Jonah Comstock

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...
By Jonah Comstock 03:44 pmFebruary 19, 2020
This story has been updated to include additional information. Israel’s Sheba Medical Center is preparing to take custody of the 12 Israeli passengers onboard the Diamond Princess, the cruise ship that has been quarantined in Japan for several weeks because of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The group does not include any confirmed cases — the two Israelis in that number are being treated in a hospital...
By Jonah Comstock 04:28 pmFebruary 18, 2020
Last year Oklahoma Heart Hospital switched up its vendor for appointment scheduling to great affect. As HIMSS Media reported at the time, switching to Relatient took the hospital’s no-show rate down from around 6.5% to 5.1% and saved the hospital nearly a million dollars on an annual basis. Jonathan Minson, lead software architect at OHH will present at HIMSS20 last month along with Relatient...
By Jonah Comstock 04:18 pmFebruary 10, 2020
Update: HIMSS20 has been canceled due to the coronavirus. Read more here. Last year, Apple announced the results of the Apple Heart Study, an ambitious digitally-enabled research project that also tapped the talents of Stanford University, BioTelemetry, and telemedicine company American Well. Through the study, more than 400,000 individuals helped Apple and Stanford learn about atrial...
By Jonah Comstock 09:49 amJanuary 21, 2020
One of the biggest digital health success stories of the two decades is in the diabetes space, especially the continuous glucose monitor (or CGM). The first CGM was approved by the FDA in 1999, but in the last decade we've seen CGMs become smaller, longer lasting and more comfortable, and we've seen huge strides in datasharing as CGM-phone connectivity went from novelty to commodity.  Dexcom has...
By Jonah Comstock 11:48 amJanuary 17, 2020
As 2020 gets underway, the federal government has set its sights on bringing innovation to an area of health that affects one in seven Americans and costs the government more than NASA and the Department of Commerce combined, yet hasn’t seen major innovation since the 1970s. That area is kidney disease. Both HHS Chief Technology Officer Ed Simcox and HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan addressed the...