Jonah Comstock

Sydney Children’s Cloe Benz

Sydney Children’s Cloe Benz

By Jonah Comstock 02:01 pmJanuary 30, 2019
Telemedicine doesn’t have to be all or nothing. That’s one lesson the Sydney Children’s Hospital learned from its implementation of a telehealth program for physical therapy, which encompasses both virtual visits and in-person visits. “We are visiting kids in their homes and doing physical therapy treatments in their homes, but we’re also taking their services out of hospital by visiting them via...
By Jonah Comstock 08:05 amJanuary 30, 2019
Chronic condition management startup Livongo has acquired MyStrength, a Denver-based digital behavioral health company. The company did not disclose the acquisition price, but Livongo CEO Glen Tullman told MobiHealthNews the figure is in the tens of millions. “This entry into behavioral was to complete what we call the whole person platform, and to be able to go to someone and say ‘Whatever...
Sarah Toy-Ding (left) and Tiffany Shields (right)

Dignity Health's Sarah Toy-Ding (left) and Tiffany Shields (right)

By Jonah Comstock 03:11 pmJanuary 29, 2019
Using SMART on FHIR integration, Dignity Health was able to quickly roll out a patient-facing app that delivers education and medication reminders in 20 different languages. “Our leadership was looking for an opportunity to improve the patient experience, by engaging patients more in preventive care to help reduce readmission rates, and by being able to communicate more broadly with our patient...
By Jonah Comstock 01:51 pmJanuary 28, 2019
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have launched its first-ever patient-facing app. Called “What’s Covered”, the app will allow people covered by Original Medicare (that is, not Medicare Advantage) to search for particular medical products or procedures and see if they are covered. The app is easy to use, with no sign-in required. It's part of a broader initiative called eMedicare...
By Jonah Comstock 12:07 pmJanuary 25, 2019
The terms “patient engagement,” “patient empowerment,” and “patient activation” get thrown around a lot in the world of digital health, often interchangeably. But Derek and Tracie Risling, co-founders of RisTech Consulting, believe that firmly differentiating these three phrases could help improve the science of digital health, which could in turn mean more interventions succeeding and fewer...
By Jonah Comstock 04:26 pmJanuary 23, 2019
Digitimes, a supply side electronics publication with a mixed track record on Apple rumors, is reporting that Apple plans to launch next-generation AirPods in 2019 which will include health monitoring features. Giving credence to the rumor is an older report from November that Apple had updated certain trademarks pertaining to the AirPods to include health sensors. The rumor doesn't include...
By Jonah Comstock 10:58 amJanuary 23, 2019
At Novant Health Physician Network in North Carolina, designing for the patient has been the hospital’s driving force for some years, especially when it comes to online interactions. “We started back in 2010 or 2011 as we were rolling out our electronic health records,” Novant Health Physician Network chief operating officer Dr. Hank Capps told MobiHealthNews. “We made a philosophical decision to...
By Jonah Comstock 01:50 pmJanuary 22, 2019
The Pill Club, a company that provides telemedicine and mail-order pharmacy services to help women access birth control, has raised $51 million in Series B funding, bringing its total funding up to $67 million. VMG led the round with participation from GV and ACME Capital (new investors) as well as Base10 and Shasta Ventures (existing investors). What they do Through The Pill Club's online...

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By Jonah Comstock 10:58 amJanuary 22, 2019
São Paolo, Brazil is a city with 20 million inhabitants — all served by a nationalized healthcare system that has struggled to find enough specialists to offer those residents care in a timely manner. Take dermatology, for instance. The city had a waitlist of more than 60,000 people, each waiting around a year and a half to see a dermatologist. So city officials decided to see if telemedicine...
By Jonah Comstock 04:16 pmJanuary 18, 2019
Last week, MobiHealthNews attended JP Morgan Week for the first time. While we took a pass on the eponymous conference, we talked digital health at the bevy of conferences, meetings, and cocktail parties that have sprung up around the investment bank’s annual life sciences event. The distributed nature of JP Morgan makes it hard to pull out one overarching themes, but a few trends and topics of...