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FT INSIGHTS: 2018 CES Preview

Mike Feibus

With CES fast approaching, I’m breaking down my predictions for the hot trends and themes for 2018. It’s an exciting time for healthtech, from sleeptech to hearables. Voice assist, such as Google Voice, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Amazon’s Alexa will be expanding throughout your home this year. Mixed reality, augmented reality and virtual reality, have grown up with new developments for business application. Find out when you can catch me at the Digital Health Summit at CES, and watch more on my Youtube Channel here.

Heart-Healthy Wearables? Believe It

Mike Feibus


A new wave of wearables and companion apps is emerging with the ability to monitor vital signs crucial to spotting heart problems, giving us and our doctors powerful new weapons to fight stroke and heart disease.

It should make for a very exciting 2018. I can't wait!

Want to know more? Read my latest column in the Tech section of USA TODAY here.

Will Your Doc Ever Prescribe a Fitbit?

Mike Feibus

Validic co-founder and CEO Drew Schiller is in a great position to answer that question, because his company is the go-to liaison between electronic medical records and data flowing from wearables and other connected devices. In this latest FTInsights video interview, Drew shares his thoughts on the state of wearables in health and wellness, and the future for connected devices in the clinical workflow.

How Healthy Are You, Really?

Mike Feibus

Good question! You have a fitness band. So you know how many steps you take each day. But you're not much closer to answering the critical question, how healthy are you, really?

VO2max is a valuable metric for evaluating fitness and health. Unfortunately, it’s been a very difficult metric to gather, requiring extensive lab tests. That's changing now, thanks in no small part to wearables metrics pioneer Firstbeat. The V02max metric is now available on Firstbeat-equipped wearables like the vivosmart 3 from Garmin, the Huawei Band 2 Pro and the Jabra Elite Sport hearables. That, in turn, is empowering wearables vendors to give us some good old-fashioned fitness assessment and advice.

In our latest FT Insight video interview, we speak with Aki Pulkinnen, who heads up Firstbeat’s consumer business, about the importance of VO2max, what it means for this new band of wearables – and for your health.

FT Insights: The Future of Hearables

Mike Feibus

The latest hearables are now available from Bragi, including a fully customizeable version tailored by hearing-aid supplier Starkey for better comfort and sound quality. Plus, they won't fall out. Also: OS upgrade brings new features to the original Dash as well.

    There's lots more! Check out my FT Insights interviews withBragi CEO Nikolaj Hviid and Starkey CMO Chris McCormick on my YouTube Channel.

    First 'Artificial Pancreas' Comes to Market

    Mike Feibus

    Credit: Medtronic

    Credit: Medtronic

    The first so-called artificial pancreas systems – wearable devices that take charge of the crucial process of measuring glucose and delivering insulin –  are now beginning to come to market.

    That’s welcome news for the nation’s 30 million diabetics, who stand not only to get some relief from the seemingly incessant stream of lancets, test strips and syringes, but also to stay healthier. That’s because an artificial pancreas can keep the disease on a tighter leash than they can, by testing more frequently and delivering more precise insulin doses.

    That’s not only important for patients, but could ease strains on the nation's healthcare system.

    Read my entire column in the Tech section of USA Today HERE.

    Wearables Makers Want You to Want Them in 2017

    Mike Feibus

    by Julie McClure

    LAS VEGAS --Most everyone who wants a smartwatch or fitness tracker already has one. That's not good news for wearables makers, because their appeal doesn't reach far beyond early tech adopters, professional athletes and fitness freaks.

    As wearables companies converge on Las Vegas for CES 2017, they face a difficult task: how to make their products attractive to normal people. 

    Wearables makers are nowstarting to make some headway in the corporate wellness segment. To succeed there – as well as to spark further growth in the consumer market – they will need to make their hardware more reliable and introduce more compelling metrics than counting steps or even basic heart rate. And most important, they will need to focus more on patient/consumer engagement.

    In his latest USA Today column, Mike Feibus digs deep into the three things wearables makers need to improve. Read his entire column HERE.


    Brains and Beauty: New smart scale is insightful, attractive

    Mike Feibus

    Many people buy fitness bands to offload the burden of tracking their activity. But when they load the device’s app onto their smart phone, they find activity is only one piece of the health-and-wellness equation. They still have to find a way to track their daily calorie intake, and their resulting weight.

    Fortunately, there are apps to help simplify the calorie-counting task. And if you’re willing to step on a connected scale every morning, it will take care of the rest.

    I've been testing an innovative new scale that's coming to the US from China, as an Xberts Pioneer. Check out my review at HERE:

    CBS Overnight America Tech: NetFlix, Theranos, Microsoft and More

    Mike Feibus

    Good morning! I sat down with CBS Overnight America's Jon Grayson to share my take on the latest news. If you are a trucker or insomniac, you probably already knew that. But if you're the kind of person who likes to sleep when it's dark, you probably missed it. Fortunately for you, you can listen to the replay here.

    We chatted about NetFlix' prospects in the wake of its earnings release; the rise and fall of the once high-flying Theranos; Microsoft's quest for real intelligence from its artificial intelligence projects; and wearables fatigue. Enjoy!

    HIMSS16: Healthy Is As Healthy Does

    Mike Feibus

    LAS VEGAS – The greatest, most game-changing product I saw earlier this month at the country’s largest health-tech event was a little black activity tracker perched on a small stand in a big booth.

    This non-descript little tracker is the too-rare device developed in the true spirit of the healthcare system overhaul: that is, keeping healthy people healthy. It’s called Trio Motion, from UnitedHealthcare.

    You can’t buy Trio Motion. The custom-designed device is free for employees at companies that UnitedHealthcare insures. Further, the companion wellness program, called Motion, is paying those employees for meeting daily activity goals. Up to $1,460 per person per year. Depending on the program, the funds might be designated to pay for healthcare. Or employees might just get a check.

    Read why the little Trio Motion is such a groundbreaking device in my Fortune column HERE.

    Diabetes Care Joins the Digital Age. Finally

    Mike Feibus

    Wearables and other connected devices have been available to help treat chronic conditions like asthma and heart disease for a while now. But thus far, the nation’s 30 million diabetics largely have been ignored. They haven’t seen much to help them to improve their health or reduce the daily grind of finger pricks and needle pokes.

    The $2.5 billion connected-care industry may be off to a late start in diabetes, but it’s making up for lost time. A new breed of connected glucometers, insulin pumps and smartphone apps is hitting the market that promise to make it easier for diabetics to manage the slow-progressing disease and keep them motivated with feedback and support. Startups and multinationals alike plan to showcase the technology this week in Las Vegas at the industry’s flagship health-tech show, produced by the Health Information and Management Systems Society, or HIMSS, industry group.

    And in as little as two years, the industry plans to take charge of the entire uncomfortable, time-consuming routine of checking and regulating blood-sugar levels with something called an artificial pancreas. Such systems mimic the functions of a healthy pancreas by blending continuous glucose monitoring, remote-controlled insulin pumps and artificial intelligence to maintain healthy blood-sugar levels automatically.

    Read my entire column in the Tech section of USA TODAY.