a small group of products in the healthcare, medical, fitness, and...
By Brian Dolan February 22, 2012
In five years the number of wearable wireless health and fitness devices will hit 169.5 million, according to a report from ABI Research. That's up from almost 21 million such devices last year. By 2017 the number of sports and fitness focused wearable wireless devices will still outnumber more health-focused ones, but not by much. ABI expects about 90 million wearable fitness devices to be in...
By Chris Gullo November 28, 2011
Garmin's app, Garmin Fit The market for sports and fitness apps will cross $400 million in 2016, according to a new report from ABI Research. The rise of apps for connected wearable fitness devices will be a primary factor in the industry's growth (ABI predicted 80 million such sensors by 2016). ABI predicts that there will be more than 1 billion annual health-related app downloads by the year...
By Brian Dolan August 4, 2011
Fitness app maker RunKeeper has added eight new partners to its Health Graph, which it announced today in a blog post. According to the company, hundreds of apps are in the process of integrating with Health Graph. The Health Graph API, which launched as an alpha release this June, allows users to aggregate data from the RunKeeper mobile app with other health and tracking services to provide a...