Jonah Comstock

October 11, 2017
Janssen Research and Development, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, will launch the first clinical trial to use its iSTEP technology toolset, which employs smart blisterpacks and a patient-facing smartphone app, by the end of the year. iSTEP, which stands for Integrated Smart Trial and Engagement Platform, has been under development at Janssen for five years. “The mission of Janssen as an...
October 11, 2017
Health enterprise software company Welltok has acquired Tea Leaves Health from j2 Global subsidiary Ziff Davis for north of $80.8 million. While the company didn't disclose the amount of the acquisition, CEO Jeff Margolis told MobiHealthNews in an interview that the company was required to file with the FTC under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, and that $80.8 million is the HSR reporting threshold....
October 11, 2017
Health2047, the American Medical Association-backed technology innovation enterprise, is working with pharma company Celgene to create a new healthcare information transfer system. As part of the deal, Health2047 is developing a new data transfer protocol for healthcare, focused on security, trustworthiness, and connectivity. More. ... Samsung recently announced two interesting partnerships...
October 10, 2017
Otsuka, the Japanese pharma company that makes the antipsychotic drug Abilify, has partnered with Australian digital health company Medibio to use Medibio’s system to assess the efficacy of its flagship product. Medibio uses wearable-derived data about heart rate, motion, and sleep to create objective biomarkers for mental illness. “We have proprietary algorithms and technology that use circadian...
October 10, 2017
Swiss Precision Diagnostics, a subsidiary of consumer products giant Procter & Gamble which offers the Clearblue fertility test, has released a new version of its testing device with Bluetooth connectivity and a digital app.  "There are lots of fertility apps and we know women like to use these apps," Dr. Fiona Clancy, scientific and medical affairs director at SPD, told MobiHealthNews. "...
October 10, 2017
Researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women's Hospital have developed a proof-of-concept flexible sensor that can be ingested, attaches to the inside of the stomach lining, and collects and transmits data on stomach movement and meal ingestion. The device is piezoelectric, which means it can be powered by the mechanical energy generated by the stomach, allowing it to last for at least two days...
October 6, 2017
Health insurers Cigna and UnitedHealthcare both took the stage in deep dive sessions at the Health 2.0 Fall Conference in Santa Clara, California this week. The two insurers both spoke on the same general theme: what it means to be a customer-centered health insurer in 2017, and how technology can support that vision. “‘Putting the customer at the center of all we do’ is an easy phrase, but for a...
October 6, 2017
Pharma companies are as excited as anyone about the shift to value-based care and the ways that technology can enable it, but they’re increasingly skeptical about the speed of that change. At Health 2.0 this week in Santa Clara, California, at a panel moderated by Kian Beyzavi, principal investor at KBeyzavi and Associates, several innovation executives at pharmaceuticals talked about value-based...
October 5, 2017
Paris-based Cardiologs has raised $6.5 million to support its AI-powered algorithm for ECG analysis. The round was led by a syndicate of investors including Idinvest, ISAI, Kurma Partners, and Partech Ventures, with additional participation from Bpifrance seed fund, an existing investor. This brings the company's total funding to $10 million. “Ambulatory ECG analysis and reporting is a labor-...
October 5, 2017
AgaMatrix, the medical device that launched the first ever iPhone-connected glucometer, has secured a $32 million loan in order to reorganize the company into two distinct entities: AgaMatrix, which will continue to focus on Bluetooth-enabled glucometer's such as the company's newest Jazz Wireless 2 device, and WaveForm Technologies, which will be focused on the development of a proprietary...