Industry news in brief
This roundup features the formation of Visiba Care’s UK Advisory Board, recognition for ORCHA and Royal Perth Hospital introducing electronic prescriptions.
ORCHA research identifies privacy issues with period tracking apps
Research from ORCHA has revealed privacy flaws with period tracker apps – with 84% sharing sensitive data with third parties.
Google Health VP talks combing consumer tech with clinical needs
Speaking at the NHS Confed Conference Dr David Feinberg spoke of the tech giant’s plans to “close the gap” between consumers and healthcare professionals.
Fitbit and Diabetes UK announce three-year partnership
Fitbit and Diabetes UK have announced a three-year partnership which aims to educate on the importance of leading a healthier and more active lifestyle.
European Commission gives green light to Google’s Fitbit takeover
Google has made a series of commitments to address competition concerns, including that it will not use data gathered by Fitbit for Google Ads.
European Commission to investigate Google’s Fitbit acquisition
An investigation to assess the proposed billion dollar acquisition of Fitbit by Google has been opened by the European Commission.
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Google buys wearables company Fitbit in £1.6billon deal
Fitbit confirmed its products would continue to remain platform-agnostic across both Android and iOS devices, with the deal expected to be closed by 2020.
Fitbit offers heart monitoring tool through new partnership with FibriCheck
Heart measurements can be viewed directly on the device’s screen and shared with medical professionals through FibriCheck’s web interface.
NHS should ‘prescribe FitBits’ to prevent inequality in health tech
The Social Market Foundation report found access to improved health outcomes should not be limited by a person’s ability to pay for innovative technology.
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Fitbit beefs up healthcare offering with fitness and coaching platform
Fitbit Care combines the company’s activity-tracking hardware with tailored health and wellness services for insurers, employers and health systems.
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