health technology

Fitness-tracker games may help families get more exercise

When fitness trackers alone fail to get families moving enough, turning step counts into a competition might help people get more exercise, a small experiment suggests. Researchers gave fitness trackers to 200 adults and asked them to set daily step-count goals to increase their activity levels. All had at least one other family member participating in the experiment, and half of the families were randomly chosen for a team competition

Apple and Fitbit join pilot program to speed new health tech through FDA

According to Bloomberg, the Food and Drug Administration has announced the names of nine companies participating in a pilot program that could let them pre-clear products instead of going through the agency’s traditional application process. The program, called Pre-cert, will include Apple, Fitbit, Samsung, Alphabet-owned Verily, Johnson & Johnson, Pear Therapeutics, Phosphorus, Roche, and Tidepool. The program had attracted over 100 interested companies, and the FDA made its selections based

Amazon has a secret health care team

A giant online retailer, Amazon has involved in health care such as electronic medical records and telemedicine. It has stealth team 1492 which is refer to the year Columbus first landed in the Americas. The stealth team, which is headquartered in Seattle, is focused on both hardware and software projects, according to two people familiar. Amazon has become increasingly interested in exploring new business in healthcare. For example, Amazon has

Mobile phone health apps: how useful are they really?

Have you turned to a mobile app to manage or improve your health? Apps that claim to treat everything from pimples to depression appeal to the anxiety many of us harbour about our health. But how trustworthy are they, and what’s the evidence behind their effectiveness? Associate Professor Carol Maher, a researcher in mobile health apps from the University of South Australia, says there’s a few basic principles people can

SleepHealth app launched to study sleep habits and health

WASHINGTON, March 2 (UPI) — A new sleep monitoring app from the American Association for Sleep Apnea is expected to help people improve their sleep habits and general health, but will also contribute to a crowd-sourced study on the connections between sleep and health outcomes. SleepHealth is the result of a collaboration between the AASA and IBM, which has linked the app to the Watson Health Cloud to store, analyze

New fitness gaming system aims to take your cardio workout to a new level

For anyone who needs extra motivation to get active, or just wants to make fitness more fun, wellness technology company Blue Goji this week announced the release of their Goji Play 2 fitness gaming system. Wellness technology company Blue Goji has released Goji Play 2, designed to turn exercise into an exciting gaming session with its choice of 20 free downloadable games, helping you to work out while you play.