Jonah Comstock

February 28, 2013
One of the many promises of mobile health is self-diagnosis, and for informational medical tests that are easy to perform at home, it's hard to beat urinalysis. One of the most ubiquitous home diagnosis devices of the last century, the home pregnancy test, is a consumer urine test. But although the first home pregnancy test was patented in 1968, it's taken until recently for the many other uses...
February 27, 2013
The study looked at the Air Force's MiCare PHR. The failure of Google Health in 2011 pointed to a critical question about patient health records (PHRs): do people want them? If a giant like Google couldn't get enough people interested in their own health records to continue offering the service, what hope was there for mass market penetration. With Meaningful Use Stage 2 requiring hospitals to...
February 27, 2013
The smart handle from Fraunhofer. Surgeons learn to conduct all sorts of mind-bogglingly complex procedures within our bodies, whether it's installing and adjusting medical devices, removing or ablating tumors, or conducting precise surgery on organs as small as our eyes. Surgeons do incredible work with their hands and manual tools, but a new generation of smart surgical tools, incorporating...
February 26, 2013
Samsung Galaxy SIII There has been a fair amount of speculation this week based on a report in a Korean publication, first picked up by Android technology blog The Droid Guy, that Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S IV smartphone launch will include the launch of a mobile health peripheral. According to the Korean report, the peripheral device is described in part as a "pad" similar in form factor to a...
February 25, 2013
In order to conduct meaningful clinical trials, it's important to have solid metrics for tracking disease trajectories and patient experiences. Developing these patient outcome measures is the goal of PatientsLikeMe's new open-participation research platform, funded by a $1.9 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Pioneer Portfolio. PatientsLikeMe President and co-founder Ben...
February 25, 2013
Triple Tree Associate Joe Long Minnesota investment banking firm Triple Tree has released a report about the rise of consumerism in the healthcare industry. The company says the industry is becoming less like a traditional healthcare system and more like a retail environment, with B2B2C, or business-to-business-to-consumer, business models becoming the dominant format. "Viewed through the lens...
February 21, 2013
Wildflower Health's Due Date Plus app. Rock Health held the demo day for its fourth class this week, highlighting some impressive accomplishments from its newest batch of 14 portfolio companies. Last year, MobiHealthNews reported that this class would start with an increased $100,000 investment from Rock Health, shortly after the incubator signed on Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers. This is also...
February 20, 2013
With its topselling fitness tracker the Nike+ Fuelband, Nike is clearly invested in the mobile health -- or at least mobile fitness -- space. But Nike competitor Reebok (a subsidiary of Germany-based Adidas) has also dipped its corporate toe into the mobile health lake in recent years. Now the company is announcing that a mobile fitness app will be a major component of their 2013 "Live with Fire...
February 20, 2013
Global telehealth vendor Robert Bosch Healthcare Systems announced a partnership with GreatCall, which offers mobile health and personal safety technology for seniors. The goal of the partnership is to "develop and market an innovative line of mobile telehealth and mHealth solutions," according to a release from the companies. "The partnership combines Bosch's evidence-based telehealth solutions...
February 20, 2013
The new HIPAA omnibus rule spurred a lot of discussion, but as with any legislation, how it affects real workflow isn't yet certain. A case study has been published in the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) detailing how HIPAA influences a public health text messaging intervention. Hilary N. Karasz, PhD, Amy Eiden, JD, and Sharon Bogan, MPH of Public Health-Seattle and King's County,...