Jonah Comstock

November 13, 2012
Jawbone, a company known for fashion-minded Bluetooth headsets and iPod speakers, has announced the launch of UP, a durable, water-resistant bracelet that feeds a companion app with sleep and activity data. Sound familiar? It should. This is actually the second launch for UP, which made headlines when it was announced in July 2011, and sold hundreds of thousands of units on Black Friday of last...
November 12, 2012
EarlySense, Inc., an Israeli-based company with a U.S. subsidiary in Waltham, MA, announced a $15 million funding round today. The $15 million brings the company's total funding to $46 million, CEO Avner Halperin told MobiHealthNews. EarlySense manufactures under-mattress sensors and remote monitoring systems for patient beds. EarlySense monitoring is wireless and contact-free; no sensors are...
November 12, 2012
When MobiHealthNews reported on the recent Pew findings last week, we quoted Susannah Fox as saying the Long Tail of the app market likely sustains some niche health apps. One such app, the HysterSisters hysterectomy support app, demonstrates how an existing online community can leverage a social health app with a self-tracking component for additional support. HysterSisters has been around since...
November 12, 2012
Just under a year after it's US launch, Qualcomm Life announced the expansion of its 2net wireless health platform in the European market. Laurent Vandebrouk, managing director of Qualcomm Life Europe, told MobiHealthNews that some of Qualcomm Life's medical device partners are already in the European market, and some partners in the US would like to expand into Europe. Qualcomm's 2net is a cloud...
November 8, 2012
A common media narrative has it that screen time in front of TV and video games is a big contributor to inaction and obesity. But people following mobile health know that video games have the potential to impact fitness in a positive direction as well. In 2010, MobiHealthNews wrote about the potential for virtual avatars to improve fitness feedback. Now, a recent study from the University of...
November 8, 2012
The recent Pew Internet Project study reported that only 9 percent of American adults use texting to get health updates, although 80 percent use text messaging. As app adoption stagnates, some start-ups, like California-based HealthCrowd, are hitching their wagon to mobile messaging, including text messaging, rather than apps, as the future of patient engagement. “There are too many apps out...
November 8, 2012
Source: Pew Internet/CHCF Health Surveys: August 9 ‐ September 13, 2010 , N=3,001 adults; August 7 ‐ September 6, 2012, N=3,014 adults ages 18+. Margin of error for both surveys is +/‐ 3 percentage points for results based on cell phone owners. About 11 percent of all mobile phone users and 19 percent of smartphone users have at least one health app on their device, according to Pew Internet...
November 6, 2012
Mountain View, California-based iHealth Labs announced today the launch of a suite of smartphone-enabled health monitors, which are mostly updates of devices that were already available from the company, a subsidiary of China-based medical device company Andon Health. Best Buy has already begun stocking the Bluetooth-enabled devices, which include the iHealth Wireless Body Analysis Scale, the...
November 6, 2012
A week after Hurricane Sandy swept across the east coast, reports are coming out about the role that digital health applications played during and after the storm. for individuals and for hospitals. During the storm itself, one of the top app downloads was the Red Cross Hurricane App, which combines a storm tracker with emergency functions like a flashlight and alarm. The app also features a...
November 5, 2012
Independence Blue Cross (IBC), a Pennsylvania insurance company announced the launch of a WebMD Digital Health Assistant to their member's portal Friday. The software will provide IBC members with an interactive wellness program, combining an online health risk assessment with a digital coach that will give daily tips, and also allow the user to set personal goals and track their progress in...