Mobile health

ZocDoc heads west with new flagship office in Phoenix

Now that it serves patients and doctors in 31 major metropolitan areas across the country, New York-based ZocDoc is opening its second flagship office in Phoenix. The new office will focus on sales and operations and help move ZocDoc to a 24/7 service model.

Will monitoring our health be like managing a stock portfolio?

Stephen Wolfram, the scientist and innovator behind Wolfram Alpha and Mathematica, has spent decades tracking his personal information. As the collection of personal data becomes more mainstream, he believes people could watch their health in a manner similar to how they manage their financial portfolios.

Fitbit doubles down on mobile health with Zip and One trackers

Fitbit is following up its hot-selling Ultra fitness tracker with two new devices, the Fitbit Zip and Fitbit One. Both will support Bluetooth 4.0, allowing for more real-time syncing with compatible devices. Fitbit is also introducing new social tools to better motivate users.

Kleiner-backed Noom coaches you to better health

Noom, a maker of Android-based fitness and health apps, has found success with its flagship app Noom Weight Loss Coach because it doesn’t require users to enter in a lot of data. The app tries to deliver timely coaching lessons that can still motivate users.

Striiv tries to make mobile health a daily addiction

Striiv, a mobile device that tracks movement and provides fun motivation like a personal trainer, has released some statistics on how users are actually engaging with the pocket gadget. Users check their Striiv 29 times a day on average and a majority check-in every day.

Netra turns smartphones into a $2 portable eye exam

Shown off at TEDxBoston, Netra is a $2 solution for mobile eye exams. The Netra clips to a phone, and users tap buttons on the touchscreen display until images seen in the Netra are aligned. The device can measure for nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.

RunKeeper takes next step toward total health tracking

RunKeeper is taking another step forward with its HealthGraph API initiative by updating its user reports feature. New, simpler Fitness Reports incorporate more health data. As the number of health-related gadgets and apps grows, RunKeeper’s HealthGraph API is becoming the glue to track such data.

Jawbone pauses UP production to fix bugs, offers refund

Jawbone’s UP wristband endured some glitches and bugs that have marred its launch and prompted some reviewers to withhold their full blessing. Now, the company is addressing those concerns by identifying the problems, pausing production while it fixes them and offering a money back guarantee to consumers.

RunKeeper raises $10M to become the Facebook of fitness

RunKeeper has raced past its original concept as a mobile app to track runs to become a health platform that ties together all manner of fitness data. Now, it’s raising $10 million to fuel its transformation to become a sort of Facebook for fitness.

Motorola chases the smart watch fitness market with MotoACTV

Motorola’s big news was supposed to be the resurrection of the Razr brand with the Droid Razr but the manufacturer took people by surprise with a new fitness and music watch called MotoACTV that drops Motorola into a fast growing market for mobile fitness devices.

Motorola brings out the big guns with Droid Razr

Motorola and Verizon revived the Razr brand with a new Droid Razr, an extremely thin LTE Android smartphone with a dual core 1.2 GHz processor and a super AMOLED display. And it’s got some nice software improvements as well that make it really competitive.

Mobile phones shifting from fun to fundamental

Analyst Chetan Sharma, in a new white paper, said the impact of mobile, which has been on focused mostly on higher self needs, is now shifting to more basic issues like health care. It’s in these more utilitarian areas where opportunities exist.

Azumio collects $2.5M to turn smartphones into health monitors

Azumio, a mobile health startup whose first app, Instant Heart Rate, was downloaded 8 million times, has just raised $2.5 million from Founders Fund, Accel Partners and Felicis Ventures. It shows that there’s a lot of opportunity ahead in mobile health applications.

Jawbone goes the health monitor route with wrist sensor

Fresh off its $70 million funding round, Jawbone is now turning its eyes to the growing opportunity in wearable health monitors with a wrist sensor product. Called UP, it’s a wristband equipped with an application that combines tracking and analysis of movements, nutrition and sleep patterns.