Amazon gets into health tracking with Halo Band, challenging Apple, Fitbit

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“Despite the rise in digital health services and devices over the last decade, we have not seen a corresponding improvement in population health in the U.S.” said Maulik Majmudar, Principal Medical Officer for Amazon Halo, in a statement. Majmudar said Amazon seeks to use its expertise in software designed to detect and analyze patterns to help people learn and maintain better habits.

The company is offering invite-only early access to the Halo beginning Thursday with an introductory price of US$64.99 that includes six months of the service for free. Insurer John Hancock, a unit of Manulife Financial Corp., said on Thursday that it would let customers link Amazon Halo data to a wellness program geared toward rewarding customers for healthier habits.

Fitbit’s shares slipped slightly after the announcement. They were little changed at US$6.43 at 10:45 a.m. in New York. Amazon in recent years has launched new devices at press events held in September. With the COVID-19 pandemic making many in-person events impossible, Amazon hasn’t announced plans for a similar showcase this year.

 

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