Jonah Comstock

By Jonah Comstock 12:14 pmJuly 2, 2020
When Apple vice president of technology Kevin Lynch announced at WWDC last week that Apple Watch would add an automatic handwashing-detection feature in its next update, many people naturally assumed the feature was prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic – a public health emergency that has strongly underscored the importance of handwashing. Not so, Lynch told MobiHealthNews in a recent interview. The...
By Jonah Comstock 02:31 pmJune 24, 2020
COVID-19 has rapidly changed the world for nearly everyone, especially for those working in and around the healthcare space. Digital health entrepreneurs are no exception. As the markets they serve, the investors who fund them and the patients they’re trying to help all grapple with how the pandemic has changed their world, many startups are finding they have to pivot in order to survive. “It’s...
By Jonah Comstock 06:01 pmJune 22, 2020
In addition to the features announced today at the WWDC opening keynote, Apple has also made some additional updates to health-tracking features in iOS14 and Watch OS7. The company unveiled the features — related to hearing health and functional capacity — in a press release today. The first feature is an update to the Noise app, originally launched in Watch OS6. Based on World Health...
By Jonah Comstock 03:47 pmJune 22, 2020
At the opening keynote for WWDC2020, Apple’s virtual developer conference, the company announced a few additional health and fitness capabilities for the Apple Watch — though the event was relatively light on health content, especially compared to previous years. Sleep tracking arrives at last One such feature — sleep tracking — has been a notable omission for the wearable ever since it was first...
By Jonah Comstock 01:02 pmMay 29, 2020
Following up on our episode from a few weeks ago, host Jonah Comstock sits down (virtually of course) with Dr. Gustavo Kinrys, medical director and vice president of mental health services at Teladoc Health to discuss findings from a recent survey on COVID-19 and behavioral health, as well as his own experiences seeing patients via telehealth during the pandemic.   Here's a release from Teladoc...
By Jonah Comstock 04:38 pmApril 17, 2020
With the COVID-19 pandemic preventing large gatherings of any kind, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation last week was forced to hold its hearing on big data and privacy protections in response to the pandemic as a “paper hearing.” Participants submitted written testimony only. Lawmakers sent those experts questions, and the panel responded with written answers. Despite...
By Jonah Comstock 08:40 amApril 9, 2020
  Even before the current crisis, connected technology and the Internet of Health Things were growing in prominence and adoption. Now, spurred on by people’s efforts to stay at home as much as possible, this technology is even more important. But as health information and health data move into the homes and into consumers’ personal devices, concerns about privacy and security are giving pause...
By Jonah Comstock 01:43 pmMarch 10, 2020
Ask 10 healthcare stakeholders what "digital health" is and odds are you'll get 10 different answers. It's an imprecise terminology, a reality that has vexed the industry and its press on more than one occasion. Last week, HIMSS (MobiHealthNews's parent company) posted its own definition that it hopes will provide useful clarity to the industry, along with a white paper that presents HIMSS' ...
By Jonah Comstock 03:43 pmFebruary 20, 2020
Insulin pump maker Insulin announced partnerships yesterday with two of the leading continuous glucose monitor companies, Abbott and Dexcom. Both involve the Insulet’s Omnipod Horizon Automated Insulin Delivery System which uses a tubeless, wearable “Pod” to deliver insulin for 72 hours at a time. Abbott and Insulet have partnered to offer a new integrated digital health platform that will...