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LifeTrak Offers Many Health Tracking Features and Long Battery Life

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

LifeTrak_C210_blk-titanThe CES Digital Experience event is one of the most anticipated opportunities to see what is new and notable in consumer electronics. This is true for digital health products as well. Health Tech Weekly host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic stopped by the LifeTrak booth to chat with Leon Wong about what they’re up to in creating innovative digital health tools.

We all might be familiar with LifeTrak as the device that reads heart rate for us in many of our high end gym equipment at a fitness center near you. Now they are producing amazing wearable tools that monitor activity, heart rate, sleep quality and more using a low profile wrist watch-like device with an astounding 1 year battery life.

I talked with Leon about their latest offerings ranging in price from $60 up to $120. They are tools meant to be worn and used everyday with features like being waterproof to up to 30 meters deep. The best part is that they are available now from major retailers and online stores. Find more information at LifeTrakUSA.com and check out these health and fitness tools from LifeTrak.

Make sure you follow Jamie’s picks and coverage over at HTWeekly.com and the Tech Podcasts Network live CES 2015 coverage over at TPN.tv during the show where our entire CES team will be bringing you the best, the most innovative, and newest tech gadgets to you from the conference! And don’t forget to check out his shows for at NursingShow.comMedicCast.tv, and the brand new Health Tech weekly show at HTWeekly.com.

FitNet Offers Remote Personal Trainers Via Mobile App

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

fitnet-logoHealth Tech Weekly host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic stopped by the FitNet booth to chat with Chief Geek Bob Summers about their innovative fitness app and the new features they are debuting this year at the International CES expo in Las Vegas. FitNet is an online and mobile app that helps individuals get in shape through creative and fun fitness routines. These routines can be tracked on your mobile devices while you do them.

Now FitNet offers remote connectivity with personal trainers who can monitor your workouts when you wish and offer you encouragement as well as modifications and improvements to your posture and style while doing the exercises. The new features are available now and you can find the FitNet app and more information at Fit.net.

Make sure you follow Jamie’s picks and coverage over at HTWeekly.com and the Tech Podcasts Network live CES 2015 coverage over at TPN.tv during the show where our entire CES team will be bringing you the best, the most innovative, and newest tech gadgets to you from the conference! And don’t forget to check out his shows for at NursingShow.comMedicCast.tv, and the brand new Health Tech weekly show at HTWeekly.com.

Wellness and Activity Tracking From Polar Electro at CES

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Fitness Trackers in the past have followed just steps or just heart rate or some other parameter. The gang at Polar Electro have come up with a solution that actively monitors multiple parameters for overall fitness and wellness.

Polar-electro-watchThe CES Unveiled event is jam packed full of companies exhibiting new technologies. Health Tech Weekly host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic attended to find the latest and greatest in health technology. He found the folks from Polar Electro and their Polar Electro A-300 sports watch and activity tracker.

Jamie chatted with Chris Zoller, senior product manager from Polar Electro, about the new A-300 that tracks fitness and activity with steps, running and similar things. It also tracks sleep, heart rate, and other wellness parameters to integrate both activity and wellness tracking into the same device. This has been one of the things that most fitness and wellness devices have not been able to do effectively.

Make sure you follow my picks and coverage over at HTWeekly.com and the Tech Podcasts Network live CES 2015 coverage over at TPN.tv during the show where our entire CES team will be bringing you the best, the most innovative, and newest tech gadgets to you from the conference! And don’t forget to check out my shows for at NursingShow.comMedicCast.tv, and the brand new Health Tech weekly show at HTWeekly.com.

Covering Health at CES with Jamie Davis, the Podmedic

Friday, December 26th, 2014

Hi, I’m Jamie Davis, the Podmedic, host of the MedicCast, the Nursing Show, and the Health Tech Weekly podcast and coming up this January I’ll be joining the International CES 2015 coverage team from the Tech Podcast Network for the fourth year, focusing on medical technology and digital health products. Together with the other tech podcast network hosts, we’ll be covering CES 2015 so you’ll feel as if you were there yourself!

The digital health pavilion is even larger again this year and I’m going to be even busier than I was last year with getting all of the great health, wellness and fitness items covered. But I plan on doing it. I love new technologies in health care and even more, I love bringing the best of them to you! As a nurse and a paramedic, from the ProMed Network, TPN’s sister network, I bring the viewpoint of the health professional to the various medical, health and fitness devices and services presented at the show. I’ve already picked out some amazing standout health care gadgets to show to you as part of the TPN coverage and I’m going to be looking for more as I roam this huge event.

Make sure you follow my picks and coverage over at HTWeekly.com and the Tech Podcasts Network live CES 2015 coverage over at TPN.tv during the show where our entire CES team will be bringing you the best, the most innovative, and newest tech gadgets to you from the conference! So join us and millions of fellow viewers. Visit us at TPN.tv for all the coverage from our team. And don’t forget to check out my shows for at NursingShow.com, MedicCast.tv, and the brand new Health Tech weekly show at HTWeekly.com.

Workfit Standing Workstations from Omnimount Improve Health at CES

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Workfit_OmnimountStanding while working at a computer or desk has been shown to improve health outcomes including weight loss, improved cardiovascular health and a reduced risk for onset of diabetes. The folks at Omnimount have come up with another great solution in their line of sit-stand workstations. The latest in their product line is the Workfit riser arms for desktop and laptop computers. The Workfit-A is specifically designed for Apple iMac computers, securing the base in the desk stand.

The Workfit is designed to be mounted on any standard desk or workstation via the cable-run hole in the desktop. The mounting arm includes a keyboard tray for the desktop model and all of them can be raised or lowered from sitting to standing height. Now you can take your own desk, whoever made it and make it into a standing-sitting workplace, improving your health and fitness levels. Find out more about a sitting/standing workstation lifestyle at JustStand.org and see what you can do to improve your health through just a few simple working and lifestyle changes.

The Workfit-A and other models will be available later this spring and will retail starting at $649 which is a small price to pay for a way to improve your health every single day. As Health Tech Weekly host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic says all the time, “getting healthy just takes small, simple steps that, over time, all add up to a healthier you!”

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Find more segments from the Digital Health Pavilion at CES 2014 both here and at the Health Tech Weekly podcast site with host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic.

Lumo Lift Wearable Device Helps You Improve Your Posture at CES

Saturday, January 18th, 2014
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Lumo Lift Posture & Fitness Device

Jamie Davis, the Podmedic stops by the Lumo booth at CES Digital Experience recently in Las Vegas to see what they are bringing to market to help you improve your posture and back health. The Lumo Lift is the second posture and back health improving product from the folks at Lumo.

The Lumo Lift is a wearable fitness device that tracks your activity level along with watching how you’re sitting and standing along the way. Humans spent a lot of time evolving to be mobile creatures but now we spend a lot of time sitting and standing immobile. The Lumo Lift works with a mobile app to help remind us to use proper posture which actually uses less energy and keeps us healthier.

The device is small and is worn using a magnetic clasp so it can be worn under the clothing or on top of it so the Lumo Lift can be hidden or worn proudly to announce your fitness awareness to the world. The Lumo Lift will be released in late spring 2014 and is currently available for pre-order at their website, LumoBodyTech.com for $69. It will retail for $99 in stores later this year. Get yourself the Lumo Lift now while pre-order supplies last!

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Find more segments from the Digital Health Pavilion at CES 2014 both here and at the Health Tech Weekly podcast site with host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic.

United Healthcare Digital Initiatives for Ongoing Patient Health

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

united-healthcare-logoHealth Tech Weekly’s guest correspondent, Chris Montera from the EMS Garage Podcast brings us this interview from the United Healthcare booth in the Digital Health Pavilion at International CES earlier this month. Tom Paul from United Healthcare talks with Chris about how their customers want to engage with them via digital channels.

Patients want to monitor their health, learn about healthy initiatives and treatment alternatives, and get their insurance information via online and digital channels. Because of this, United Healthcare is involved in numerous initiatives to encourage healthy behaviors and communities through digital means. These include programs like their Dance, Dance, Revolution game programs and contests in community schools and health education programs promoted online.

One new digital initiative they recently announced is “My Easy Book.” This new program allows users to look up a healthcare provider, schedule an appointment and pay any fees or copays, all online. Another new program is centered around providing high quality, informative and interesting online education for diabetes patients. The best part is that United Healthcare is providing many of these services to both members and non-members, a clear indicator of their commitment to ongoing community health and wellness. Look for more digital initiatives from this healthcare innovator in the future here at the Tech Podcast Network.

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Find more segments from the Digital Health Pavilion at CES 2014 both here and at the Health Tech Weekly podcast site with host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic.

Inbody System Helps You Learn and Monitor Your Health and Wellness

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

inbody570Health Tech Weekly guest host Chris Montera, the Geekymedic, checks in at the InBody booth at the International CES conference’s digital health pavilion. Obesity is a health issue facing much of the industrialized world. Having a way to monitor, define problem areas, and create targeted goals for weight loss is an important part of treating this epidemic. InBody systems from BioSpace is leading the way in body composition monitoring.

The InBody system and parent company Biospace has made the terms “body composition” and “body fat” popular in helping to define the source of the problem. The prevention of obesity hinges on reduction and control of body fat. The InBody test is a commonly given body composition analysis that is increasing in popularity. Understanding and knowledge of the underlying problem gives the person power to devise a targeted weight loss and fitness program.

The InBody system, made by Biospace uses a unique 8-point tactile electrode method to determine body composition. It has received FDA approval for use in the United States. The accuracy and quality of the device’s findings is key to developing a patient fitness profile that can be used to create a personalized program for improving body fat and wellness.

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Follow all the digital health coverage from CES 2014 here at the Tech Podcast Network at over at theHealth Tech Weekly podcast with Jamie Davis, the Podmedic.

Fitbug KiK Programs Provide Individualized Health Planning

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

fitbug-orbChris Montera, on loan to the Health Tech Weekly podcast, talks with the folks at Fitbug while attending the International CES conference earlier this month in Las Vegas. Fitbug is debuting their new KiK initiative that pairs their fitness tracking devices with a new interactive program to provide individualized health care planning along with helping you meet your activity goals.

Fitbug founder Paul Landau, a fitness enthusiast and former management consultant, chats with Chris Montera about how the Fitbug device works with the new KiK program to help you meet all your fitness and health goals. It includes help with setting nutrition and other wellness goals through links to webcasts and other online resources that work with your Fitbug activity program to provide you ongoing encouragement. This greatly improves your chances of successfully meeting your goals, creating a healthier you!

The Fitbug device tracks steps, calories burned, distance traveled and works with an integrated mobile app that puts that information in the Fitbug cloud system and allows the Fitbug KiK system to start making suggestions to help you meet your stated goals. In addition to tracking activity, the Fitbug also tracks the quality of your sleep patterns, an often overlooked part of a healthy lifestyle program.

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United Healthcare Puts Dance Revolution in Schools

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013
Dance, Dance Revolution Classroom Edition

Dance, Dance Revolution Classroom Edition

Kids need to dance and play. We’ll find out what United Healthcare is doing about that in this report from CES 2013 in Las Vegas.

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Brian Landwehr, Director of Innovation and R&D for United Healthcare chats with Jamie Davis about the latest initiative to combat childhood obesity from United Healthcare. They are funding a pilot program for multiplayer, school based versions of the popular dancing video game, Dance, Dance Revolution. It’s already changing lives for the better.

United Healthcare is partnering with Konami, makers of the popular dance game, to bring the classroom version of Dance, Dance Revolution to a number of schools that already have a relationship for health curriculum with United Healthcare. This type of initiative can have a positive effect on the whole family and, indeed, the community.

Healthcare Changes One (Dance) Step at a Time

Healthcare systems can reach out to people where they are and find ways to innovate in order to encourage and promote fit activities and behaviors. Kids are already playing video games. How do we take those existing activities and make them more health focused? Helping people become fit through activities in which they already participate helps create habits and lifestyle changes that will last throughout the patient’s lifetime.

Video by Jamie Davis, the Podmedic from Health Tech Weekly (HTWeekly.com).