Consumer Reports

By Jonah Comstock January 25, 2016
There’s been much ado lately about Fitbit’s heart rate tracking technology, found in its Fitbit Charge HR and Fitbit Surge trackers. A recent class action lawsuit alleges that the devices are inaccurate and endanger consumers and a second lawsuit says the technology infringes on Valencell’s patents.  Now Consumer Reports, which proclaimed the accuracy of the devices when it reviewed them...
By Jonah Comstock March 4, 2015
Healthgrades was one of the ratings looked at in the study. As payors increasingly consider giving patients price transparency tools to compare hospitals, there are also a number of groups looking to provide comparison tools for hospital quality. But a new study in Health Affairs shows that those comparison tools, even from seemingly reputable sources, are wildly inconsistent. "To better...
By Jonah Comstock August 28, 2013
Software developer Ringful Health, developers of the first mobile health app to integrate with the now-defunct Google Health, has teamed up with Consumer Reports to create an app to help patients choose the most effective, and often cheapest, prescription drug for their conditions. The app, called Best Drugs for Less, lists the best drugs based on "comparative medical research into effectiveness...
By Brian Dolan May 14, 2013
For many years there has been a common refrain for mobile health app discovery: There's no Consumer Reports for health apps. With tens of thousands of health-related smartphone apps, dozens of direct-to-consumer wearable health sensors now available, and various other websites and services -- how is the increasingly health-conscious consumer to choose? Or, perhaps, if you believe that digital...
By Neil Versel November 2, 2012
HealthTap, the online and mobile service that lets users ask health questions to physicians covering more than 100 medical specialties, is adding a two-faceted doctor rating system to help consumers make more informed choices. HealthTap has introduced a "competition" to bring more transparency to the process of selecting a physician. The company is taking votes from users about each physician...