Jonah Comstock

March 14, 2013
Novartis Oncology, a division of the Switzerland-based  pharmaceutical company, has added two new free Apple and Android apps to its catalog: My NET Manage and Clinical Trial Seek. Interestingly, one of their most high-profile apps, VaxTrak, has now disappeared from the Apple and Google Play stores. My NET Manager is an app for patients with neuroendocrine tumors (or NET) to help them manage and...
March 14, 2013
Mobile industry analysts Research2Guidance have come out with a new report on health apps, predicting that in 2017, worldwide mobile health market revenue will total $26 billion. The report categorizes the mobile health market as growing in three phases: an initial trial phase, a commercialization phase, and an integration phase. We are currently in the second phase, the report said, which is "...
March 13, 2013
Medication adherence is a huge problem, and it's one that seems solvable. People fail to take the pills prescribed to them for many reasons, but one of the biggest is forgetfulness, especially among elderly patients who take a lot of medications and can easily become confused. Pillboxes have always been the go-to technology to improve adherence, whether it's a simple Monday-through-Friday...
March 12, 2013
Cardiac Designs' FDA-cleared ECG Check, not yet commercially available. A new ECG device for the iPhone 4s called ECG Check received over-the-counter clearance from the FDA last month. The device, which would be the first product from Park City, Utah-based Cardiac Designs, appears very similar to the AliveCor Heart Monitor, which is currently only cleared for prescription use. The device was...
March 12, 2013
Simplee, makers of an online tool that helps patients deal with medical bills and claims, announced SimpleePAY, a new service offered directly to healthcare providers. When Simplee announced $6 million in first round funding last May, MobiHealthNews described their existing offering, the Simplee medical wallet, as a Mint.com for healthcare, because it helps patients keep track of and make...
March 11, 2013
Last month, Vitality made their GlowCap pill container caps available for direct-to-consumer purchase from CVS. The company has also been quietly developing a new product, the Vitality GlowPack, a customizable pouch which provides similar functionality to the GlowCap. The advantage to the GlowPack is that it can be used it for medications larger than pills. CVS Caremark and Vitality GlowCaps are...
March 11, 2013
"We have sensors in our cars, why don't we have sensors in our bodies?" Dr. Eric Topol, Chief Academic Officer at Scripps Health told the crowd at his HIMSS 2013 keynote address. "We could detect a heart attack before it happens." When Topol is on a plane, there are sensors there, too. Just hours after delivering his speech, Topol was called upon to use the AliveCor Heart Monitor he demonstrated...
March 8, 2013
Emmi Solutions' patient engagement software. Whether intentional or coincidental, the timing of Clay Christensen's controversial Wall Street Journal editorial on "The Coming Failure of ACOs" was interesting, putting Christensen's well-rooted skepticism at the forefront of the conversation going into HIMSS 2013, where ACOs were a dominant topic of discussion. Christensen contends that ACOs will...
March 8, 2013
Source: Ruder Finn mHealth Report Several surveys were released this past week at -- or coinciding with -- HIMSS, focusing on different areas of consumer engagement in digital health. The Atlantic surveyed 1,000 US residents, finding that only 12 percent had emailed or texted their doctors. A Ruder Finn survey of more than 1,000 US adults found that 16 percent of smartphone and tablet users...
March 7, 2013
HIMSS13's showfloor had no small number of dedicated medical tablets, some from big tech companies like Panasonic and Fujitsu and others from dedicated tablet companies like Motion Computing. Here's seven devices that were on display at the show, and one that was being shown off in Austin this week at SXSW. Some devices are enterprise tablets designed for a wide range of uses in manufacturing and...