Jonah Comstock

February 23, 2017
Connected health has arrived, almost. In a talk this week at the Digital and Personal Connected Health conference at HIMSS17 in Orlando, Partners HealthCare VP of Connected Health Dr. Joseph Kvedar talked about how far advances like telemedicine and remote patient monitoring have come, how far they still have to go, and how the industry can clear the final hurdles between today’s early adopters...
February 23, 2017
Doctor.com, a New York-based company that makes tools to help doctors manage their online presence and book appointments, has raised $5 million in a round led by Spring Mountain Capital.  "While our growth has been highly capital-efficient to date, the time was right to bring in additional funding to support the expansion of our healthcare marketing automation platform," CEO Andrei Zimiles said...
February 23, 2017
The hard financial news wasn't good on Fitbit's fourth quarter earnings call: The company's revenue, at $574 million, was down 19.3 percent year-over-year, and down $2 million from the company's projection. It was also the second consecutive quarter that the company missed its earnings target. Fitbit released a statement a few weeks ago detailing the immediate plan to get earnings back on track:...
February 22, 2017
Patient engagement company Medfusion has acquired NexSched, which makes a patient-facing appointment scheduling tool. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. “With NexSched, we are meeting the patient demand for an improved healthcare experience, and arming practices with the technology they need to be successful in a consumer-driven market,” Kimberly Labow, CEO of Medfusion, said in a...
February 22, 2017
Teladoc is the latest telemedicine company to incorporate connected devices into its offering via an expanded partnership with FDA-cleared connected thermometer company Kinsa.  The Teladoc app will automatically detect the Kinsa app on a user’s phone, and guide the user to Kinsa. Users can also import up to 10 days of temperature readings into the Teladoc platform from the Kinsa app. That data...
February 22, 2017
The Proteus Discover digital health system uses an ingestible sensor embedded in a pill to record data about – among other things – patients’ medication adherence. The sensor sends data to an adhesive patch, which in turn sends it to a mobile device. But what are the use cases that require that kind of precision and reliability? For the Children’s Health, a system of pediatric hospitals in the...
February 21, 2017
Xcertia, the new standards body for mobile apps that launched late last year at the Connected Health Conference, held a meeting at HIMSS to explain more about the organization's approach and to extend a plea for more industry voices to join the membership-based organization. The founding members include the American Medical Association, the American Heart Association, HIMSS, and DHX Group. DHX...
February 21, 2017
At the Digital and Personal Connected Health Event at HIMSS in Orlando, Cedars-Sinai Director of Health Services Research Brennan Spiegel spoke some more about his experiences using virtual reality to help alleviate patients’ pain and allow them to virtually escape the confines of the hospital during their recovery. “We’ve now done this with well over 300 of our patients and we have been learning...
February 20, 2017
Carolinas HealthCare System Vice President of Information and Analytics Services Pamela Landis introduced the MyCarolinas tracker program at HIMSS 2016, just about a year ago. At the Digital and Personal Connected Health event at HIMSS today, Landis revisited the ongoing program and shared data and results from some small pilots at the hospital.  MyCarolinas Tracker is an app that lets patients...
February 19, 2017
At the Pop Health Forum last fall, Cleveland Clinic Chief Experience Officer Dr. Adrienne Boissy talked about her definition of patient engagement, and how much bigger it is than just apps. At the Personal and Digital Connected Health event at HIMSS today, Boissy expanded on those ideas, giving several specific examples of how Cleveland Clinic is realizing those ideas. “Patients should be...