Weekly MaxWellness - 10/17

The absolute latest in wellness, from #wearables to #mhealth.

What you need to know this week in the world of wellness, compiled by our in-house mobile wellness geek extraordinaire, Taylor Pechacek. If you want this automatically delivered to your email address once a week, go ahead and subscribe here.

From wearables to ... invisibles

  • But while we argue over 2014-era design issues, a more profound development is happening in labs around the world. Implantable, microscopic sensor technology will soon change our fundamental relationship with technology. Advancing sensor technology has already started to create an entirely new market: invisibles.

Mass. becomes first state to require price tags for Health Care

  • Right this minute, if you have private health insurance, you can go to your health insurer’s website and find the price of everything from an office visit to an MRI to a Cesarean section. For the first time, health care prices are public. It’s a seismic event. Ten years ago, I filed Freedom of Information Act requests to get cost information — nothing. Occasionally over the years, I’d receive manila envelopes with no return address, or secure .zip files with pricing spreadsheets from one hospital or another.

Why technology isn't truly wearable

  • Before I preview the biometric compression shirt that Ralph Lauren designed for U.S. Open ball boys, I’m served a wineglass of blueberry smoothie in a room lined with black-and-white photos of wispy suave men. There is one other reporter waiting with me. With jeans rolled to expose his ankles, a bright summer plaid work shirt, and blonde hair just long enough to tuck behind his ears, he looks like he sprung from one of the picture frames on the wall and materialized here specifically to shame my off-brand attire.

Sensors and Sensibilities: Companies and insurers love fitness trackers. Should you?

  • But the following week, your personal analytics tell a different story. You drank one too many margaritas at the sports bar while watching the World Series. The next day, you blew off your bike ride because you were tired and hungover, and then you binged on chips and soda. You might even have taken a few hits off your vaporizer before collapsing on the couch for a three-hour stretch of DVRed “Sons of Anarchy.” Just before crashing into bed, bloated and stoned, you receive a notification from your always-attentive smart watch: Keep up like this, and your premium discount will be history. You will be financially punished for your drunken sloth. Not so awesome.

38 more health and wellness apps that connect to Apple's Healthkit

Report; Apple to drop Fitbit from its retail stores

  • The timing of the report comes on the heels of Fitbit’s surprising decision not to integrate with Apple’s HealthKit. The company said it found the technology interesting but it didn’t yet see the value in integration for its customers. In a statement issued after our coverage of that decision, the company also emphasized the device’s multiplatform approach.

Will patient-generated data from HealthKit reshape the EMR?

  • Some industry stakeholders from providers to investors to consumer device makers think something like Apple’s HealthKit could be the catalyst that finally brings the patient — and patient-generated data — into the healthcare ecosystem in a way that electronic medical records have persistently failed to do. While the conversation at Jannssen Labs and Johnson & Johnson Innovations’ Digital Diagnosis event in Cambridge, Massachusetts this week ranged over an impressive number of topics, HealthKit and EMRs were two of the big themes.

Report: Fitbit to launch two new devices, one with heart rate tracking

  • With the goal of driving a digital health platform for well-informed, effective self-care, the nation’s largest retail pharmacy chain and prominent consumer-facing health information portal are allying to move from serving up pills and information to health “care.”