Weekly MaxWellness - 8/1

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.

Healthcare, meet capitalism

  • If transparent competition can drive the reinvention of U.S. healthcare, some creative thinkers stand to become unabashedly wealthy—and improve the quality of care in the process.

Thiel Fellow's sleep tracker, Sense, crushes Kickstarter campaign

  • In addition to tracking temperature and light, his device has a particulate sensor that can detect small particles like pollen that can disrupt sleep for people with allergies. A “smart alarm” can wake a person up at the right time in their sleep cycle, like early forerunners in the space from several years ago like the Zeo.

Google's new moonshot project: The human body

  • Called Baseline Study, the project will collect anonymous genetic and molecular information from 175 people—and later thousands more—to create what the company hopes will be the fullest picture of what a healthy human being should be.

Introducing Apple iTime: the smartwatch detailed in new patent

  • The patent, dated as filed on 20 July, 2011 and granted on 22 July of this year, includes numerous details about the much-rumoured "iWatch" product. Specifically, that it could act as a device that displays messages and alerts received by a connected iPhone or Mac; and in one design variant could be detached from the wristband and operated like the old square iPod nanos.

The $13 fitness band is here by Xiaomi

  • Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun took to the stage today to show off the fitness band, explaining that he had tried a lot of competing similar devices in the past but none ever stuck. In a snub to its competitors, Lei said that Xiaomi has striven to make the Mi Band stand out with a few key features — in particular, it can last 30 days on a full charge, and is waterproof with an IP67 standard.

More phones, fewer doctors: Interview with Vinod Khosla

  • Now 59, he is currently head of Khosla Ventures, where he sees a similar opportunity in medicine and is investing in digital health ventures that he predicts will reinvent the field. In June, he spoke to editor in chief Jason Pontin at the MIT Technology Review Digital Summit in San Francisco.

How Apple and Google plan to reinvent health care

  • These new ecosystems, if they gain traction, could finally push the industry into the mainstream.” Success isn’t guaranteed, but Wang says it makes sense for the fragmented digital health industry to rally behind powerful companies. Apple's Healthkit and Google Fit can help reach a broader audience and forge partnerships with the traditional health care industry that would be hard for startups to accomplish alone. “It would be a transformation, with a lot of big winners, and losers as well.”

Introducing HealthTap's new video chatting doctors: HealthTap Prime

  • Now, Gutman is taking things one step further. On Wednesday, his company announced the launch of HealthTap Prime, a new service that gives subscribers unlimited access to live videoconferences with actual doctors for $99 a month, plus $10 for every additional family member.

EyeNetra raised $4M for eye diagnostic smartphone peripheral

  • Somerville, Massachusetts-based eye diagnostic tool maker EyeNetra raised $4 million from one investor, according to an SEC filing. This brings EyeNetra’s total funding to at least $7 million.

Dr. John Halamka: Time is right for patient-generated data

  • oston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is gearing up to get data from patients’ consumer devices like Fitbit, Jawbone UP, or Withings weight scale into their EHR, according to CIO and emergency room physician Dr. John Halamka. Halamka says a number of factors make now the time for patient-generated data: devices have reached the maturity and ease of use needed to be a part of people’s care regimen; changing payment models are incentivizing the shift; and the emergence of middleware like Apple’s HealthKit will present hospitals with the piece that’s hitherto been missing in the patient generated data puzzle.