Jonah Comstock

May 1, 2013
Plano, Texas-based remote monitoring startup Intuitive Health has finally emerged from stealth mode with a new name, Vivify Health. At the end of January, MobiHealthNews reported that the company, which offers a cloud-based device-agnostic remote monitoring software, had raised $3.4 million from undisclosed sources. Our January report also noted that the company was participating in a pilot with...
May 1, 2013
Baltimore-based WellDoc has announced the publication of a case study on the integration of it's mobile diabetes management offering with the electronic health record system Allscripts, implemented at George Washington University School of Medicine. Back in 2010, MobiHealthNews reported on the partnership, which was funded by the US Air Force. WellDoc's diabetes management offering is FDA-cleared...
May 1, 2013
Michael Sorensen, in his old job as chief technology officer of the University of Chicago Medical Center, had a problem: pagers. Healthcare is one of the few areas where the pager still tenaciously hangs on in the age of the smartphone. A combination of factors contributes to this: many hospital CTOs find pagers more reliable than cellphones in a large hospital complex, and a switch to...
April 30, 2013
The BodyMedia Core 2 Armband, with "jewelry-like" customization. In the biggest digital health acquisition of the year so far, San Francisco-based Jawbone is acquiring Pittsburgh-based BodyMedia, the company announced this morning. Financial details of the deal have not been disclosed. This is the first major consolidation in the contentious wearable activity tracker space, and the second mobile...
April 29, 2013
A new player has entered the already-crowded activity tracking field, with no $100 device to plug in, charge or sync. Moves, from Finnish startup ProtoGeo, is an activity tracker, but it takes the form of a free iPhone app rather than a wearable device, using a smartphone's built-in accelerometer and GPS to track movement continuously throughout the day. The app has had 1.5 million downloads...
April 29, 2013
The Numera Home Hub is connected to AT&T's cellular network. Harry Wang, director of health and mobile product research at Parks Associates, believes M2M, cellular-connected devices for home monitoring and, especially, aging in place, are ripe to take off in the next few years. In a column at E-Commerce Times, Wang shared some new Parks data about the role of machine to machine computing (...
April 26, 2013
One of the findings of a recent California Health Care Foundation whitepaper about health-specific accelerators was the importance of involving healthcare experts such as doctors in the organization. Dr. Hubert Zajicek took that to heart in starting his new health tech accelerator, Health Wildcatters, in Dallas, Texas. Zajicek is a physician who specialized in nephrology, or kidney research....
April 24, 2013
According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, there are more than 65 million unpaid caregivers in the United States -- friends or family members who take care of a loved one. And even more people than that are caring for their children and their pets. Rajiv Mehta (founder of Zume Life and Tonic) is about to launch a new app for those caregivers called Unfrazzle. Mehta and partner David...
April 24, 2013
The Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) released population data from eight years of surveying consumer-driven health plan (CDHP) customers. The newly released data shows some unexpected findings about the population of CDHP users: namely that in most years, CDHP enrollees tended to skew older than traditional plan enrollees. That might come as a surprise, since MobiHealthNews reported in...
April 24, 2013
Monitoring heart rate and calorie burn is helpful for any kind of athlete, but for one sport in particular, traditional wearable trackers won't cut it: swimming. A Beirut, Lebanon-based startup called Instabeat is looking to fill that gap. Instabeat has been in development for two years, appearing at events like TED and CES in the meantime. The company has received seed funding and built a...