Jonah Comstock

June 13, 2013
Harvard Pilgrim is not new to using digital health technology to improve patient care and wellness at home -- the health insurance company worked with health engagement platform Eliza back in 2006 and with smart pillbox maker MedMinder in 2009, before signing its recent deal with Voxiva's Care4Life. But Harvard Pilgrim is careful about the partnerships they engage in, making sure they're both...
June 13, 2013
GE Healthcare has announced it will invest $2 billion in software over the next five years. Working with the GE Software Center of Excellence in San Ramon, California, the GE subsidiary will use the funds to improve its hospital operations management software and reducing waste and inefficiency in the hospital software status quo. GE Healthcare Software Chief Technology Officer Evren Eryurek...
June 11, 2013
Basis Science, makers of the Basis Band, finally launched their first mobile app, and, notably, it's an Android app. The app currently works on five phones, all from Samsung, but the company promises more to come. The $199 Basis Band launched last November with Bluetooth connectivity built into all devices, but no mobile app at all. That was something of a surprising move for an activity tracker...
June 11, 2013
Mobile health startup Jiff, best known for its JiffPad patient education platform, has announced a partnership with Towers Watson and a pivot from provider-focused patient engagement to business-to-business employee wellness curation, with a service called Health Outcomes Marketplace. Even when Jiff raised $7.5 million in March 2012, it noted in a press release that JiffPad was just one component...
June 10, 2013
Health-focused mobile messaging company Voxiva, best known for powering HHS's Text4Baby initiative, is partnering with health insurance company Harvard Pilgrim Health Care to make its Care4Life type 2 diabetes management platform available to Harvard Pilgrim members. Harvard Pilgrim is a Boston-based not-for-profit health plan with more than a million members across New England. MobiHealthNews...
June 10, 2013
If you've been hanging around Indiegogo, you may have noticed a new trend in smartphone-connected devices: the smartphone breathalyzer. Three companies have shown up with smartphone breathalyzers on the crowdfunding platform in the last few months, with two more launching independently, and at least three of the products claim to be (in these exact words) "the world's first smartphone...
June 5, 2013
Seamless Medical Systems, a 2-year-old Santa Fe, New Mexico-based startup, has announced a cumulative seed funding raise of $2 million. The money comes from individual, local angel investors, according to CEO and founder David Perez, about a third of whom are physicians themselves. The company is hoping to raise an additional $3 million this summer, Perez told MobiHealthNews. Seamless currently...
June 5, 2013
San Francisco-based digital health accelerator Rock Health announced their fifth class this week. The eleven startups will receive $100,000 in investment and a variety of other perks during their four months in the program. This class will also be the last one to work out of Rock's old office, in San Francisco's Chinatown. After this class's conclusion, the program will move into new office space...
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...