Bluetooth

By Jonah Comstock October 2, 2014
Glooko, which makes a cable that syncs popular glucose meters to a companion app on smartphones, has always said it plans eventually to replace that cable with a wireless Bluetooth connection. Today, the company announced that they've finally released that product, the Bluetooth MeterSync Blue. The small box will plug into a patient's glucose meter and send the information wireless, via Bluetooth...
By Brian Dolan January 16, 2014
Alere Connect, formerly known as MedApps before it was acquired by Alere, announced FDA clearance this week for its latest home health hub, HomeLink. The clearance rounds out Alere Connect's portfolio of hub devices to three main options: HomeLink, MobileLink, and HealthPAL. While each of the hub devices uses a cellular radio for backhaul -- no need to connect it via ethernet or your home WiFi...
By Brian Dolan December 5, 2013
Last year the global medical device connectivity market was worth $3.5 billion, according to a recent report from Transparency Market Research. The firm expects the market to hit $33.5 billion by 2019 with an impressive compound annual growth rate of nearly 38 percent between 2013 and 2019. Citing the increasing adoption of electronic medical records, Transparency says North America was the...
By Jonah Comstock November 13, 2013
Jawbone's UP bracelet does pretty well in the activity tracker space, at least according to CEO Hossain Rahman who told Fortune the company was experiencing "crazy sell-through demand" when the company borrowed $93 million in September. But one glaring omission in Jawbone's product offering, cited in FixYa's consumer feedback report in August, is the omission of wireless syncing. While the Fitbit...
By Jonah Comstock October 30, 2013
iHealth Labs, a subsidiary of China-based Andon Health, has finally released it's Bluetooth-enabled, smartphone-connected glucometer first announced nearly a year ago at CES in Las Vegas. The device, called the Wireless Smart Gluco-Monitoring System, received FDA 510(k) clearance in April. The device connects via Bluetooth Low Energy to a companion app on an iOS or Android smartphone. The app...
By Jonah Comstock May 8, 2013
At the American Telemedicine Association in Austin Texas, Nonin showed off its newest product, the Nonin 3230 Bluetooth Smart-enabled pulse oximeter. The product is still awaiting FDA 510(K) clearance, but the product is on track to be the first wireless pulse oximeter to use the low energy communication protocol, also known as Bluetooth 4 or Bluetooth LE. The device is worn on the fingertip with...
By Jonah Comstock April 3, 2013
The Fitbit Flex is a Bluetooth 4.0- enabled activity tracker. Bluetooth 4.0. or Bluetooth Smart, is emerging as the leading connectivity protocol for fitness devices, and the medical market is likely to follow soon, according to industry analysts in statements released by the Bluetooth SIG. Bluetooth SIG announced that since 2008 it has qualified 142 medical products and 56 fitness products. In...
By Brian Dolan March 12, 2013
After almost exactly four years, Johnson & Johnson company LifeScan has announced the launch of a Bluetooth-enabled glucose meter and companion iPhone app similar to the one the company showed off on-stage at an Apple World Wide Developer's Conference in 2009 for the launch of iPhone 3.0. As MobiHealthNews exclusively reported following the Apple presentation, the LifeScan demonstration was...
By Brian Dolan January 24, 2013
Last year Misfit Wearables' activity monitoring device Shine met its goal of raising $100,000 on Indiegogo in less than 10 hours after launching on the crowdfunding site. Last week Misfit's two month campaign came to close with about $846,000 raised from almost 8,000 people from 64 countries and all 50 states. All told, the company now has pre-orders for about 10,000 Shine devices, which it aims...
By Neil Versel October 18, 2012
Embedded Wireless Labs, a Dallas-based maker of a remote patient monitoring platform and a new mobile personal emergency response system (mPERS), has signed an exclusive deal with AT&T to add 4G LTE connectivity to its products. AT&T will provide the ultrafast mobile data service for continuous monitoring of the elderly, people with chronic diseases and others recently discharged from...

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