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Can We Find Meaning In Our Wearable Data? Exist Thinks So

Thanks to a recent explosion of wearable devices and continuing improvements in smartphone sensors, we’re collecting more data about ourselves than ever before: steps taken, sleep had, calories burned, distance run, and many other metrics. There’s still

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$117 Billion Market For Internet of Things In Healthcare By 2020

According to a new report from MarketResearch.com, the healthcare Internet of Things market segment is poised to hit $117 billion by 2020. Depending on the company talking about it, you will hear different terms: Internet of Things (abbreviated IoT by many companies),

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Rugged tablet consolidation: Xplore buys Motion Computing for $9M

Austin, Texas-based Motion Computing, a longtime player in the semi-rugged tablet space that served the healthcare industry among others, has been acquired by rugged tablet PC maker Xplore, also based in Austin. Earlier this month Xplore bought Motion’s assets for
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Survey: 33 percent of wearable tech users said fitness bands will impact enterprise

Some 33 percent of wearable tech users said fitness bands would have a large impact on enterprise and 21 percent anticipate a quick adoption rate, according to an online Salesforce survey of 500 wearable tech adopters and full-time business professionals. The
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BurstIQ raises $250K for health data aggregation, security platform

Colorado startup BurstIQ has raised $250,000 from Colorado Springs-based PV Ventures for its cloud-based data aggregation platform for providers and patients. “The combination of sensors, mobile, and platform will make healthcare personal again, and it will
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Voalte raises $10M more for mobile hospital comms

Sarasota, Florida-based Voalte, which offers a suite of smartphone-based communication tools to nurses and other hospital caregivers, has raised $10 million, according to an SEC filing. This brings the company’s total funding to at least $52 million.
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Under Armour added 10 million new users for its fitness apps since February

Under Armour continues to grow its membership base for what it’s calling its Connected Fitness business — the three apps the company acquired in the past two years as well as its existing UA Record app — even as the company explores its new
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Glow adds fertility tracking for men to app

Glow has announced that its fertility tracking app will now help men track and troubleshoot their fertility as well. Previously, women could add a partner account to their app for a man, but this account just helped the man support the woman who was
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Blue Cross of Idaho launches smartphone app for members

A few weeks ago Blue Cross of Idaho launched an app, available on iOS and Android devices, for its members so they have access to information about their healthcare plan. The health insurer tapped Kony and UST Global to develop the app. Members are able to log
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Remote monitoring pilots may drop hospitalizations, but what happens when the program ends?

A retrospective matched-pair cohort study of 348 patients in Partners HealthCare’s Boston-area hospitals shows that remote monitoring in congestive heart failure patients can reduce 120-day hospitalizations and mortality. Interestingly, while the reduction in
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EyeNetra launches in-person, optometry house visits in NYC

Somerville, Massachusetts-based eye diagnostic tool maker EyeNetra has launched a new service called Blink, which brings eye tests to the patient, in New York City. Blink emphasizes that the appointments are only for users who need to be tested for glasses, not
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Fitness tracking devices still outsell smartwatches, but that could change soon

A survey of more than 1,000 consumers from ON World showed that fitness is the most important application for wearable users. More than half of likely wearable device owners would use their devices, either activity tracking devices or smartwatches, for fitness.
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What The Apple Watch Could Be

Apple Watch Siri What is the Apple Watch? The simple answer is Apple’s first smartwatch. In fact Apple calls it its
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Microsoft Embraces Apple Watch With OneDrive Update For Viewing Photos From Your Wrist

apple-watch-onedrive Despite having its own wearable on the market with the Microsoft Band, Microsoft will support the Apple Watch, it
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Apple Offers Developers Chance To Purchase Apple Watch, Guarantees Shipping By April 28th

Apple Watch leather loop Apple is sending out emails to developers, offering them a chance to purchase an Apple Watch Sport for delivery by April
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Why You’ll Hate the Apple Watch And The Important Business Lesson You Need To Learn

Apple Watch leather loop If you are among the 19 million people Apple predicts will buy an Apple Watch, I have some bad news for you — I’m
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Put A Gold Band On It

bey-watch-feat Nothing separates the “haves” and the 1% like a prohibitively expensive consumer product. Whether it’s a Hermes
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Two New Apple Watch Apps, Knock And oneID, Let You Unlock Your Mac From Your Wrist (And More)

watch-mac-unlock As mobile developers rush to release applications compatible with Apple’s new wearable device, the Apple Watch, many are
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Many Apple Watch Orders Will Ship Earlier Than Expected

apple-watch-drawer1 Many customers who ordered the Apple Watch have been receiving email notifications alerting them that their orders are
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Browse The Web Like It’s 1995 With Cufflink For Apple Watch

Cufflink An iOS developer has built what he reckons is the first browser app for Apple Watch — and managed to get it
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Hello Heart raises $1.3M for consumer-facing lab data app

Redwood, California-based health app maker Hello Heart has raised $1.3 million in a round led by Resolute Ventures with participation from angel investors including Waze CEO Noam Bardin, BlueRun ventures Co-founder John Malloy, and Facebook
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Review: Most text message health interventions were effective

A majority of published text message interventions between 2009 and 2014 that addressed diabetes self-management, weight loss, physical activity, smoking cessation, and medication adherence were effective, according to a systematic review of reviews published
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Arkansas, Idaho pass bills that allow limited telemedicine use

Shortly after the Arkansas House of Representatives rejected a bill that would have allowed telemedicine companies to offer services within the state, the House has passed a more limited bill, which had already cleared the Senate, increasing the allowable range of
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Survey: Employers spend about $700 per head on wellness incentives, but few workers partake

A new survey of 121 employers from Fidelity Investments and the National Business Group on Health shows that employer spending on incentive-based wellness programs is up an average of $100 per head over last year. Respondents said they planned to spend an average of
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Webinar today: Digital health tools for providers

This afternoon — in just minutes actually — we’ll be kicking off our next MobiHealthNews webinar: Digital health tools for physicians and nurses that fit their workflow. In just a few short years smart mobile devices have become indispensable tools
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In-Depth: Pharma steps up digital health efforts

For the more than six years that MobiHealthNews has been covering the world of mobile and digital health pharma has always been one group that seemed just ready to break in. While providers and even payors have publicly gotten their hands dirty experimenting
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Schmidt: Glass Still a Fundamental Platform for Google

Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman, told The Wall Street Journal today that reports of the demise of Google Glass aren’t just exaggerated, they’re untrue. “There’s nothing about adjusting Glass that suggests we’re ending

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Boeing Tests Google Glass, Says It Could Be A ‘Game Changer’ For Employees

Boeing is one of the latest major corporations to give Google Glass a shot in the workplace, and the company’s early testing was promising, to say the least. One manager said Glass and hands-free devices like it could be a “game changer.” The company

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Glass Weekly Headlines: March 27, 2015

Here are your Google Glass headlines for the week. Enjoy! Glass (The Device) Google Glass May Not Be Dead, But It Sure Needs A Complete Overhaul, Forbes Google wants to teach you how to dance with Google Glass, qz.com Using Glass Centerville police use Google glasses

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Apple Watch, Shmapple Watch. Here’s A Watch That’s Full Of Ants!

ant_gif_cleaner-1 Assume, for sanity’s sake, that this isn’t an April Fool’s joke. If we begin our exploration of the Ant
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How The Apple Watch And iPhone 6 Plus Might Flip Your Mobile Computing Habits

IMG_8970 Apple’s new wearable hardware could eventually become much more than just an optional accessory – eventually, it could be one half
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Olio Creates A Homebrew Smartwatch With Some Amazing Features

Olio-Model-1-Smartwatch-16 It’s not every day I’m impressed by a smartwatch. Plenty of Android Wear and Pebble devices
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HTC launches Fun Fit activity tracking app, but it’s not for Grip

HTC, manufacturer of Android and Windows mobile devices, has released an activity tracking app in the Google Play store, called Fun Fit. The app tracks steps, distance, calories burned, and time spent being active. It creates daily, weekly, monthly,
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Atari steps into fitness with health app launch, partners with Walgreens

Game production company Atari has launched a fitness app, called Atari Fit for Android and iOS devices. Atari partnered with 8BitFit, a company that develops smartphone-based fitness games, and Gametheory, a production studio, to develop the app. Atari also
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Keas launches Health Hub to move into health benefits management

Corporate wellness platform Keas has launched a new product for self-insured employers, called Health Hub. It aims to be a comprehensive health benefits management platform that incorporates Keas’s existing employee wellness offering as well as health
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Modernizing Medicine picks up another $5M from IBM and others

Modernizing Medicine has secured a $5 million investment, completing the $20 million funding round the company began last November. One of the investors in the round was IBM, through its $100 million fund to seed Watson innovations. The company is not disclosing the
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Is peer-reviewed science too slow to track wearable accuracy?

Fitness wearables are big these days. Going on a tenth of the population has them, their visibility is on the rise through TV commercials, and even the President is talking about getting one. And, of course, the upcoming Apple Watch will feature fitness tracking
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Collective Health raises $38M for employer self insurance platform

San Mateo, California-based Collective Health has raised $38 million in a round led by Founders Fund and NEA, with participation from Formation 8, Redpoint Ventures, RRE Ventures, Subtraction Capital, and Rock Health. Collective Health has developed a software as a
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Omron launches smartphone-connected activity tracker, fitness app

Japanese medical device company Omron Healthcare, which has been marketing digital thermometers and blood pressure monitors for over 50 years, just launched its first smartphone-connected activity tracker, along with a new app that tracks fitness data and integrates with
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In-Depth: Provider adoption of digital patient engagement tools

You can’t avoid the term “patient engagement” in healthcare today, and for good reason. Health Affairs explains that “‘patient activation’ refers to a patient’s knowledge, skills, ability, and willingness to manage his or her own
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Three out of four patients want easy data sharing between physicians

Some 75 percent of US adults said it is “very important” that their important health information can be easily shared between physicians, hospitals, and other health care providers, according to a survey of 1,011 adults conducted by ORC
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MedaCheck raises $1M for its medication reminder tablet device for seniors

Cincinnati, Ohio-based MedaCheck, a company that sells a dedicated medication reminder tablet for seniors, has raised $1.1 million in a round led by Queen City Angels. The tablet aims to help seniors who have trouble managing their medication. When the
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This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Apple Watch, Macbook, Chromebook Pixel

gadgets150313 It’s been an amazing week for gadgets, with Apple announcing the pricing for the Apple Watch, as well as the unveil of the
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Romain Jerome Announces The Subcraft, The Mechanical Watch That Looks Digital

subcraft Sometimes it’s nice to have a little something mechanical in your life. To wit: the Romain Jerome Subcraft is the company’s latest
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Pebble Time Kickstarter Drew 167% More Money Per Hour The Day After Apple’s Event

pebbletime The Pebble Time Kickstarter gained some momentum thanks to Apple’s special Watch event Monday. The new smartwatch from the
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TC AppleCast 9: New MacBook And Apple Watch First Impressions

TC-applecast16-9 This week you get TWO AppleCast episodes, because that’s just how much Apple news we had thanks to Apple’s special
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Intel And Google Team Up With TAG Heuer To Bring Android Wear Uptown

Tag-Heuer-Mikrogirder-2000-watch-7 Your next Android Wear watch could be a TAG Heuer. Intel and Google are today announcing a
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BCBSMA, American Well to launch video visits pilot with two physician groups

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has partnered with American Well to pilot the company’s video visits offering, called WellConnection, with two physician groups, Emerson Physician Hospital Organization (Emerson PHO) and Lowell General Physician Hospital
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Homeland Security taps two accelerators to push wearables for first responders

Dallas-based accelerator Tech Wildcatters and Chicago-based accelerator TechNexus have announced that they are accepting applications for a new incubator program, called Emerge. The program, which will include 10 to 15 companies across the two accelerators, will
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Cerner taps Validic to bring patient-generated data into portal

Durham, North Carolina-based health data company Validic has partnered with electronic health records vendor Cerner in a deal that will allow healthcare providers using the Cerner EHR to enable patients to import clinical, fitness, wellness and
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