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By Aditi Pai February 4, 2016
Teladoc, a video visits company, has hired Stephany Verstraete as its chief marketing officer. Before working at Teladoc, Verstraete worked in marketing for Truveris, as their CMO. She's held past marketing positions at Kraft, Frito Lay, Hostess, Match.com, and Expedia. Teladoc CEO Jason Gorevic said in a statement that Teladoc most valued Verstraete’s experience building brands and working in...
By Aditi Pai January 29, 2016
Health tracking apps and devices offer consumers the ability to track an increasing number of relevant metrics. Over the years a number of the companies behind them, especially the ones with larger user bases, have released their own insights based on interesting correlations in the data sets they've collected. For example, just last week, Runkeeper Director of Marketing tweeted a link to a post...
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 January 18, 2016
A piece of long-awaited good news for fitness wearable maker Jawbone -- $165 million in new equity funding -- came with two more pieces of bad news: a subsequent drop in valuation and the departure of its recently hired president Sameer Samat, who returned to Google. Re/Code broke the news. The new funding is from the Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA), which means the funding comes directly from...
By Brian Dolan November 24, 2015
Considering recent events, big name consumer brands are more likely than ever to move into regulated medical devices. Two weeks ago Apple CEO Tim Cook told a newspaper that while his company wouldn't put the Apple Watch through the motions of an FDA clearance process, Cook "wouldn't mind putting something adjacent to the watch through it." He said that before adding maybe that'd be an app or...
By Jonah Comstock November 20, 2015
Heart rate-tracking wearable Jawbone has laid off 60 employees, 15 percent of its workforce, according to a report in TechCrunch. The layoffs extend across the company, but the restructuring includes the closing down of the company's New York City office and downsizing operations in Sunnyvale and Pittsburgh. Jawbone told MobiHealthNews in an email that no further layoffs are planned and issued...
By Aditi Pai November 2, 2015
Fitbit Surge Jawbone has filed an answer and counterclaim against Fitbit in response to the patent infringement lawsuit that Fitbit filed in early September, according to TechCrunch. The suit Fitbit filed in September alleged that Jawbone infringed on three patents, two of which were issued in May 2015 and a third that was issued in December 2014. The two from May 2015 were “Notifications On A...
By Jonah Comstock October 14, 2015
Fitbit Surge Updated with statement from Fitbit  A California judge has ordered, in a preliminary injunction, that the five Fitbit employees accused of stealing trade secrets must return any Jawbone information in their possession to Jawbone and prove they've deleted any copies, according to a Law360 report. A preliminary injunction doesn't guarantee that the court will ultimately rule in...
By Aditi Pai September 30, 2015
Some 21 percent of US adults use a wearable device right now, and of those, 36 percent use a Fitbit device, according to a Forrester Research survey of 952 online US adults. After Fitbit, 16 percent use a Nike+ FuelBand, 16 percent use an Apple Watch, 13 percent use Samsung Galaxy Gear, 11 percent use a Microsoft Band, and 10 percent use a Jawbone device. Forrester also broke out the age...
By Aditi Pai September 22, 2015
Some 80 percent of people were more motivated to manage their health after using an activity tracker, according to a randomized control trial from March 2014 of 600 patients who are pre-diabetic and morbidly obese. The study, which lasted six months, was conducted by Cigna. The activity trackers used were made by BodyMedia, which was acquired by Jawbone. The devices have since been discontinued...

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