Jonah Comstock

May 22, 2018
Specialty pharmaceuticals are all different, but there’s one thing they have in common: they are difficult to prescribe. Whether it’s because of high cost, high risk, narrow therapeutic range, or complicated dosing, these drugs require would-be prescribing physicians to prove to insurers the drug is the right choice for their patient by filling out a number of forms and providing key data about...
May 22, 2018
San Francisco-based Hinge Health has completed a randomized control trial of its digital care program for chronic knee pain. Results were promising, with users of the digital platform outperforming the control group in every outcome measure, though there was some loss of engagement among the study group. “It was really strong results,” CEO Daniel Perez told MobiHealthNews. “It was a trial that...
May 21, 2018
In the first year of CMS’ Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), CareCloud, an EHR and practice management software company that offers a MIPS Success Guarantee Program to its users, is reporting that 100 percent of its physicians are avoiding penalties under the program — and nearly half are receiving additional bonus payments. “MIPS is a score from one to 100,” Daniel Sabido, director of...
May 17, 2018
Sanofi’s approach to digital health is broad, but focused, Rachel Sha, the company’s vice president of digital business development and licensing, told MobiHealthNews in an interview ahead of the upcoming BIO 2018 conference in Boston, where Sha will be speaking on a range of digital health-related topics. “At Sanofi we’re lucky in the sense that we have a very clear set of digital priorities...
May 16, 2018
Cambridge, Massachusetts-based sensor maker MC10, known for its flexible and stretchable electronics, has received its first FDA 510(k) clearance for the BioStamp nPoint system. BioStamp nPoint is a more advanced version of the company's non-FDA cleared BioStampRC. "BiostampRC was primarily developed as an investigational tool, primarily used by academia, as well as by pharmaceutical companies,...
May 16, 2018
When it comes to dental health, companies seem to more and more see consumer technology and insurance as natural partners. Beam Dental, which started out in the smart toothbrush space but expanded a few years ago into dental insurance, raised $22.5 million today. At the same time, quip, a smart toothbrush company that raised $10 million last year, acquired dental health plan Afora, in a move that...
May 15, 2018
A new simulation study of 58 physicians shows that AirRx, an iOS and Android app, can help physicians to perform better during inflight emergencies in some ways, though it might slow them down in others. AirRx, which launched in 2016, provides a doctor with a to-do checklist, common medications available on flights, best practices for airline medicine, and information on legal rights and...
May 15, 2018
In a survey of 200 healthcare professionals, 80 percent rated their online reputation as very or extremely important and 90 percent expressed concern about the risks of negative feedback. But only 46 percent of respondents were planning to put resources toward improving that reputation in the next year. The survey was commissioned by PatientPop, a digital health company with a vested interest in...
May 11, 2018
A new approach to smart textiles could lead to a host of new use cases and a level of durability that might make the technology much more attractive to adopt.  A team led by John Volakis, director of the ElectroScience Laboratory at The Ohio State University, and Professor Asimina Kiourti is investigating a technology that uses machine embroidery to sew electronics, including circuits and...
May 10, 2018
Boston-based Wellist, a digital health company that helps hospitals connect their patients to non-clinical support services, has raised $10 million in its first round of institutional funding. Summation Health Ventures, a strategic healthcare investment fund affiliated with MemorialCare Health System and Cedars-Sinai Health System and .406 Ventures, a Boston-based venture capital firm, led the...