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Quest Diagnostics and Withings WiFi Scale Integrate Mobile Software Weight Tracking

Posted Feb 11 2011 12:30pm

We have yet one more way to automate putting you weight measurements into a personal healthcare record.  Just this week the announcement was made about certifying personal health records with their wireless connectivity.  As software development continues we are certainly being presented with a lot of options today and the main focus is to make sure they of course all communicate with each other.

The Withings Scale as you may or may not know already connects to Microsoft HealthVault to wirelessly store your weight.  There’s an option to tweet it if you like but I don’t get very excited about that and my readers would probably tell me where to go if I dumped all of that information out there. Gazelle™ is the mobile health app from Quest Diagnostics that works with a Blackberry and an Iphone. 

It is interesting that we have all these applications built and available, but when it comes right down to use, how many consumers are really doing this?  I still have a hard time finding folks that know what a personal health record is, and that includes doctors too who have no clue.  We keep building it and how many are really coming to use?  At any rate if you want to incorporate by using the Quest system to record your weigh within their mobile application, here’s the program.  BD 

MADISON, N.J., Feb. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Quest Diagnostics and Withings announced that the Withings WiFi Body Scale, the world's first WiFi connected personal weight scale, can now automatically import body weight data directly into Gazelle™, the secure mobile health platform from Quest Diagnostics.  With Gazelle, users can electronically receive their Quest Diagnostics laboratory results and manage their personal health information directly from their Apple® iPhone, BlackBerry®, and soon, Google Android®, smartphones. 

The WiFi Body Scale automatically records the user's body weight and body mass index (BMI) and transmits the information to a secure webpage or to WiScale, Withings free iPhone application.  The scale can track up to eight users and each user has the ability to designate where they want their weight information to go when they step on the scale.  Also, if enabled by the user, the scale can automatically "Tweet" their information for feedback and motivation. For more information about Withings, go to www.withings.com

"We're pleased to bring to Gazelle the advanced capabilities of the Withings WiFi Body Scale, which helps patients better understand and manage their health by wirelessly tracking their weight and delivering their personal data into Gazelle," said Neil Desai, Gazelle Product Manager at Quest Diagnostics. "Over the coming months, we will continue to add additional capabilities from best-in-class partners as we expand and enhance the Gazelle Mobile Health platform."  image

Introduced in October of 2010, Gazelle allows users to see, store and share their vital health information with ease and security while on the go.  For example, Gazelle allows a patient to receive their Quest Diagnostics lab results directly on their smartphone and, if they choose, conveniently share the results by e-mail or fax with their doctors and other health care providers.  More information about Gazelle's features are available at www.MyGazelleApp.com .  

About Quest Diagnostics:

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE: DGX ) is the world's leading provider of diagnostic testing, information and services that patients and doctors need to make better healthcare decisions. The company offers the broadest access to diagnostic testing services through its network of laboratories and patient service centers, and provides interpretive consultation through its extensive medical and scientific staff. Quest Diagnostics is a pioneer in developing innovative new diagnostic tests and advanced healthcare information technology solutions that help improve patient care. Additional company information is available at: www.QuestDiagnostics.com .

About Withings:

Withings is a French start-up established by three executives from the technology and telecom industry. With a focus on the innovation and design for everyday products, Withings has introduced three products since its inception in 2009—the World's first WiFi Body Scale, the Withings Blood Pressure Monitor and the Smart Baby Monitor.  For more information, visit www.withings.com .

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