Jonah Comstock

April 17, 2013
StartUp Health has announced a new partnership with AARP as part of AARP's Innovation@50+ program which began at the end of 2011. AARP will sponsor a new track of StartUp Health research focused on digital health products and services for people 50 and older, as well as master classes for StartUp companies. AARP will sponsor StartUp Health's quarterly reports. StartUp Health spokesperson Nicole...
April 17, 2013
PatientsLikeMe Vice President for Advocacy Sally Okun spoke at TEDMED about the idea of building a "patient lexicon" to make it as easy for patients to talk about their conditions and compare notes as it is for doctors. "As a pallative care nurse, much of my time was spent in the homes of patients. Sometimes it simply was about giving them the opportunity to say to me 'Is this normal?' 'Do other...
April 17, 2013
Deborah Estrin One of the themes of this year's TEDMED conference was data liberation, kicked off by two speakers: Deborah Estrin, a computer scientist at Cornell Tech and Amy Abernethy, a cancer researcher at Duke Clinical Research Center. Estrin and Abernethy each talked about a rich source of data that could revolutionize healthcare, but isn't currently being tapped; Estrin talked about the "...
April 17, 2013
As healthcare accelerators and incubators continue to grow and spread, they're also evolving as the unique needs of healthcare startups become apparent. For many incubators, that means a stronger focus on providing ongoing working relationships with established industry partners like payers, providers, and pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Healthbox's Nina Nashif stressed the...
April 15, 2013
Cleveland Clinic has built an app to help both physicians and patients find cancer clinical trials. The app, available for free from the iOS AppStore and the Google Play store, allows users to search the Cleveland Clinic's the 130 active clinical trials by disease, phase, hospital location, or doctor. Although the app has been available since the end of January, the Cleveland Clinic has just...
April 15, 2013
Microsoft HealthVault is one way patients can track health data. Seventy percent of doctors report that at least one patient is sharing some form of health measurement data with them, according to Manhattan Research's annual "Taking the Pulse" online survey of 2,950 practicing physicians. Self-tracking is a budding area of research for pollsters -- it was the headliner metric for the Pew...
April 15, 2013
Healthbox CEO Nina Nashif After bringing their incubator to Europe last year, Healthbox has announced that its next class will be based in Jacksonville, Florida, sponsored by Florida Blue. Like Healthbox's previous locations in Chicago and Boston, companies will receive $50,000 in seed capital and participate in a 16-week program. Healthbox will receive 7 percent equity in the companies. As...
April 11, 2013
Simplee, the healthcare billing engagement company, has taken its online medical wallet platform mobile, by releasing a free app for iOS and a mobile-friendly version of their website for other smartphone operating systems. Simplee users have been requesting a mobile interface -- and even accessing the web version from their mobile devices -- for some time, Chief Marketing Officer John Adractas...
April 11, 2013
Taylor Salinardi talks about Bon App. (Photo by Aditi Pai) This week, MobiHealthNews co-hosted a special healthcare-themed Mobile Monday event at Ned Devine's bar here in Boston to showcase some local mobile health startups. The five startups presented a diverse range of products tackling different challenges in mobile health. The first company, RxApps, is leveraging SMS and responsive web as...
April 10, 2013
Only four months into 2013, we've already seen several big moves from companies presenting as "health social networks." In late January, Audax Health raised $21 million for its social network Zensey, and announced a partnership with Cigna. In February, employee wellness program Keas announced a new product that signaled a pivot into the health social network sphere. Last week, OneHealth raised $9...