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BodyMedia Makes a Splash at CES
As the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas begins, the Washington Post highlighted a few products that sparked interest in the days preceding the event. One of the products that made a splash at this year's preview was the Body Media exercise and diet tracker, software that personalizes what you can to with the company's existing armband. BodyMedia's FIT coach will track your calories, sleep and activity to help you lose weight. Powered by IBM software, the new personalized feedback capabilities in the BodyMedia FIT body monitoring system now provide users with their own fitness coach. Read more about CES 2012 on the official CES site.
January 9, 2012 | Permalink
BodyMedia In the News
BodyMedia's been in the news a lot recently ... here are some interesting links:
The BodyMedia FIT was featured during the Today's Tech portion of MSNBC Today;
and in the New York Times Personal Tech article entitled "Devices to Keep Track of Calories, Lost or Gained";
and listed as one of 5 Health Gadgets to Help You Keep Your New Years Resolution in Time's Healthland section.
January 6, 2012 | Permalink
BodyMedia and Avery Dennison to Develop 7-Day Body Monitor Patch
BodyMedia and Avery Dennison Medical Solutions, a business unit of Avery Dennison Corporation, announced the development of a body monitor patch offering a comfortable, economical means of gathering physiological data for health and wellness initiatives over a period of seven days or less. Combining Avery Dennison Medical Solutions' proprietary Metria(TM) Wearable Sensor Technology and skin-friendly patch form factor with BodyMedia's proprietary algorithms and years of body monitoring expertise, the new wearable patch solution will initially be used as an evaluation tool for weight management. Future applications are expected to include corporate wellness programs, remote elder care and safety, and monitoring of vital signs for a variety of health conditions. Read the full release here and a short write-up in PCMag.com here.
January 6, 2012 | Permalink
OnShift Rated 92.6% in KLAS Research
OnShift received an overall performance score of 92.6 out of 100 for staff scheduling in the KLAS report "Human Capital Management: Finding the Right Vendor Mix." The research measures vendor performance on a variety of criteria including functionality and upgrades, implementation and training, service and support, and contracting. 100% of OnShift customers surveyed said they would buy OnShift again, that OnShift is part of their long-term plans, and the product has all needed functionality. Learn more about how OnShift staff scheduling and shift managmeent software helps control labor costs and increase efficiency at www.onshift.com.
January 4, 2012 | Permalink
Mike Stubler: one of the most influential people in business 2011
Mike Stubler was named One of the Most Influential People in Business for 2011, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. According to the article in the January 1, 2012 edition, Post-Gazette business writers were asked to outline the people who set the tone for the region's business in 2011. As one of our Managing Directors and board member of the PVCA, Mike continues to raise awareness surrounding a crisis in venture capital available for startups locally. Read the full article at www.post-gazette.com
January 3, 2012 | Permalink
Aethon Aids Sinai Hospital in Reducing Medication Turnaround Time, Costs and Missing Doses
By implementing Aethon's TUG robot and MedEx medication tracking system, Sinai Hospital reported reduced medication delivery time, from 60 to 33 minutes, and eliminated the need for the 6.2 full-time equivalents associated with their former manual delivery process. And, upon implementing MedEx, missing medication doses immediately decreased 20 percent resulting in an annualized savings of $150,000. Aethon provides industry-leading, technology-based logistics solutions to hospitals with MedEx and TUG robots. More information can be found at www.aethon.com.
December 16, 2011 | Permalink
Unitask Turns to Video to Spread "Why Be Manual" Message
Unitask, Inc., a leading developer of software solutions that accelerate the realized value of Oracle E-Business Suite implementations, has created a holiday video to spread its message of "Why Be Manual?". View the video and visit www.unitask.com to learn more about Unitask's industry-leading automation software products.
December 15, 2011 | Permalink
BodyMedia to Join Qualcomm Life's Wireless Health 2net Ecosystem
BodyMedia plans to collaborate with Qualcomm Life, to utilize the new 2net(TM) Platform for its BodyMedia FIT(TM) LINK Armband. The collaboration will enable BodyMedia Armband users to share wireless health data, such as calorie expenditure, activity, and sleep patterns, with designated healthcare providers and service companies through the 2net Platform as part of a broad initiative to help improve health outcomes. Additional BodyMedia-collected wellness data is expected to be made available as the company introduces new types of body monitors and expands its support for machine-to-machine connectivity. Future applications will address a broad range of therapeutic conditions and special populations. Learn more at www.bodymedia.com
December 12, 2011 | Permalink