Jonah Comstock

January 17, 2013
Humetrix iBlueButton app won the ONC's Blue Button Mashup Challenge. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is working to promote more patient engagement and access with their own records. One avenue of this work is with the Meaningful Use Stage 2 guidelines, but the office is also working with data holders and app developers to encourage the development...
January 16, 2013
Konami might not be a familiar name in healthcare, but gamers likely recognize the Japanese company as one of the pioneers of the video game industry that successfully transitioned from jukeboxes to arcade games to home video game systems in the 1980s. And now, in partnership with UnitedHealthcare (a division of UnitedHealth Group), the company is entering the field of public health, offering...
January 15, 2013
Medical reference app and iBook maker Orca Health announced a partnership with Harvard Medical School this week. Starting with Orca's existing HeartDecide app, Harvard Medical will begin supplying the content for Orca's interactive apps while Orca continues to focus on design and engineering. Orca began as a hobby for CEO Matt Berry, whose father is a spine surgeon in Salt Lake City, Utah, where...
January 14, 2013
GE Healthcare and StartUp Health announced a partnership last week to offer GE mentorship and support to a new class of ten consumer health companies. Startups in the three-year program will be enrolled in the StartUp Academy along with about 65 other companies, but will also receive additional benefits like a dedicated GE executive mentor and access to a "virtual commercial laboratory" to test...
January 11, 2013
InTouch Health's Remote Presence Virtual + Independent Telemedicine Assistant, or RP-VITA, announced in July 2012, received FDA 510(K) clearance in November, the company announced this week. The RP-VITA was developed in partnership with iRobot, the company that created the Roomba vacuum cleaner, as well as some telepresence robots for the military. The device is a 5-foot rolling robot with a...
January 10, 2013
By Jonah Comstock and Brian Dolan Self-tracking, self-monitoring, and using smartphone peripherals to encourage health habits are emerging as big themes at this year's CES, getting coverage not just in the tech press, but also in mainstream outlets like CNN and the Wall Street Journal. While the big companies focus on filling in holes in their product lines and staying competitive with one...
January 9, 2013
Care Thread, a Providence, Rhode Island-based company that makes a secure messaging app for doctors, has announced $250,000 in seed funding from Slater Technology Fund. Care Thread CEO Dr. Scott Guelich told MobiHealthNews that the company has raised an additional $100,000 from undisclosed angel investors. Slater Technology Fund is a Rhode Island-based economic development fund with a focus on...
January 9, 2013
The Federal Communications Commission will provide $400 million in funding to rural hospitals and care facilities to support telemedicine infrastructure. Starting at the end of the summer in 2013, nonprofit hospitals will be able to apply for funding to build or expand their broadband networks, allowing rural clinics to connect to urban medical centers to allow remote consultation with...
January 9, 2013
iHealth Labs, a California-based subsidiary of China's Andon Health is expanding its line of iOS-enabled wireless health peripherals, the company announced at CES Las Vegas this week. The company will be adding a wireless blood glucometer and a wireless pulse oximeter to their product offerings, though FDA clearance is still pending for both devices. iHealth currently makes blood pressure...
January 7, 2013
Digital health incubator Rock Health has released it's 2012 year in review report, and it shows that venture capital investment in digital health is robust, if still tentative by some measures. Overall investment is up, but a large percentage of the numbers are accounted for by a few big deals and a few big investors. Venture capitalists invested $1.4 billion in digital health in 2012, a 45...