Jonah Comstock

December 17, 2018
According to IDC, 20 percent of healthcare organizations will be using blockchain by 2020. So should startups in the healthcare space be using it now? Well, not necessarily. While many digital health startups are putting blockchain to good use, for others it might be premature, or even extraneous. “I think companies over the last couple years have been asking the question ‘I want to use...
December 14, 2018
Updated 12/21 with additional deals. MobiHealthNews has been tracking mergers and acquisitions in the digital health space since 2013, and with the exception of a small blip last year, the number has gone up every year. In 2018, we saw a record-breaking 56 acquisitions and mergers in the space, 13 of which had disclosed price tags totaling $7.6 billion. This year was notable not only for the...
December 13, 2018
Credentialing is a complicated but rarely discussed problem for doctors, health systems, and health plans. When a doctor wants to start a new job or enter a new payer’s network, their prospective hirer needs to gather a wide variety of certificates and credentials, a process that can take months or even a year. Anthony Begando, CEO of the Professional Credentials Exchange (ProCredEx), is looking...

The view from outside Helsinki Children's Hospital. All photos by Jonah Comstock.

December 12, 2018
Helsinki Children’s Hospital, a state-of-the-art facility that serves sick children from all over Finland, opened earlier this year with a price tag of €170 million, replacing an outdated facility from 1948. The building is a case study in patient-centered design and also includes a number of process innovations and digital technologies (including an iPad in each patient room). Along with a...
December 12, 2018
Aspen RxHealth, a Tampa-based company using a gig economy model to connect patients with pharmacists, has raised $9 million in Series A funding led by Flare Capital Partners. An additional investor was an undisclosed strategic partner, a health plan in the United States. What they do The company plans to connect licensed, vetted pharmacists with health plan members in need of pharmacological...
December 11, 2018
New York City-based FoodMarble officially launched its FoodMarble AIRE device last week. The device allows individuals to test hydrogen levels in their breath, a method that can be used to identify foods they have trouble digesting. “Everyone knows some things you shouldn’t be eating; You don’t eat a bowl of M&Ms for lunch,” Dr. James Brief, a gastroenterologist and FoodMarble’s chief medical...

Conrad Tucker, Penn State associate professor of engineering design and industrial engineering, compares VideoVitals' reading against that of a Masimo Rad-97 patient monitoring device. (Photo courtesy Penn State)

December 10, 2018
Researchers from Penn State and Johns Hopkins, backed by a $100,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, are developing technology that could read peoples' vital signs from up to four feet away using only a cellphone camera.  The team has published a detailed account of the work in the open access journal Biomedical Optics Express. But the funding from the foundation will allow the...
T-Mobile

Pedestrians walk by a T-Mobile store on April 24, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

December 10, 2018
As part of a larger Department of Defense contract, wireless carrier T-Mobile will be providing 70,000 lines of wireless service to the Department of Veterans Affairs to increase the availability of telehealth services to veterans, the company announced today. “Deploying this type of service across all of our locations not only connects VHA staff with the people and data they need, it makes them...
December 7, 2018
When Mango Health announced last month that CEO Jason Oberfest was stepping down, the company didn't mention where Oberfest was going. Now, according to his LinkedIn, first spotted by CNBC, he has joined Apple's health team in an unspecified role.  Mango Health, which launched in 2012, has achieved success, or at least longetivity, as a gameified, incentive-based medication adherence app. He's...
December 6, 2018
It looks like Apple's not yet done with Beddit, the sleep-tracking device startup it acquired in May 2017. An FCC filing uncovered by VentureBeat suggests strongly that the company is planning to launch a new version of the device, likely with more traditional Apple design but retaining the Beddit brand. Launched in 2013, Beddit's under-the-sheets strap leverages ballistocardiography (BCG), a...