Welcome to DIGITAL HEALTH BRIEFING, the newsletter providing the latest news, data, and insight on how digital technology is disrupting the healthcare ecosystem, produced by Business Insider Intelligence. Sign up and receive DIGITAL HEALTH BRIEFING free to your inbox. Have feedback? We'd like to hear from you. Write me at: [email protected] APPLE’S NEW API OFFERS HEALTHCARE COMPANIES NEW BREADTH OF CONSUMER DATA: Apple is further entrenching the iPhone as a gateway for patient health data. On Monday, the tech giant launched the developer interface to Health Records, enabling US iPhone users to share their health record data with third-party apps. Healthcare developers can use this data to create more personalized health experiences. For context, Health Records was launched in January 2018 to make it easier for iPhone users to consolidate, access, and share their health data from more than 500 hospitals and clinics in the US. For h ealth … [Read more...] about DIGITAL HEALTH BRIEFING: Apple delivers Health Records API to developers — Teladoc opens door to new global markets — Mount Sinai taps AI to detect kidney disease
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Starting this week, Fitbit users have access to two new features previously announced by the company. Inside of the Fitbit app, you’ll find tracking for female health, as well as quick replies for messaging on Versa and Ionic devices. For female health tracking, Fitbit details the ability to track menstrual cycles and symptoms, which should help optimize your health goals and life planning. Should you be prompt in recording cycles and symptoms, the Fitbit app will be able to provide better predictions and enhanced insights over time for your cycles. According to Fitbit, “Female health tracking will automatically be a default tile for all adult users who identify themselves as female in the Fitbit app.” For owners of a Versa or Ionic device, there’s now quick replies. With it, should you receive a message from an app such as WhatsApp or Messenger, you’ll be able to respond to messages with a default or custom reply, as well as emoji. Naturally, for this … [Read more...] about Fitbit Launches Female Health Tracking, Quick Replies for Versa and Ionic
LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 7, 2018--Fitbit, Inc. (NYSE: FIT) the leading global wearables brand, today introduced new apps and clock faces to help people better manage their health, directly from the wrist. Built using Fitbit’s software development kit (SDK), the apps and clock faces will give Fitbit smartwatch users new options to improve wellness and help manage conditions, like diabetes and some types of cancer. Additionally, the apps will give health plans, employers and clinical researchers new opportunities to better support their users outside of a clinical environment, helping lead to positive health outcomes.“Smartwatches provide a powerful platform to deliver important health tools that help our users manage conditions more conveniently than ever before. With these apps and clock faces, we continue to deliver on our promise to bring important health information to the wrist,” said James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit. “With our strong … [Read more...] about Fitbit Announces Health Partner Apps and Clock Faces Aimed to Improve Condition Management and Overall Health
During Fitbit's spring product event in March, the company announced two big features coming to its smartwatches – Quick Replies and female health tracking. Those two items are now rolling out to Fitbit's user base, and they help make the Versa and Ionic even more compelling. Quick Replies are currently exclusive to folks using a Versa or Ionic with an Android phone, and just like Fitbit said earlier in the year, this allows you to reply to texts, tweets, WhatsApp, and more using five pre-loaded messages. Fitbit defaults these to Yes, No, Sounds good!, Can't talk now, will reply later, and What's up?, but you can go in and change these to say whatever you'd like up to 60 characters. Clearing notifications on your watch now clears them from your phone, too. You can have your five default replies no matter what notification you receive, but Fitbit allows you to go an extra mile by customizing these five replies on a per-app basis. In other words, the Quick Replies you use for … [Read more...] about Fitbit Versa and Ionic pick up Quick Replies and female health tracking
My primary fitness activity is running, but as a guy who played football and rugby in college, and for many years as an adult, I also understand the importance of other types of exercise in order to support a healthy lifestyle. At this time in my life, it is not a priority to pack up my gear, head to a gym, and dedicate an hour or more of my time to workouts at a facility since it is already tough to carve out an hour to hit the road for a good run. I am also a very competitive person and tend to do more than planned when I have people around that I can compete with — so working out alone suits me just fine. I've been focusing on bodyweight exercises as a mechanism to add some crosstraining to my life and have found that you can achieve results with nothing more than your own body, shoes, and shorts. The Fitbit Versa comes preloaded with Fitbit Coach and three free bodyweight exercise options. Short videos on your phone, or animations on your Versa, will show you the proper form … [Read more...] about Is Fitbit Coach worth the annual subscription?
The Fitbit Versa ($199.95 at Amazon.com) is a worthy Apple Watch ($429.00 at Walmart) alternative. The Versa is like if you took the Fitbit Ionic ($299.95 at Dell Home), gave it a slimmer body and prettier design -- and dropped its price. It also costs $50 less than the cheapest Apple Watch model, the Series 1, or $130 less than the Series 3. (In the UK, the Versa is £50 less than the Apple Watch Series 1 ($256.76 at Amazon.com) and in Australia, AU$60 less.) So, how do you choose between the Fitbit Versa and the Apple Watch 3? CNET's Vanessa Hand Orellana and Lexy Savvides wore them both for about a week side by side to figure out which best fit our needs. Now Playing: Watch this: Apple Watch vs. Fitbit Versa: Head-to-head 8:12 Design and durability Both share a similar design, interchangeable straps, a selection of metal finishes and a variety of watch faces to customize the look. Each watch is water resistant to 50 meters so you can wear them in the shower or use … [Read more...] about How to choose between the Fitbit Versa and Apple Watch
Fitbit Versa, the company’s second smartwatch, goes on sale today at major retailers for $200. We’re here to compare it to the Fitbit Ionic, the company’s first smartwatch, which went on sale in October for $300. Although Fitbit has been the king of wearables for years, it lost that crown in Q1 2017 and hasn’t been able to regain it since. If you’re already a Fitbit fan or you’re simply not swayed by what Apple, Google, and Xiaomi have in store, it makes sense to go with a Fitbit Ionic or Fitbit Versa. The cheaper Fitbits are decent, but if you’re going to invest in a wearable, it might as well be a smartwatch. And as you’re about to see, the Versa makes a lot more sense for most people than the Ionic does. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m both not impressed with wearables and incredibly bullish about their future. Until we get wearables that aren’t essentially shitty phones, there are few devices worth considering. … [Read more...] about Ionic versus Versa: Which Fitbit smartwatch is for you?
Article Contents1 The Good2 The Not So Good3 Design and display4 Tracking5 Performance and battery6 Software and watch faces7 Conclusion Fitbit has become a household name in fitness tracking, and it's not shy about its desire to get into smarter wearables. It acquired bits of Pebble's carcass a while back and then launched the Fitbit Ionic. That first smartwatch was somewhat lacking in features, and it didn't offer enough to justify the $300 asking price. Now, Fitbit is back with a cheaper smartwatch sporting almost as many features and a less "retro-future" design. In fact, the Versa looks quite a lot like another famous smartwatch. With a retail price of $200, the Versa is much easier to justify for long-time Fitbit users as well as those interested in a smartwatch that won't break the bank. It excels at fitness tracking, and the battery life is fantastic. The Versa is also one of the most comfortable smartwatches I've worn. Fitbit has done a surprisingly good job of getting … [Read more...] about Fitbit Versa review: Fitbit’s cheaper smartwatch is also a better smartwatch
Fitbit needs a win. For several years, it was the clear leader in wearables, but its transition to smartwatches has been bumpy: the Fitbit Ionic didn’t sell as well as expected, and Apple has now slid back into the top spot in the global wearables market. Fitbit has insisted that more advanced health tracking is coming — stuff that could potentially track sleep apnea or glucose levels — but in the meantime, it just needs something to sell. That’s where the Fitbit Versa comes in. It’s a simplified, GPS-free, less expensive version of the Ionic watch, one that’s supposed to have mass-market appeal. It also looks nicer than the Ionic, and as I sit here wearing a rose gold Versa with a watermelon pink band, it would be easy to jump to the conclusion that this is the Fitbit smartwatch for women. But Fitbit has avoided explicitly marketing it this way, similar to the way Garmin describes the Fenix 5S as a fitness watch for smaller wrists. The Versa also … [Read more...] about Fitbit’s Versa is its best smartwatch yet
The Fitbit Versa is Fitbit's most prominent product in its spring lineup, but it'll also be joined by the company's first fitness tracker made specifically for kids — the Fitbit Ace. The Fitbit Ace adopts the same general design found with the Fitbit Alta, meaning it's got a small digital screen on the front that's surrounded by a comfortable silicone band. The body is smaller compared to the Alta and is intended to grow with kids as they get bigger, and its waterproof design means you won't have to worry about the Ace being worn in the shower. You'll find 5+ days of battery life on the Ace, and it accurately tracks steps, active minutes, and sleep. Kids will get reminders to get at least 250 steps each hour, and per the recommendation of the World Health Organization for kids between 7 and 17, the Ace will encourage users to get 60 active minutes each day. Kids will get rewards and collectible badges for completing specific challenges, there are 10 different clock faces … [Read more...] about The Fitbit Ace is Fitbit’s first fitness tracker for kids and costs $99