Philips to launch patient monitoring offering powered by wearable biosensors

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Royal Philips has announced the launch of a new wearable healthcare monitoring solution for patients in ‘low acuity’ situations.

Healthcare stakeholders are looking for cost-effective means to monitor, diagnose and treat patients as across the globe, while the industry is faced with a burgeoning ageing population and an increasing number of people with chronic diseases accounting for 86% of healthcare costs. Philips looks to address this need with its connected health solutions...

By Wearable Tech, 01 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness.

GreatCall launches Indiegogo campaign for Lively Wearable

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Regular readers of this publication who remember GreatCall launching its Lively device which combines health functionality with emergency response – well, the company needs a little bit of help with it.

GreatCall has launched an Indiegogo campaign for its Lively Wearable, which will see feedback gained from early adopters, as well as aiming to reach...

By Wearable Tech, 16 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness.

Mattel acquires smart monitor provider Sproutling

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Toy manufacturing giant Mattel has completed the acquisition of Sproutling, a maker of smart technology products and smart monitors for parents and families.

Sproutling, with offices in San Francisco, will keep developing and launching products under the bespoke brand. Additionally, the company will collaborate on design and development of new products for the Mattel range of brands, based on Sproutling's technology platform.

Mattel global head of strategic development and M&A, Sid...

By Wearable Tech, 05 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Ecosystems, Health & Wellness.

Wearable helps to reduce Zika infection rate

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Unless you've been living under a rock this past week, you will know the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared a global emergency due to a widespread outbreak of the Zika virus – known to cause birth defects with lifelong implications. Whilst scientists around the globe work hard to create a vaccine against Zika, it could be a wearable device which offers vital protection and helps...

By Ryan Daws, 03 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Health & Wellness.

Opinion: Healthcare could benefit more from wearables

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The recent focus around wearables at CES pricked my attention yet again. There can be no doubt that wearables are more than just a passing fad, they have engaged consumers in new ways by providing the ability to capture and track health information. But what are we doing with all the data captured by wearables, and how can this benefit the healthcare system?

More often than not, the...

By Nik Stanbridge, 01 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Contextual Data, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness, Opinion, Trackers.

Review: Lift your posture with the Lumo Lift

Your posture is an important thing – it affects your long-term spine health, and can make a huge difference when it comes to body language. Wearable devices are bringing innovative new ways to improve our daily habits, and the Lumo Lift wants to fill the void as the posture coach you didn't know you needed. 

Hardware 

Lumo Body Tech is the company behind the Lift, a company which specialises in performance-monitoring wearables. The main part of the kit is a...

By Ryan Daws, 29 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness, Trackers.

NHS prepares to launch 'digital coach' wearable for diabetes management

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A wearable device will soon be trialled by the NHS in the West of England which aims to be a 'digital coach' for patients with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. The project is the first of seven which have been greenlit as part of the NHS Innovation Test Beds programme, and will be led by the West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) in...

By Ryan Daws, 26 January 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Devices, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness, Trackers.

MasterCard and Coin pair up for payments on smartwatches and fitness bands

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MasterCard and Coin have announced a partnership to add MasterCard payments to a number of smartwatches, fitness bands and wearable devices.

The collaboration adds on to an announcement by MasterCard in October 2015 that introduced the Commerce for Every Device programme. This programme aims at enabling payments via any consumer gadget, wearable or accessory.

Under the partnership, Coin will provide the software and hardware to be integrated with the MasterCard Digital Enablement Service...

By Wearable Tech, 15 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Mobile Wallet, Payments.

How smartwatches are set to top fitness tech purchases in 2016

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Smartwatches are the most likely product to be purchased in the health and fitness technology sector, according to a report from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).

More than one third (35%) of US respondents who said they were likely to purchase health and fitness technology in the coming 12 months said they would buy a smartwatch, ahead of fitness related apps (30%), dedicated wearable fitness activity trackers (27%), smart apparel (27%) and devices which track sleep patterns...

By Wearable Tech, 12 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Fitness, Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness.

GreatCall wearable combines activity tracking with mobile emergency response service

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Connected health technology provider GreatCall has launched a wearable product which combines the health functions of an activity tracker with the safety benefits of a mobile emergency response service.

The offering, launched at the CES show, aims to develop a wearable health hub for the active ageing market, eases concerns of caregivers and empowers older adults. The Lively Wearable, which pairs with a smartphone via Bluetooth, can be worn either as a wristband or around the neck...

By Wearable Tech, 07 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Health Monitoring, Health & Wellness.