Jonah Comstock

April 1, 2013
Digital health accelerator Healthbox announced its second Boston class this week. The accelerator's Boston program is one of three along with its original site in Chicago and London, which had its demo day in January. Just like last time, Healthbox's partner for the Boston class is Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Healthbox announced that with this class they're extending their 14-week...
April 1, 2013
A recent meta-analysis from The Cochrane Library found that computer-based interventions for Type 2 diabetes provide, at best, a small improvement from traditional care methods. The analysis, based on 16 studies, found that the interventions reduced A1C (the standard measure for blood glucose control) by 0.2 percent, although that rose to 0.5 percent for mobile-based interventions. Measures of...
April 1, 2013
The state of California's Office of the Patient Advocate (OPA) released its 2013 quality report cards for health plans. This time, though, they released the information via a newly redesigned website and, for the first time, as an app for iPhone and iPad. The report cards allow patients to compare 10 Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), six Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs), and 209...
March 27, 2013
Sensiotec, an Atlanta-based startup that's developing contactless remote patient monitoring technology, raised $1 million from investor George Harris. Harris, a former leveraged buyout specialist introduced to the company by chief medical officer Dr. Neal Templeton, will also join the company's board, CEO Robert Arkin told MobiHealthNews in an email. The round brings Sensiotec's total funding to...
March 27, 2013
Jawbone UP's new Android app. Jawbone UP made its latest move last week in the increasingly crowded wearable activity tracker field: The company introduced an Android companion app for its wristworn tracker and also launched the UP in Europe, with Asia, Australia, and the Middle East to come. The multinational launch includes additional support for 11 languages to the iOS app, and the bracelet...
March 27, 2013
Philips Design has developed a new system that uses a combination of smartphones, a wall projector, and design principles to help improve women's birth experiences in the Netherlands, and is about to launch a pilot. Developed after field study and piloted with 60 women in three different delivery rooms, the system builds on the design team's principle of ambient design. In the system, expectant...
March 26, 2013
It's possible that folks in the industry can be a little too quick to call out signs of the times that mobile health has "gone mainstream" or "hit the big leagues." But there certainly have been some strong signs lately. Samsung announced mobile health features as a key part of its release strategy for the Galaxy S4. The House of Representatives hosted three days to holding hearings on mobile...
March 25, 2013
CVS has officially upped the ante in the pharmacy app game. At Mad*Pow's Healthcare Experience Design Conference (HXD2013) in Boston, CVS Caremark Chief Digital Officer Brian Tilzer announced a new CVS iPad app, just as it hit the AppStore. "The culture of digital experimentation is something we're taking very seriously," Tilzer told attendees at HXD this afternoon. "It's not a normal app, it's...
March 25, 2013
Attendees at Mad*Pow's Healthcare Experience Design (HXD) 2013 conference in Boston got one freebie that wasn't in the gift bag: an extra seven-and-a-half minutes of their life. At least, that's according to SuperBetter founder Jane McGonigal, who took attendees through a demo of the SuperBetter game in her morning keynote. SuperBetter, a Rock Health startup that's received a fair amount of media...
March 22, 2013
Philips eICU system Kalorama Information released a report this year on remote patient monitoring, stating that the US market increased from $8.9 billion in 2011 to $10.6 billion in 2012, an increase of 19 percent. Kalorama's numbers looked at what the New York-based research firm calls "advanced remote patient monitoring", which it defines as technologies that have wireless or remote...