Jonah Comstock

By Jonah Comstock 11:51 amFebruary 26, 2019
Apple is testing sleep tracking functionality for the Apple Watch and, if all goes well, intends to add it to the wearable by 2020, according to a report from Bloomberg. Citing anonymous sources, Bloomberg reports that Apple has been testing the feature at secret sites near Cupertino for several months.  Apple hasn't responded to requests for comment on this matter, but when MobiHealthNews spoke...
By Jonah Comstock 08:52 amFebruary 26, 2019
Crossover Health, which provides medical services to large employers, Apple and Facebook among them, has acquired Sherpaa, an asynchronous telehealth company that has also mostly focused on serving employer populations. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Sherpaa founder Dr. Jay Parkinson and his team will all become part of Crossover Health. “Our physicians work in designated care...

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By Jonah Comstock 02:59 pmFebruary 25, 2019
With the addition of FDA clearances for the ECG sensor and irregular heart rate algorithm, the Apple Watch is now technically a medical device. But it is still primarily a consumer product, and its fitness features may still have the greatest impact on people’s health, according to a panel of health professionals — three doctors and celebrity trainer Jeanette Jenkins — who spoke at a recent event...
By Jonah Comstock 02:02 pmFebruary 22, 2019
It’s fair to say that Apple isn’t just dipping its toe into healthcare anymore. This past year the company announced its first two FDA clearances including a De Novo clearance for a built-in Apple Watch ECG feature that went live in December. It also announced numerous hospital partners for Apple’s Health Records initiative, including, most recently, the Department of Veterans Affairs. And in...
By Jonah Comstock 03:13 pmFebruary 20, 2019
Patient feedback processing company Narrative Dx has raised a strategic funding round led by Christiana Care Health System, Summation Health Ventures (founded by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and MemorialCare Health System) and The Texas Medical Center, with additional participation from existing investors HealthX Ventures and Cultivation Capital. The company didn’t disclose the amount of the...
Novo Nordisk insulin pens
By Jonah Comstock 11:04 amFebruary 20, 2019
Novo Nordisk’s connected insulin pens will integrate with the Abbott Freestyle Libre system, allowing Freestyle Libre users to see data about their insulin alongside their glucose readings, the companies announced this morning. "Lack of reliable information is a cause of huge frustration for many people with diabetes and their doctors," Anders Dyhr Toft, CVP of commercial innovation at Novo...

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By Jonah Comstock 03:38 pmFebruary 19, 2019
Clinical data analysis company Covera Health has raised $8.5 million in a Series A funding round led by Equity Group Investments (EGI). Additional undisclosed strategic and individual investors also contributed to the round. This is Covera’s first round of institutional funding. What they do Covera Health uses data analytics to help its payer and employer customers choose the best providers and...

Verisense by Shimmer IMU (Photo courtesy Shimmer)

By Jonah Comstock 01:35 pmFebruary 19, 2019
Shimmer, a Dublin-based wearable sensor company, has launched a new sensor platform for clinical trials called VeriSense. At launch, the platform will work with Shimmer's IMU, or inertial measurement unit, sensor, which can measure activity and sleep from the wrist, as well as network with sensors elsewhere on the body to monitor musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. The company has been...

(L to R) Dr. Nick Patel, an audience volunteer, and Dr. Robert Louis demonstrate the system (Photo by Jonah Comstock).

By Jonah Comstock 03:39 pmFebruary 15, 2019
Dr. Robert Louis, director of the skull base and pituitary tumor program at the Hoag Neurosciences Institute, didn’t set out to use virtual reality as a tool for patient engagement.  Originally, Louis explained during a session at HIMSS19, his department was using the technology — which turns two-dimensional radiology images into a three-dimensional virtual reality flythrough — for surgical...
By Jonah Comstock 02:50 pmFebruary 15, 2019
It’s always hard to pin down one theme for a conference as large and multifaceted as the HIMSS global conference, which wrapped up today in Orlando, Florida. But this year one theme did stand out above the rest: interoperability. Of course, interoperability and data sharing have been a conversation topic at HIMSS for a number of years. But this time there was a sense that all the effort that’s...