Jonah Comstock

November 21, 2017
Brisbane, Australia-based ResApp intended to have its software, which uses a smartphone microphone to diagnose respiratory conditions based on coughs, well on its way through the FDA by now. But this past summer, the company’s big plans hit a major setback when the data came back from its landmark clinical trial, conducted at such austere institutions as Massachusetts General Hospital, Cleveland...
November 21, 2017
San Francisco health startup Ginger.io went public today with a major pivot that the company has been undergoing over the last year and a half. While the startup began life as a passive monitoring company that sold its artificial intelligence technology to hospitals, it has reinvented itself as a healthcare provider in its own right, offering a full service online and app-based mental healthcare...
November 20, 2017
The University of California at Davis Health System has received a $2 million grant over five years to test a telemedicine program for children with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, spinal cord injuries, and other disabilities. According to the AHRQ database, UC Davis will receive $396,557 for FY 2017. The project is expected to conclude in July 2022. UC Davis offers free coordinated care to...
November 17, 2017
Correction: An earlier version of this article was unclear about differences between Abilify MyCite and the Proteus Digital Medicine Platform.  Earlier this week, Proteus Digital Health and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals announced that Abilify MyCite, a new, sensor-enabled version of Otsuka’s drug for schizophrenia, had received FDA approval for mental health conditions including schizophrenia and...
November 16, 2017
Forward, a membership-based healthcare startup founded by former Googler Adrian Aoun, is opening its second location only about a year after it began seeing patients in San Francisco. The practice will head next to Los Angeles. "Now we’re saying, we’re going to go ahead and roll this out to the world and not just do our little test bed here," Aoun told MobiHealthNews. "And as we’re doing that,...
November 16, 2017
Medical device software company Voluntis has received an updated FDA clearance (as well as an updated CE mark) for its Insulia app, a "digital companion" app for people with Type 2 diabetes. Insulia offers realtime basal insulin dose coaching, and the new clearance makes the app usable with two additional brands of insulin: Basaglar and Tresiba. The app had already worked for users of Lantus,...
November 15, 2017
Pacifica Labs has added a therapist directory feature to its mental health app, further connecting the app to the provider dashboard the company launched in February. "A lot of times what may happen for an individual as they start using Pacifica is they’ll realize that this is something that’s affecting them a lot more deeply than they thought," CEO Dale Beerman told MobiHealthNews. "And then how...
November 13, 2017
A number of digital health devices have recieved FDA 510(k) clearance in the last month, including a number of apps and devices in the cardiac health space. Some clearances are updates to companies that have one or more existing clearances, while some are newly cleared devices. Read on for a roundup of connected ECG sensors, medical device companion apps, and wearable patches. 1. St. Jude Medical...
November 10, 2017
San Francisco-based Welkin Health, which which specializes in patient relationship management through messaging services and workflow organization, has raised $8 million in a new round led by Thrive Capital. This brings Welkin’s total funding to $12 million. “We’re extremely proud of the team we’ve built at Welkin,” Chase Hensel, Welkin’s CEO and cofounder, said in a statement. “We started this...
November 10, 2017
Hal Wolf, the new CEO of HIMSS, thinks adding a three letter word to his organization’s mission statement will go a long way toward positioning HIMSS for the future. Instead of the old tagline “transforming health through information technology”, Wolf wants it to read “transforming health through information and technology”. “My experience is there’s nothing that’s actually a technology project...