Jonah Comstock

September 12, 2017
Ieso Digital Health, a Cambridge, UK-based digital behavioral health company, has raised $24 million in a new round of funding led by European VC firms Draper Esprit and Touchstone Innovations. The company offers cognitive behavioral therapy via text-based messaging that takes place in a secure virtual room. Ieso collects data from sessions and uses machine learning to continue training its...
September 12, 2017
While ransomware is still the most significant healthcare security risk, medical device hacking is a concern that continues to grow. Just last week, the Department of Homeland Security issued a detailed warning about vulnerabilities in Medfusion's Syringe Infusion Pump. At the HIMSS Media Healthcare Security Forum in Boston today, speakers described the many problems inherent in defending older...
September 11, 2017
Boston-based eye tracking company SyncThink has made major changes to its marketing materials since the FDA objected to its labeling in a warning letter. The letter is dated July 31st; MedCityNews first spotted the missive. "Specifically, the EYE-SYNC device was cleared as a prescription device under K152915 with the following indications for use: recording, viewing, and analyzing eye movements...
September 11, 2017
New research from DRG Digital | Manhattan Research suggests that physicians are already beginning to use voice assistants like Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa at work. In the company's annual "Taking the Pulse" survey of 2,784 physicians, 23 percent said they used a voice assistant "for professional reasons". That's a broad umbrella that includes dictating messages and using Siri for internet...
September 11, 2017
One day before another big announcement day for Apple, CEO Tim Cook has given some expansive comments to Fortune about the company's aspirations and motivations in the health space. In comments that touched on everything from the Apple Watch to ResearchKit, the tech giant CEO talked about how Apple approaches health differently than a lot of other companies. "We’re extremely interested in this...
September 10, 2017
Massachusetts General Hospital is launching a pilot study of Heart Habits, a cardiac care management app from Jana Care. “Heart failure patients, as we all know, are pretty complex,” Dr. Nasrien Ibrahim, a cardiologist at MGH and one of the lead investigators, told MobiHealthNews. “They have lots of medication regimens, they get lots of instructions from us, and morbidity and mortality is pretty...
September 10, 2017
A new study reaffirms that medical abortions via telemedicine are no more likely to cause complications than the same procedures conducted in person. Published last week in Obstetrics and Gynecology, the study looked at real world data from seven years of medical abortions in the state of Iowa, a total of 8,765 telemedicine and 10,405 in-person medical abortions. They looked at adverse event...
September 7, 2017
Proteus Digital Health has made a high-profile addition to its board of directors: Dr. Regina Benjamin, who served as US Surgeon General from 2009 to 2013. "I am honored and excited to join the board of Proteus Digital Health,” Benjamin said in a statement. “As a nation, we are facing increasing challenges with chronic illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, hepatitis, behavioral...
September 7, 2017
Good news for anyone who thought Fitbit's move toward the smartwatch market would be a move away from health: The wearable maker has just announced a partnership with Dexcom that will bring data from the company's continuous glucose monitor directly to the display of Fitbit's upcoming Ionic smartwatch. Athough Fitbit's have been used in the management of chronic diseases in a number of hospital...
September 6, 2017
Questions raised about IBM Watson for Oncology. A new report from STAT suggests that IBM has been overpromising and underdelivering with the cancer treatment application of its artificial intelligence engine. The article points out a lack of independent, peer-reviewed studies validating the software, and charges that Watson "doesn’t create new knowledge and is artificially intelligent only in the...