Fitbit

By Jonah Comstock May 5, 2016
On yesterday’s Q1 earnings call, Fitbit CEO James Park spoke quite a bit about his product’s potential for a wider role in healthcare. He highlighted the device’s popularity among researchers, the recent Dana Farber study, and even the anecdote of the device being used to make a treatment decision about a patient’s atrial fibrillation. But he didn’t stop there. “We are learning that lack of...
By Jonah Comstock May 3, 2016
The Apple Watch commercially launched just over a year ago, and in that time there's one question that's been asked a number of times: Is it a Fitbit competitor? Will multipurpose smartwatches ultimately kill single-purpose fitness trackers? And recently a different line of questions has emerged, about whether consumers need a general purpose smartwatch at all. Fitbit CEO James Park told the New...
By Jonah Comstock May 2, 2016
An administrative law judge at the International Trade Commission has ruled that the two Jawbone patents Fitbit was accused of infringing upon are ineligible and invalid. Judge Dee Lord went deep in her 25-page summary judgement, which among other things, invoked 17th-century diarist Samuel Pepys. As regular readers of MobiHealthNews know, the ITC conflict is part of a constellation of legal...
By Aditi Pai April 28, 2016
Fitbit has inked a online retail deal with Tmall.com, a site operated by China-based ecommerce giant, Alibaba to sell its devices. “Alibaba is the gateway to China for international brands seeking to access one of the world’s largest consumer markets, and we are pleased to announce this partnership to provide Chinese consumers greater access to Fitbit products,” Hao Li, GM of 3Cs Business Unit of...
By Aditi Pai April 27, 2016
Dana Farber Cancer Institute has partnered with Fitbit to launch a two-year randomized study that will investigate the impact of weight loss on breast cancer recurrence. The study, called the Breast Cancer Weight Loss (BWEL) study, is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology. “The increased risk of cancer recurrence linked to excess body weight...
By Jonah Comstock April 18, 2016
Amy McDonough, Vice President and General Manager at Fitbit Wellness, testified before a congressional hearing last week in a session entitled “Innovations in Health Care: Exploring Free-Market Solutions for a Healthy Workforce”. The hearing itself was somewhat scattered in terms of its focus, as the representatives took every opportunity to defend or take potshots at the Affordable Care Act,...
By Jonah Comstock April 13, 2016
Last month, MobiHealthNews published a list of 21 clinical trials currently using a Fitbit activity tracker. That wasn't the whole list, though. In fact, our search turned up so many trials with the Fitbit -- and again, not even including the many other wearable activity trackers on the market -- that we had to split the results into two articles. Read on below for 18 more trials using Fitbit...
By Jonah Comstock April 11, 2016
Doctors at an emergency room in New Jersey used data from a patient's Fitbit activity tracker -- which they happened to notice on his wrist -- to determine his course of treatment. When the 42-year-old patient showed up in the ER at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, New Jersey, he had already had a seizure and he had atrial fibrillation. Doctors had to decide whether or not to use an...
By Jonah Comstock April 4, 2016
Fitbit announced last week that in its first month of selling its two newest device: Fitbit Blaze and Fitbit Alta devices, it has sold 1 million of each. Additionally, during that time frame, the company says the Blaze was the best-selling device in the smartwatch category on Amazon. “At Fitbit, we continue to focus on developing innovative and motivating fitness-first products that our customers...
By Aditi Pai March 31, 2016
Last year, The University of San Diego’s California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology's (Calit2) data sharing initiative, called Health Data Exploration (HDE), awarded a total of $200,000 to five projects that aim to use aggregated personal health data to advance research. Now, the five HDE projects have released results from their first year. Calit2, which received the...

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