The Journal of mHealth Vol 1 Issue 1 (Feb 2014) - Page 12

Industry News Samsung Receives FDA Clearance for S Health App For the first time, Samsung has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its S Health app. The categorisation of the clearance as a cardiology signal transmitter suggests that the clearance will allow S Health to interface with additional connected medical devices in the United States. Samsung’s S Health app originally launched for Galaxy S III users in the UK in the summer of 2012. At the time, it received data from Lifescan’s OneTouch UltraMini/UltraEasy Blood Glucose Meter via a USB connection. It also worked with Omron’s blood pressure monitors and one of its body composition scales via Bluetooth, and similar devices from A&D. That release never found its way to the US, possibly because of FDA clearance concerns. S Health finally launched in the US with the Galaxy S4, but rather than connecting to third party medical devices, it relied on manual entry and purported to connect to three devices from Samsung: a weight scale, a heart rate strap, and a wrist-worn activity tracker. Those devices have still not been made available for purchase in the US, although the weight scale and heart rate strap can be purchased in Samsung’s UK store. “S Health peripherals, specifically the Heart Rate Monitor Band and Connected Weight Scale, will be available before the end of the year,” the company told MobiHealthNews in an email last August. “Samsung is working on perfecting the S Band and will announce when we’re ready for its commercial launch.” Meanwhile, Samsung has continued to work on the S Health app in several ways. In August, the company added gamified avatar characters to the Korean version of the app. In October, Cigna and Samsung announced a multi-year partnership to enhance the app with content from Cigna. Samsung filed for clearance in July 2013. If FDA clearance is the factor that has held the company back from launching the various UK device connectivity features in the United States, this clearance could pave the way for rapid changes for US Samsung customers.  mHealth Alliance announces move to South Africa The international organisation, composed of more than 300 organisations from 59 countries, has announced a move to South Africa in 2014 and a co-location with the Johannesburg-based Praekelt Foundation, a long-standing leader in 10 February 2014 the development of programs that promote social well-being. Organisation officials say the move “reflects the alliance’s natural evolution to engage in projects and initiatives that focus on specific countries or regions, while still maintaining the powerful global voice it has cultivated through its relationship with the UN Foundation.” “We’re proud of the catalytic role that the alliance has played in moving the mHealth, as well as the