watching your health
Medical device maker Dexcom has been showing off iPhone and Apple Watch integration for its implantable diabetes glucose monitors for the past few…
New types of sensor technology, rapidly growing analytics enabled by big data, and the new business models that IoT may catalyze will have a major impact on health care in the future.
Using information about body mass index and nutrition, Glow plans to improve its capabilities for predicting when women are most fertile.
Nike has introduced its newest activity tracker, the FuelBand SE, which comes in black with a range of colors on the inside band and adds several features to improve fitness monitoring.
Sandstone Diagnostics, a finalist in an upcoming digital health startup competition, wants to help men get comfortable with tracking their fertility.
Sprint and Techstars are launching a new mobile health-focused startup accelerator in Kansas City.
After more than two years of waiting, mobile health app developers are finally getting some clarity from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on what it plans to regulate.
Popular diet and exercise tracking app MyFitnessPal has raised $18 million in a Series A round of funding.
After drawing headlines with its first app uChek Lite, Biosense Technologies plans to crowdfund its latest product on Indiegogo.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology want to help scientific researchers work with companies and individuals to make sense of the growing mounds of personal health data.
To help patients find the mobile health apps physicians actually deem useful, online community HealthTap is launching a health app directory featuring recommendations and reviews from doctors.
San Francisco-based Ringadoc has raised an additional $700,000 to help doctors streamline communication with patients.
As doctors prepare for an influx of new patients, PingMD, a newly-relaunched mobile app, wants to help doctors more efficiently communicate with patients and peers.
Qualcomm Life has acquired HealthyCircles, a startup founded by a former Microsoft HealthVault executive.
As more of our lives go digital, a Philadelphia startup has a plan for making our flimsy paper insurance cards virtual.
New York-based health startup Greatist has acquired fitness class discovery app Sportaneous in a move meant to build the company’s tech chops.
New York-based Kinsa is trying to create a real-time picture of the country’s health with a smartphone and a simplified digital thermometer.
The “digital exhaust” from your mobile phones and other devices could give doctors a valuable window into your wellbeing.
As digital health technology booms, MDRevolution is a first stab at trying to show how mobile health tracking tools, genetic assessments and personalized coaching can work together.
WebMD and Qualcomm are partnering up to help consumers sync and analyze data from wireless health and fitness devices.
In its first major acquisition, electronic health records provider Practice Fusion has purchased 100plus, a personalized health prediction mobile startup.
Investors put a total of $272 million into 47 deals in health tech last month, according to Startup Health. Our graphic shows some of the other investment highlights from January in health tech.
Sotera Wireless, the company behind the VisiMobile patient monitoring device, has raised $14.8 million in its latest round of funding.
Mobile diabetes-management startup Glooko has hired its first CEO, former Intuit Health executive Rick Altinger, launched a new product in the U.S. and recently received FDA clearance to sell its products to patients over the counter.
Athenahealth, a provider of Electronic Health Records software and other online services for doctors and hospitals, on Monday said that it plans to acquire Epocrates, a drug reference app used by about half of the country’s doctors.
PatientSafe, a San Diego-based medical technology company, on Monday announced that it had raised $20 million in a Series C round of financing led by health care giant Merck’s Global Health Innovation Fund.
Mobile health is on the upswing but, to date, consumers have mostly gravitated to apps for fitness tracking and general wellness. In 2013, however, the field could make its biggest strides yet in the actual delivery of healthcare services.
One of the latest startups aiming to bring comparison shopping to health, PokitDok this week launched a new mobile app that lets consumers search for local healthcare and wellness providers to find prices that match their budgets.
In a study released Thursday, the Pew Internet & American Life Project reported that more than half of smartphone owners consult their devices for medical information and one-fifth of them say they have downloaded a health app.
Health tracking doesn’t need to involve high-tech apps and devices. According to early results from a Pew Internet & American Life Project study, 7 in 10 Americans could be considered self-trackers, if you consider those who monitor health with notebooks, journals and mental notes.
Tictrac, a U.K.-based startup, integrates with data from a range of third-party apps and tools — from those that monitor health and activity to those that track social activity and fundraising — to help users make the most of their personal data.
Rock Health, a San Francisco-based accelerator for health tech startups, Thursday announced its fourth class of companies. In addition to introducing the class, the accelerator announced that Kaiser Permanente is joining its roster of partners.
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.
Startup Health, the New York-based academy for health and wellness entrepreneurship, has launched an online platform for connecting startups, investors and customers in health tech and tracking funding in the sector.
In an article in the latest issue of Wired magazine, longtime Intel CEO Andy Grove argues “1950s-era thinking” still prevails in healthcare and that patients need more data about healthcare costs and medical histories.
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.
Healthrageous, a Boston-based startup, has raised $6.5 million in Series B funding to enhance its mobile and desktop platform that gives patients a personalized, data-driven way to track and improve their health.
With twelve years, two companies and a total of $100 million in venture capital funds raised, Jeff Tangney knows his way around health tech. The Epocrates and Doximity co-founder said the health tech landscape is changing and offered entrepreneurs in the field a little guidance.
A new report from health startup accelerator Rock Health shows that funders have invested $1.08 billion in digital health startups this year, which already eclipses the $956 million they spent in all of last year.
New York-based Startup Health Academy is announcing its newest class of companies, which cover a broad spectrum of issues, from telehealth and physician engagement to social health information and managing health expenses.
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.
Former executives from mobile gaming company ngmoco are set to launch Mango Health, a San Francisco-based health startup focused on developing mobile applications that use game design principles to help consumers improve and manage their health.
According to a Pew Internet & American Life report released Thursday, caregivers are more likely than other Internet users to look for health information online and take advantage of social tools related to 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, 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.
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 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’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 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’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 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.
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, 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.
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.