Jonah Comstock

January 31, 2018
A new large-scale study shows that interactive, tailored text messages can improve medication adherence by 14 percent. "The program results far exceed our expectations with 44 percent refill rate in the text message group as compared to 30 percent in the non-text group," Rena Brar Prayaga, the paper’s corresponding author and a behavioral data scientist at mPulse Mobile, said in a statement. "In...
January 26, 2018
Last week, we published part 1 of our digital health trends and predictions piece, covering big picture trends like vertical integration and healthcare consumerization, as well as some of the buzzy tech trends of voice, AI, and blockchain. This week, with the help of a range of expert stakeholders, we’re zooming in on four specific areas in digital health to look at what we can expect in the year...
January 25, 2018
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) has partnered with South Korean medical device company EOFlow to accelerate the development of EOPatch, the company's wearable insulin pump. "JDRF is working hard to reduce the burden of living with Type 1 diabetes while we search for ways to cure this disease," Jaime Giraldo, Ph.D., research scientist at JDRF, said in a statement. "Innovation in...
January 25, 2018
Yesterday, Apple made a big, long-awaited announcement in healthcare: the company is entering the personal health record space with Apple Health, a new feature that will interface with EHRs at 12 hospitals.  The news prompted immediate and vibrant feedback on Twitter, much of it centered on whether or not Apple could succeed where numerous others have failed. WeGo Health Chief Strategy Officer...
January 25, 2018
When Fitbit acquired indie smartwatch maker Pebble at the end of 2016, it was clear from the beginning that it would be the end of the line for Pebble devices. In fact, Fitibit didn't even acquire Pebble's hardware assets. A year later, Fitbit seems determined to let Pebble's fiercely loyal userbase down easy — and to convert as many of them as possible into users of the company's fledgling...
January 24, 2018
New Zealand-based smart inhaler company Adherium, which up until now has distributed its products via pharma sales channels in Europe and Australia, plans to expand into the United States in the first half of 2018 with a direct-to-consumer (and direct-to-payer) strategy. “We’ve had a great relationship over the last couple of years with AstraZeneca, we’ve launched in a couple dozen countries now...
January 24, 2018
Correction: A previous version of this article said that Gliimpse founder Anil Sethi was still at Apple. In fact, he left the company last year. After many months of rumors, Apple announced today that it is launching a personal health record (PHR) feature with iOS 11.3, the beta of which launched today to users in Apple's iOS Developer Program. The feature, called Health Records, will aggregate...
January 23, 2018
Wellnicity, an Austin-based company that uses mail-order lab tests to connect people with vitamins and supplements to address particular symptoms, has raised $3.6 million in a new round of funding led by Capstar Partners. "Wellnicity's story began because there were many families who chose not to do medications, or they had failed medication therapies. These clients suffered from sleep disorders...
January 23, 2018
Mount Sinai Health System is trying a new way to get high-risk patients to take their medications: financial incentives. Supported by a grant from Health 2.0 and the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the New York health system has enrolled 12 patients in a pilot with startup Wellth. “What I’m so impressed with is a lot of companies go out and say ‘We want to make this and this is...
January 19, 2018
In 2018, both social and technological trends will drive the transformation of healthcare. MobiHealthNews spoke to a range of stakeholders in the field to ask what they saw coming down the tracks. Read on for some general trends and predictions for digital health and healthcare during the coming year, and beyond. And watch this space next week for part two, including predictions about...