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Fitbit and Google Announce Collaboration to Accelerate Innovation in Digital Health and Wearables

This week, Fitbit and Google have announced they will work together to innovate and transform the future of digital health and wearables, “leading to positive health outcomes for people around the world.”

According to a media release:

Fitbit and Google are exploring the development of consumer and enterprise health solutions. Fitbit intends to use Google’s new Cloud Healthcare API to help the company integrate further into the healthcare system, such as by connecting user data with electronic medical records (EMR). Combining Fitbit data with EMRs can provide patients and clinicians a more comprehensive view of the patient profile, leading to more personalized care. The companies will also look to help better manage chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension by using services such as Fitbit’s recently acquired Twine Health. Using Google’s Cloud Healthcare API, Twine can make it easier for clinicians and patients to collaborate on care, helping lead to better health outcomes and positive returns for employers, health plans and hospitals.

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Swiss Wearable Brand Touts Breaking Worldwide Records

MyKronoz, a watchmaking brand for the tech savvy world, has announced what it calls “record-breaking crowdfunding results” of its hybrid smartwatch ZeTime, with more than $8,000,000 raised in less than a year.

The international success of its unique and groundbreaking flagship wearable is followed by the release of a new digital video campaign “I’m a watch; I’m a smartwatch”.

For some background:

After a historic 35-days Kickstarter campaign launched in March 2017, ZeTime has pursued, since then, its crowdfunding journey on a variety of international and local platforms: Indiegogo, Makuake in Japan, Zec Zec in Taïwan, Wadiz in Korea and on the leading chinese e-commerce website JD.com. Further to this online momentum, MyKronoz has successfully shipped to over 100 countries close to 40,000 backers, who are proudly wearing their hybrid smartwatch everyday. In addition, ZeTime is now available on Amazon as well as at the most prestigious offline retailers worldwide.

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First Look: Fitbit to Acquire Twine Health

MHW learned Tuesday that Fitbit, Inc. will acquire Twine Health, an innovative health coaching platform.

If you’re not famialir, Twine strives to empowers people to “achieve better health outcomes and helps health systems, health plans and workplace health providers lower healthcare costs.”

A HIPAA-compliant connected health platform, Twine Health delivers an engaging and user-friendly experience to help people manage chronic conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension, and aid in lifestyle interventions, such as weight loss and smoking cessation, by making it easy for care teams of providers, coaches, friends and family to collaborate on care plans.

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NXP and Garmin Team-up for NFC Mobile Payments Via New Fitness Wearables

NXP Semiconductors N.V. today announced that Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., has chosen NXP’s PN80T embedded Secure Element (SE) and Near Field Communications (NFC) solution for the recently launched vívoactive 3 and Forerunner 645 Music featuring contactless payment capabilities.

With NXP’s embedded Secure Element technology and innovative Loader Service provisioning solution, Garmin is able to easily and quickly deploy Garmin PayTM in their products without compromising security.

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Strategy Analytics: Hardware Design Limits Usability of Wearable Devices

As the need for complex, differentiated use cases for wearable devices grows, so too will their size and weight increase causing discomfort to users wanting to wear them daily.

A recent study from the User Experience Strategies (UXS) service at Strategy Analytics “UXS Technology Planning Report: Wearables,” investigating the needs, behaviors and expectations of consumers regarding wearable devices, has found hardware design is one of the most obstructive factors for wearable devices because it inhibits what they can actually do.

Key report findings:

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Medical-Grade Wearable Provider Biotricity Aims to Increase Patient Adherence

Biotricity Inc., a medical diagnostic and consumer healthcare technology company dedicated to delivering innovative, biometric remote monitoring solutions, is aiming to change cardiac healthcare into a preventive and cost-savings model that leverages precise biometrics and actionable feedback to motivate patient adherence.

With increased adherence, the company believes “that patients with existing chronic conditions can better manage their health and prevent the onset of co-morbid conditions while facilitating a reduction in healthcare costs.”

We learned this week that Biotricity is developing a spectrum of real-time and high-precision remote patient monitoring solutions (RPM). The company’s premier product, Bioflux, is a high-precision, single-unit mobile cardiac telemetry (MCT) device that provides real-time monitoring and transmission of ambulatory patients’ ECG information.

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Garmin Dazzles with Latest Fitness Tracker’s Powerful Battery

Garmin International Inc. announced this week the rollout of vívofit 4, a daily activity tracker with an incredible 1+ year battery life – no charging necessary – and a sunlight-readable, always-on color display.

From the official release:

Designed for 24/7 wearability, the vívofit 4 is swim- and shower-safe and features a sleek, comfortable band. The vívofit 4 is ready to go right out of the box, and can be paired with a smartphone for additional features. Easy to set up and simple to operate, all that’s left is to put it on and go.

“An activity tracker is only as effective as how often you wear it, and this is where the vívofit 4 really shines – you can set it and forget it,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “It’s the ideal device for customers who want something reliable that they don’t need to hassle with or take off to recharge.”

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