Consumer

By Jonah Comstock 02:38 pm June 3, 2019
Update/Correction: This story has been updated with an additional statement from GreatCall. In addition, the headline originally referred erroneously to the Lively Mobile device, which was not affected by the defect or the recall. Best Buy subsidiary GreatCall has quietly and voluntarily recalled some portion of its recently-launched Lively MobilePlus devices, and has halted the sale of new units...
By Dave Muoio 02:11 pm June 3, 2019
Best Buy has acquired remote senior monitoring service Critical Signal Technologies (CST) and will use its platform to bolster a push into the Medicare Advantage market, the retail electronics company shared during a May 23 investor call. Best Buy did not outline the terms of the deal during the call, only specifying that it had closed during Q2, funded with existing cash and not expected to have...
By Dave Muoio 11:40 am June 3, 2019
T1D Exchange, a Boston-based nonprofit that promotes Type 1 diabetes research, has announced the launch of an open online patient data registry. By collecting information from children and adults with the condition, the group hopes to build a substantial longitudinal cohort that will drive new treatment development research and influence new policy or reimbursement decisions. After creating an...
By Dave Muoio 10:46 am May 30, 2019
Heal, maker of an app for booking and processing physician house calls, is making an unexpected addition to its platform: a built-in telemedicine feature that customers may use to conduct voice or video calls with a provider. For a company that often stresses the value and benefits of an in-person visit, the decision to introduce a degree of separation between the patient and a clinician may seem...
By Dave Muoio 12:13 pm May 29, 2019
The summer of 2016 was dominated by a digital wellness app that few saw coming: Pokémon Go, a mobile game that used GPS and augmented reality to encourage players to explore real-world locations. And while the initial spike of mainstream consumer interest dropped off within a few months, The Pokémon Company and app developer Niantic (a Google spinout) have gradually won players back with content...
By Dave Muoio 02:55 pm May 28, 2019
Aggregated real-world outcome data collected from thousands of Medtronic MiniMed 670G users indicate that patients on the system spend an average 71% of their time within an optimal glycemic range. Collected from nearly 8 million days of recorded system use and announced by Medtronic today in a press release, the new findings also suggest that this rate increased further for those who employed...
By Jonah Comstock 02:18 pm May 28, 2019
Dr. Roni Zeiger, cofounder and CEO of Smart Patients and ex-chief health strategist at Google, is leaving his startup after seven years to join Facebook as the social network giant's Head of Health Strategy, a position Facebook appears to have newly created. Zeiger quietly announced the news in a post on his own blog entitled "An Opportunity I Can’t Resist." Based on that short post, it appears...
By Dave Muoio 11:47 am May 28, 2019
This month’s news that Apple had picked up the patent rights for a passive health monitoring system from startup Tueo Health does not appear to the only business occurring between the two companies. On Friday, CNBC reported that the consumer tech company had also outright acquired the small respiratory health company for an undisclosed sum. Tueo Health’s website was pulled down at some point late...
By Dave Muoio 03:04 pm May 23, 2019
Amazon is building a wrist-worn device and accompanying app that listens to the wearer’s voice to identify their emotions, according to an anonymous source as well as internal documents acquired and reported on by Bloomberg. The system, codenamed Dylan, is intended to be used as a health and wellness product, and might be adapted to provide the wearer guidance on how they may more effectively...
By Dave Muoio 03:45 pm May 22, 2019
Comcast is actively working on an in-home device for monitoring the health of seniors, people with disabilities and other at-risk individuals, according to anonymous sources cited by CNBC (whose parent company NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast). The telecommunications giant is planning pilots of the device and service before the end of the year, and could potentially aim for a 2020 commercial...