Jonah Comstock

November 27, 2012
A new meta-analysis of 11 studies shows that mobile device-enabled interventions can help increase people's physical activity. The study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, is the first meta-analysis of its kind, according to the authors. The 11 studies looked at a broad range of mobile interventions, a few of which seem out of date in the current market. Eight of the 11 used...
November 27, 2012
Qualcomm Ventures is one of several investors in the first round of funding for ClearCare, a San Francisco-based company that provides a front- and back-end online software platform for the home care industry. ClearCare raised $4.6 million in combined seed and first round funds from Qualcomm and venture firms Voyager Capital and Harbor Pacific Capital. Voyager led the round. The 2-year-old...
November 26, 2012
MobiHealthNews covered health coaching platform company Healthrageous's $6.5 million second round funding last month, but the company just announced that the final investor in that round was the Partners Innovation Fund, a division of Partners HealthCare. Partners is the parent company of the Center for Connected Health, the group Healthrageous spun off from when it was founded. Healthrageous CEO...
November 23, 2012
Beyond Lucid Technologies, a 3-year-old startup that offers a mobile platform for first responders, called Mediview, announced a new investor this week. Dalmore Investments LLC, an angel fund based in Minneapolis, gave the company a six-figure convertible note, according to their website. This appears to be the company's first major raise. It will be added to $420,000 in previously announced seed...
November 23, 2012
Wearable health trackers are making a lot of news lately, with three major product launches in the last month, but one big question that remains is what will it take to drive adoption of these trackers, not just among health nuts and tech enthusiasts but among most of middle America? One solution to that problem is media visibility. Feel Rich's partnership with Text4Baby and the NFL and NBAs'...
November 20, 2012
The now-defunct Healogica app. Clinical trials are a clear area where mobile engagement and big data have serious potential, but it's still a largely untapped use case. There have been a lot of stories recently about the opportunities in that space, but also on the challenges companies have encountered in implementing them. At least one abandoned study and one failed company can attest to those...
November 20, 2012
The National Football League has signed a deal with EHR maker eClinicalWorks to transition the league from paper records to an all electronic system. The Boston Globe reported that the NFL will pay between $7 million and $10 million for the 10-year contract. Records will be instantly viewable on a smartphone or tablet by medical staff on the sidelines of the games. As players often move and...
November 20, 2012
The MCOTos, released earlier this year. CardioNet, one of the oldest companies in the mobile cardiac arrhythmia monitoring space, announced the launch of a new product last week, the wEvent wireless event monitor. "This new wireless device provides physicians a much improved replacement to their traditional event monitor," CEO Joseph Capper said in a statement. "The wEvent, unlike existing event...
November 19, 2012
The Doro Secure 740, Doro's new 3G smartphone Doro, the Swedish company that makes mobile phones specifically designed for seniors, has announced a partnership with Bosch Healthcare to expand Bosch's European telehealth network to include a mobile phone-based component. Up until now, Bosch's telehealth offering in Europe has been in the home, Doro CEO Jerome Arnaud told MobiHealthNews....
November 16, 2012
This week, the Cochrane Library published a review of mobile messaging-based smoking cessation interventions. The report found that, based on five studies, with a total of more than 9,000 participants, smokers who used mobile messaging interventions were twice as likely to make it six months without smoking than those who didn't. "We can’t say from the result that this means all text messaging...