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IBM, Apple to release healthcare enterprise app in Q1

Although the IBM-Apple partnership for enterprise mobility has yet to make a healthcare-focused app public, one is coming up in the first quarter of 2015, and the two companies are still planning to make healthcare a focus of their sales pitch, according to a job posting
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Under Armour spends $560M to acquire MyFitnessPal and Endomondo

Baltimore, Maryland-based athletics apparel company Under Armour is acquiring two health and fitness app makers: San Francisco-based fitness platform MyFitnessPal and Denmark-based Endomondo. Endomondo, which makes free GPS-based tracking apps, went
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Monica Healthcare raises $3M for second gen wireless fetal monitor

UK-based fetal monitor maker Monica Healthcare raised $3 million (2 million British pounds) from existing investors Catapult Ventures, the New Hill Growth Fund, East Midlands Business Angels, the University of Nottingham as well as
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Report: At least 14 hospitals in talks to pilot Apple HealthKit

At least 14 hospitals are now either actively involved in a HealthKit pilot or in talks to roll one out, according to a new report from Reuters. Google and Samsung are beginning to approach hospitals to use their platform as well. Reuters didn’t name the 14
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Under Armour working with NBC on its fitness app, Radius

At the end of 2014 NBCUniversal launched a new digital fitness offering, called Radius. The multi-platform service provides consumers with unlimited access to fitness videos for a weekly, semi-annual, or annual subscription. The media conglomerate’s
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In a study 10 percent of diabetes patients actively used app when “prescribed”

A recently-published 8-week study of diabetes patients, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, showed that only about 20 percent used an app provided by their clinician with any sort of regularity. Of those, only half were active users. In the small
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Study: Consumer wearables track steps pretty well, caloric expenditure not so much

A new study from the American Council on Exercise (ACE) looked at five popular consumer activity trackers and evaluated them for accuracy. The study found that five devices — Nike+ FuelBand, Fitbit Ultra, Jawbone UP, BodyMedia FitCore and Adidas MiCoach — all
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CIT GAP Fund invests in Ostendio to help healthtech companies with HIPAA

The Center for Innovative Technology GAP Fund has invested an undisclosed amount in Ostendio, a DC-based company that developed a software-as-a-service offering aimed at helping health IT companies better achieve and prove HIPAA compliance. CIT GAP Fund, a group
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In-Depth: Under Armour’s fitness app acquisition spree

By Jonah Comstock When Under Armour bought MapMyFitness for $150 million in November 2013, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank specifically told the Wall Street Journal it was not the start of an acquisition spree. This week, Under Armour changed that
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Webinar: Texting for health. A proven patient engagement, communication strategy

More than any other channel, text messaging is a proven way to improve patient engagement and health outcomes while remaining cost-effective for healthcare providers. From appointment reminders, to general behavior change and managing chronic health conditions,
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New Google Glass App Brings Facebook Messages to Glass

I’m betting you haven’t looked at the Glassware directory lately (like me), so you may be as pleasantly surprised as me to learn that there are a pair of new apps that have been added recently. One is built with a very niche audience in mind, while the

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Video Voyager App Going Away For Good

This time it’s real. Developer Tim Flack said last summer that he was ready to shut down his Google Glass app, Video Voyager. On Monday night, Flack again emailed the app’s users and confirmed that it’s finally happening later today. Long time users

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NY Times: Sergey Brin Took Glass Public Knowing It Wasn’t A Finished Product

There were disagreements at Google over the usage and readiness of Google Glass, but that didn’t deter Sergey Brin from turning the device into a spectacle when it went public in 2012. That’s my assessment of the main takeaway from an article in

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Nativo App Brings Google Business Listings & Local Information To Glass

It’s a busy week for the Glassware directory. One app went away early this week, two others were recently added and another new app launched Wednesday. It’s called Nativo, and it combines the Glass GPS with the Google Places API to provide information

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Glass Weekly Headlines: February 6, 2015

Here are your Google Glass headlines for the week. Enjoy! Developing for Glass Dead or alive: What next for Google Glass app developers?, startups.co.uk Medical student’s startup uses Google Glass to improve patient-physician relationship, med.stanford.edu Glass

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Under Armour Snatches Up Health And Fitness Trackers Endomondo And MyFitnessPal

underarmour-endomondo-myfitnesspal Endomondo, a social fitness network and publisher of mobile apps that allow users to track
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Here’s How A To Do App Will Work On The Apple Watch

todoist-applewatch Apple’s first wearable arrives in April, but developers are already being told to have software ready to ship by
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Apple Stores Will Implement Jewelry Store Practices To Help Sell The Apple Watch

apple-watch-gold Apple selling the Apple Watch will be a big change for the iPhone-maker, and it is reportedly switching up its retail game to
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British Public Thinks Wearable Tech Is 'Already Redundant'

This is the year of the wearable smart watch. Right?

Well according to these guys it is.

But as for the general public? Well, they’re not so c...

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News: Virtually Real with Microsoft HoloLens, MagicLeap, Sony Morpheus, & FaceBook Oculus Rift

Last summer the tech world was ablaze with the news of the enormous investments being poured into a relatively unheard of company uniquely named “MagicLeap.”  With Google leading a $542 million raise for an otherwise undisclosed VR technology the news

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mHealth & Wearable Tech: The New Stethoscope

mHealth & Wearable Tech: The New Stethoscope WSJ provides an excellent snapshot of how mobile and wearable tech is (and will continue to) change healthcare.  Described as new “tools” of care, mHealth & wearable tech has essentially become the

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News: Virtually Real with Microsoft HoloLens, MagicLeap, Sony Morpheus, & FaceBook Oculus Rift

Last summer the tech world was ablaze with the news of the enormous investments being poured into a relatively unheard of company uniquely named “MagicLeap.”  With Google leading a $542 million raise for an otherwise undisclosed VR technology the news

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Concierge Telemedicine, Todays Version Of The House Call

At one time, going back to the 1960s, house calls were fairly common. Since then, physicians – for a multitude of reasons – have abandoned the house call. Today, that is changing. Due to emerging technologies, a “new” version of the house call

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Positive Computing: The Next Big Thing In Human-Centered Design?

It’s a Friday afternoon at the NASA Ames campus where I have been advising an organization that — among other things — is empowering a new generation of leaders to develop products for future social impact. For several weeks, I have been awaiting the

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At 14, He Vowed To Invent An Affordable Prosthetic Limb. 5 Years Later, Hes Succeeded.

Exceptional. Awe-inspiring. These are just some of the adjectives that have been used to describe Easton LaChappelle, a 19-year-old Colorado teenager whose determination and drive may change the world of robotics and prosthetics for the better. When LaChappelle was

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Employer clinic company Crossover Health raises $15M for digital health-enabled care

Aliso Viejo, California-based healthcare provider Crossover Health raised $15 million from Norwest Venture Partners (NVP) to enhance its patient-facing tools, which include an iPhone app, and create a population health analytics offering. Crossover focuses on
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Dexcom talks smartwatches, decision support on investor call

In a call to investors days after its app won FDA approval, Dexcom CEO Kevin Sayer shared some of the company’s follow-up plans for its new smartphone-connected continuous glucose monitor, including Android and smartwatch apps and apps that will run some
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AliveCor ECG gets FDA clearance for two more algorithms

San Francisco-based AliveCor has received FDA clearance for two new algorithms for its smartphone-connected ECG: one that detects normality and one that detects interference. These follow up on AliveCor’s atrial fibrillation detection algorithm that received
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Jawbone starts selling partners’ devices, apps in new online marketplace

Jawbone, maker of the Jawbone UP activity tracker, has launched an online marketplace for some of the apps and devices that connect to the company’s UP tracker. None of the devices require an UP for use, however. At launch the marketplace is selling six
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Roche, Qualcomm partner to monitor patients on blood thinners

Less than a month after announcing its partnership with Novartis, Qualcomm is adding another big pharmaceutical company to its list of 2net partners: Roche, who will use Qualcomm Life’s 2net platform to capture patient data from connected devices, starting with
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Toumaz made $1M from peel-and-stick vitals sensor last year

Toumaz, a developer of low-power wireless systems, made $1.1 million (750,000 pounds) off the first deployments of its SensiumVitals healthcare monitoring technology according to the company’s annual trading update. That’s up from just $90,000 (60,000
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Webinar today: Digital Health Trends in 2015

This afternoon MobiHealthNews will host its first webinar of the year, aptly focused on Digital Health Trends in 2015. We already have almost 1,700 people registered for today’s event, which starts very soon: at 2PM ET. But there is still time to sign up, and still
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Study: App increases adherence to sun protection

People who used an app designed to help protect themselves from the harmful effects of the sun saw an improvement in adherence to a sun safety regimen, according to two studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association
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Glow taps Walgreens’ Rx API for birth control refills

San Francisco-based Glow, maker of digital health tools for women, integrated Walgreens’ Prescription Refill API into its app so that Glow users can refill their birth control prescriptions directly from their Android or iOS app. This refill
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Health-tracking bodysuits and bed covers plus 7 other crowdfunded health projects

The past few weeks have been good to digital health projects on crowdfunding platforms Indiegogo and Kickstarter. While some of the nine projects below are the latest in a long line of takes on the wristworn activity tracker, others facilitate the tracking
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A Healthy Future for Augmedix

“Augmedix — a service powered by Google Glass — reclaims the hours physicians spend on the computer entering or retrieving data from electronic health records and refocuses them on what matters most: patient care.” Augmedix, of San Francisco,

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Google Glass: A Healthcare Technology to Watch in 2015

Continuing the “Glass is good for healthcare” theme comes news that the device recently made the ECRI Institute’s 2015 “Hospital C-Suite Watch List” — basically, a list of important things this year for medical administrators to

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Glass Weekly Headlines: January 30, 2015

Here are your Google Glass headlines for the week. Enjoy! Glass (The Device) Froma Harrop: Google Glass joins the Failure Hall of Fame, www.providencejournal.com Google Glass Got It Backwards, Forbes Google’s Glass deserves a second life after miscue, USA Today

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Google’s Pichette: Glass Team Was Asked to “Reset Their Strategy”

Google Glass came up briefly Thursday as Google revealed its Q4 2014 earnings, when Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette spoke briefly about the recent decision to close the Explorer program and stop selling the current version of Glass. Pichette was telling

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Tim Cook Says Apple Watch Ships In April

apple watch The Apple Watch will start shipping in April to consumers, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook, who revealed that month as the expected
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Google CFO Calls Glass A Case Where The Company Needed To “Pause” And “Reset”

glass_google_flickr_blue Google’s Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette wasn’t too optimistic about the future of Google
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Microsoft shows off smart scarf prototype, updates Band

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Microsoft is increasingly moving into the world of wearables, both through conceptual moonshots like the smart
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Health Recovery Solutions raises $1M for tablet-based patient engagement

Health Recovery Solutions
New York City-based Health Recovery Solutions raised $1 million from undisclosed investors, the company’s
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Wearable tech could more accurately predict falls, assess MS disease state

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A Dublin, Ireland-based company, Kinesis, has found that its QTUG system, which uses
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Most states with CMS-backed SHIP grants are investing in telehealth, digital tools

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Nineteen states intend to invest more in telehealth this year as they roll out innovative
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Report: Fitbit expected to IPO in 2015, Jawbone experiments with brands

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A pair of (worthwhile but lengthy) features running in Fortune and Forbes this week offered up an in-depth look at 16-year-old health and fitness
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Ringly raises $5.1M for smart ring with health, fitness potential

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New York City-based smart ring developer Ringly raised $5.1 million in a round led by Andreessen Horowitz with participation
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Augmedix, Pristine: Glass in healthcare is stronger than ever

A Glass-wearing doctor, from Augmedix's website.
Last week, Google made a controversial announcement about Google Glass: that the Explorer program (by
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What would Samsung buying BlackBerry mean for healthcare?

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Despite denials from both companies involved, rumors continue to circulate, based on reports from Reuters and the Financial Post, that Samsung wants to buy — or at least
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