Jonah Comstock

Dr. Sumbul Desai, Apple's VP of Health, presents the new Apple Watch blood oxygenation sensor at an event in September.
By Jonah Comstock 10:32 am October 30, 2020
When Apple announced its Series 6 Watch wearable last month, with new features, including VO2 Max and blood oxygenation sensors, the tech giant also announced three new clinical studies that would use the device. We expounded on one, an asthma study, in collaboration with Anthem, last month. But the other two, focused on heart failure and respiratory conditions like flu, respectively, have not...
A screenshot of Novartis's data42 initiative, shown during the company's HLTH presentation on digital strategy.
By Jonah Comstock 03:40 pm October 15, 2020
Novartis's digital strategy hasn't changed too much since MobiHealthNews spoke with the pharma company in 2018. But, at the HLTH virtual conference this week, Novartis Chief Digital Officer Betrand Bodson reiterated the company's four-part strategy, focusing especially on its partnerships, including those with Microsoft, Amazon and China's Tencent. "We started this agenda in earnest two and a...
By Jonah Comstock 02:20 pm September 16, 2020
While Apple’s big announcement yesterday was around a new blood oxygenation sensor, the company also rolled out a new video fitness class offering which could turn out to be even more impactful for the company. WHAT HAPPENED? Apple Fitness+, a diverse subscription platform of fitness videos designed to be used in conjunction with an Apple Watch and its activity-tracking functions, brings Apple...
By Jonah Comstock 03:04 pm September 15, 2020
Apple announced today at a virtual event that its upcoming Series 6 Apple Watch will include a blood oxygenation sensor, a first for the Apple Watch (but not for the wearable space). As it did with the ECG, Apple is launching a set of partnered research studies using the new capabilities of the Watch. Additionally, WatchOS7 will use existing sensors to measure a lower range of VO2 Max values....
By Jonah Comstock 10:54 am September 10, 2020
While some of the more obvious barriers to digital therapeutics adoption in Europe have come crashing down recently, adoption is still hampered by cultural momentum. That was the conclusion of a group of digital therapeutics stakeholders who presented at HIMSS & Health 2.0 Europe Digital Event today, in a session moderated by YourCoach Health chairman and COO Eugene Borukhovich. “Once a...
By Jonah Comstock 10:07 am August 20, 2020
Update: This story has been updated with additional information from Carré Technologies. OMSignal, a Canadian digital health startup that helped to pioneer the smart clothing space, is out of business as of February 2019, MobiHealthNews has learned. The company declared bankruptcy and sold some of its patents to Honeywell Safety Products.  According to a notice published by PricewaterhouseCoopers...
By Jonah Comstock 03:02 pm August 18, 2020
Sam Glassenberg, CEO of Level Ex, dodged the family business of medicine and went into video game design. But his path led him right back to the world of medicine “All of this came to a head in 2012 when my father, who is an anesthesiologist, finally gave up and said ‘All right Sam, you’re not going to medical school. It’s too late. So at least put this game silliness to good use and make me a...
By Jonah Comstock 03:03 pm August 17, 2020
The current moment of health innovation and investment spurred by the COVID-19 crisis seems to be accelerating, if not driving, the consolidation of the digital health space. While Teladoc and Livongo loom as the most striking recent example, Omada’s purchase of Physera in May was also bolstered by the pandemic and its follow-on effects, CEO Sean Duffy told MobiHealthNews in a recent interview....
By Jonah Comstock 03:20 pm July 31, 2020
SOC Telemed, formerly Specialists on Call, will join the Nasdaq stock exchange by merging with Healthcare Merger Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company. Sometimes referred to as a "blank check" acquisition, merging with a special purpose acquisition company is an alternate way for a company to go public. The combined company will operate under the name SOC Telemed and will be listed...