Jonah Comstock

June 5, 2013
As wearable all-day activity trackers compete to be smaller, more convenient, and more comfortable, there's one problem many of the newer entrants are running into: battery life. If users are supposed to be wearing a tracker all the time, when do they plug it in? And the point when a user takes off a wearable device to plug it into the wall is the point when they're most likely to lose interest...
June 5, 2013
When MobiHealthNews spoke with Boston Children's Hospital's chief innovation officer Naomi Fried in March, she stressed the need for more apps that integrate with hospital systems. Fried mentioned an app, winner of the hospital's FastTrack Innovation in Technology award, being piloted at the hospital for inpatient engagement. The app, called MyPassport, has now nearly finished its pilot phase and...
June 5, 2013
Scottsdale, Arizona-based GlobalMed, a maker of connected health devices and software platforms, received FDA 510(k) clearance for its CapSure Cloud medical image-sharing software, formerly known as CONi Solutions. The software suite is cleared as a Class 2 device. The company initially announced the software in February 2012, describing it as "an enterprise-wide cloud solution that delivers...
June 4, 2013
San Mateo, California-based Doximity, a medical communications platform and physician referral engine, partnered with US News & World Report to make its directory of 700,000 physicians available to consumers as well as other doctors. US News & World Report famously provides rankings of colleges and universities, but also ranks hospitals, doctors, and health plans with the goal of helping...
June 4, 2013
Intermountain Healthcare, a Utah-based hospital system with 22 hospitals and 185 clinics, has worked extensively with digital health companies -- most recently upgrading their pilot with wristworn vital signs monitor company Sotera Wireless into a full partnership last month, and teaming up with MModal in February to develop a speech-enabled computerized physician order entry system. This week,...
June 3, 2013
Research firm ON World released new data from its mobile health and wellness sensor reports, which predicts that in 2017, 515 million sensors for wearable, implantable or mobile health and fitness devices will be shipped globally, up from 107 million in 2012. In March, the firm predicted 18.2 million health and wellness wireless sensor networks would ship in 2017. That number excluded sports and...
June 3, 2013
Integrated health system Kaiser Permanente is launching an open API, called Interchange, that will enable developers to use publicly available information from Kaiser Permanente in their own apps. Initially, Kaiser Permanente will share data about the location, hours of operation and specialty information for the organization's 37 hospitals and more than 600 medical offices. That location data...
May 30, 2013
Polar, the longtime makers of heartrate-monitoring watches and chest straps, has launched a Bluetooth Smart-enabled, iPhone-connected activity tracker. The Polar Stride Sensor Bluetooth Smart is a small device that clips to the shoe and tracks stride-length, speed, running cadence, and distance. Activity tracker maker Fitbit notably uses Bluetooth Smart in its devices, but while Fitbit is geared...
May 30, 2013
Now that the shake-up at Happtique has called into question their future as a consumer-facing health app curator, it didn't take long for another company to step up. Palo-Alto-based HealthTap, the doctor question and answer service, care provider directory and referral service is branching out once more. In the company's newest offering, AppRx, HealthTap's claimed 40,000 physician users will have...
May 30, 2013
Alexandra Drane The Eliza Corporation, a health engagement company known for its automated outbound calls and voice recognition, announced the addition of multimedia mobile messaging to its offerings. Eliza markets a software-as-a-service health engagement platform to employers, health plans, providers and pharmacy benefit managers for different use cases, including medication adherence and post...