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Fitocracy is one of those apps that's making a difference in people's lives as they strive to be healthier. While some fitness apps only let you log your nutrition and exercise on their specific app, others, including Fitocracy, integrate with fitness tracking apps like RunKeeper, which allow for more social features. Fitocracy's free iPhone app makes the service easily accessible by mobile phone, and co-founder Richard Talens told Mashable that it's easy and inviting to use in a mobile environment. "You can see how many points you've gotten and how many points you need to get to the next level," he said. "It motivates you when you’re at the gym. If you have to run another half of a mile to reach the next level, you'll do it." And Talens certainly knows his audience. Robb O'Hagan says, "I love what Fitocracy is doing to bring the community of passionate fitness advocates together in a relevant and competitive way — let's be honest, a lot of us fitness junkies are competitive at heart!". Fitocracy is enabling you to share and compare your progress as you get healthier, while letting you have some fun along the way.
India-based doctor search platform Practo is broadening its focus on catering to hospitals after buying up healthcare management firm Insta Health in a $12 million deal. Practo is best known as a medical search portal that helps patients connect with doctors and clinics. The company, which has expanded into Southeast Asia and plans further global launches, also offers a software solution for practices — Practo Ray — which manage the business side of things. That’s where the deal for the fellow Indian health tech startup — which was made in a combination of stock and shares — will expand its position. The acquisition will provide an option to hospitals using Insta’s product to integrate with Practo’s platform and thus provide a superior healthcare experience to patients by enabling them to search and easily find information about doctor availability across hospital and departments, instant bookings, as well as no wait times or queues once they reach the hospital for their appointment,” the comp.
Runtastic, the fitness app company that was recently acquired by Adidas, announced its second wearable fitness tracker, the Runtastic Moment. The Moment, which has both a watch and fitness tracking capabilities, is a follow-up to the Runtastic Orbit wearable launched last summer. The device looks very much like a normal watch. However it also tracks steps, distance, active minutes, calories burned, sleep cycles, and goals. It sends that data to the Runtastic Me app. Progress on some goals is also displayed directly on the analogue watch face, and a vibrating alarm can alert users when they’ve been inactive for too long. Like the Runtastic Orbit, the Runtastic Moment is waterproof up to 300 feet. It’s also powered by a standard replaceable watch battery, so it doesn’t require night time charging. Depending on the design and materials of the face and band, the device will range in price from $129.99 to $179.99.
Dexcom won FDA approval for its new Dexcom G5 Mobile continuous glucose monitoring system that features a Bluetooth-enabled sensor that talks directly to Apple iOS devices. The readings show up within the Dexcom Follow app and can be automatically shared with family members and caretakers who have the same app installed on their devices. It looks like the system is compatible with the new Apple Watch and an Android compatible version of the app is in the works as well. The system is meant for adults and kids as young as two years old and the sensor can be worn continuously longer than any other on the market. There is an alarm that will activate if glucose drops below 55 mg/dL to warn the user and caretakers of the need to take action.
Soothe, which sends massage therapists to clients’ homes, is smoothing its expansion with $10.6 million in new funding. Now available in 12 cities, Soothe lets users book a massage in as little as an hour. Over the last six months, Soothe has doubled its roster of cities and added 600 massage therapists to its network. A massage at home means clients don’t have to drive to and from spas, but Soothe says it offers plenty of advantages for providers, as well. For example, massage therapists earn about 70 percent of the billed amount, which 3.8 times the industry standard, says Kauffman. Massage therapists can maintain a flexible schedule or earn extra income by taking on new clients if they are already employed by a spa.
Adidas has acquired fitness app maker Runtastic for $240 million. Runtastic developed more than 20 fitness, health and endurance and also plays in the hardware space with wearables and other fitness monitors. Runtastic’s apps have garnered more than 140 million downloads in total, with around 70 million registered users at the point of acquisition. Adidas CEO Herbert Hainer said the acquisition is about bagging 70 million customers to cross-sell its other fitness products. Adidas is merely the latest legacy sports brands to have its head turned by a digital fitness upstart. Other acquisitions in the space this year include fitness gear brand Under Armour bagging health and fitness trackers Endomondo and MyFitnessPal back in February; and in May the Weight Watchers slimming brand picking up fitness app, Hot5. Fleet-of-foot wearables maker Fitbit has also picked up a fitness app this year, bagging FitStar back in March.
Kareo, a startup that provides small medical practices the tools they need to run their business, has pulled in $55 million in funding to accelerate expansion in doctors’ offices across the country. Kareo helps doctors and healthcare providers manage all aspects of running a practice, from online scheduling and patient communication to electronic health record management. Launched ten years ago, Kareo is currently being used by over 30,000 physicians and medical professionals who are caring for a combined 40 million patients. Kareo is focused on small healthcare practices that employ fewer than ten physicians. Their clients span over 50 medical specialties, including family practice, anesthesiology, cardiology, and physical therapy.
Polar just released a brand-new version of its activity tracker, the Loop 2 that now competes directly with the Fitbit Charge and Jawbone Up. Like its predecessor, the Loop 2 is all about passively tracking your activity during the day — it’s not just for when you’re running. It comes with an LED display very reminiscent of Nike’s FuelBand to display your activity. But this time, the display can also show your phone notifications, and the band vibrates. It’s not ideal, as it seems the Loop 2 can only display a few letters at a time, but it should be enough to get caller ID on your wrist and see if you should bother looking at your phone. It can also act as a silent alarm clock on your wrist, gently vibrating in the morning. It costs $120.
Data Systems, the maker of One Drop mobile diabetes management platform has raised $8 million. One Drop is a direct-to-consumer app for diabetes management, currently available on iOS and Apple Watch. It allows users with type 1, type 2, or pre-diabetes to log their glucose, diet, insulin, and physical activity and share that information anonymously with a community of users. The platform than delivers users actionable insights based on their data. One Drop integrates with Apple HealthKit, and has a crowd-sourced aspect, allowing users to see each others’ insights about particular restaurants on a map, for instance. The free app is currently the only product available from the company, but they plan to use the funding to bring out a connected glucometer and a diabetes supplies subscription service in 2016.
MyFitnessPal, a popular health and fitness tracking app has introduced a premium tier to its service aimed at power users. In particular, paying users will be able to customize their MyFitnessPal dashboard in order to better track the types of nutrients they’re most interested in, whether that’s carbs, fats, sodium, sugars, protein and more. The idea is to help people move beyond just tracking calories, which is what many of the app’s over 85 million users do today, and instead allow them to personalize the experience to fit their own needs and dietary concerns. For example, bodybuilders using the app, which is available online, on iOS, Android and Windows Phone, may want to track their protein intake, while those with a heart condition may instead be more interested in tracking the sodium in their food. The paid version of MyFitnessPal will sell for $9.99 per month, or $49.99 per year.