quantified self

By Jonah Comstock February 8, 2016
Last month saw the last vestige of BodyMedia, the FDA-cleared consumer-facing wearable device company acquired by Jawbone in 2013, slip away. On January 31st the company officially stopped making BodyMedia Fit device data available to users and shut down the BodyMedia website (it now redirects to Jawbone’s site), essentially rendering the devices useless. “On Jan 31, 2016 support for BodyMedia...
By Aditi Pai June 30, 2015
The global market for self-monitoring health technologies reached $1.1 billion in 2013 and nearly $3.2 billion in 2014, according to a report from research firm BCC Research. This number will grow to $18.8 billion in 2019. BCC Research defines self-monitoring health technologies as offerings that allow consumers to monitor their own health. Devices in this category include wristbands,...
By Jonah Comstock June 8, 2015
HealthMine's app A new survey of 1,200 consumers with either self- or employer-sponsored health insurance -- sponsored by HealthMine and conducted by Survey Sampling International -- indicates that interest in payer-led mobile health initiatives is still fairly low. Although 89 percent of respondents use a smartphone, tablet, or both, only 30 percent of those surveyed said they would...
By Brian Dolan October 20, 2014
Fitbit Force This week there's a new report about leaked details of an upcoming Fitbit device -- this is the third device that has leaked from Fitbit in recent weeks -- The Verge reports that the Fitbit Surge will cost about $250 and will offer GPS-enabled distance tracking, heart rate sensing, and call and text message notifications. That would make the Surge the first Fitbit with GPS and the...
By Jonah Comstock September 16, 2014
Time Magazine's post-Apple Watch cover story suggests that Apple might finally bring wearables into the mainstream in a way they've never been before -- and that this might not be a good thing. "Nobody anticipated the way iPhones exert a constant gravitational tug on our attention," Time's Lev Grossman and Matt Vela write. "Do I have e-mail? What’s happening on Twitter? Could I get away with...
By Brian Dolan August 7, 2014
Earlier this year Pew Research's Internet Project published a report called Digital Living 2025, which surveyed and aggregated ideas and predictions from internet scholars and successful entrepreneurs on the impact technology will have on our daily lives a decade from now. The report has a fascinating section on digital health that's well worth the read if you missed it. Pew and its partner for...
By Jonah Comstock July 29, 2014
A new longitudinal study of the microbiome from researchers at Harvard and MIT demonstrates how the ubiquity of a smartphone enables research that would have been much more difficult previously. In the study, two patients tracked a number of health factors on an iPhone app for a year and also took stool samples almost every day. Researchers analyzed the bacteria in the stool samples alongside the...
By Brian Dolan May 29, 2014
The home health market has been one of the earliest segments of healthcare to adopt digital health technologies, which have helped to move care beyond the home to anywhere the patient is. How has technology for this market evolved over the past five years? Where is it headed? The next MobiHealthNews webinar will explore these questions and more on Thursday, June 19th at 2PM ET/ 11AM PT. This hour...
By Aditi Pai May 27, 2014
Mountain View, California-based pregnancy tracking company Bellabeat raised $4.5 million from SVAngel, CrunchFund, Universal Music Group and angel investors. With the Bellabeat device, pregnant women can listen to and record their babies' heartbeat and track other aspects of their pregnancy from the companion app, including movement, kicks, and prenatal care. The device is available for $129 from...
By Brian Dolan May 19, 2014
Worldwide revenues from sports, fitness, and activity tracking devices will grow by 46 percent between 2013 and 2019, according to a recent report from analyst group IHS Technology.  The firm attributes growth to the increasing number of health-conscious consumers willing to buy heart rate monitors and other wearable devices. IHS pegs global OEM revenue at $1.9 billion in 2013, which will rise to...