Jonah Comstock

February 7, 2013
In November 2012, Mayo Clinic completed its pilot of an in-hospital, patient-facing iPad app for helping patients and their families through cardiac surgery, according to a report from consumer health engagement consultant Sherri Dorfman. The pilot of 149 cardiac surgery patients aged 52 to 85, which began in February 2012, made headlines in April last year when Mayo Clinic posted a video about...
February 7, 2013
Frog Design Executive Creative Director Fabio Sergio has published a must-read essay on healthcare innovation over at Frog Design's site, arguing not only that developments like Big Data and wearable devices will improve healthcare, but also that they will -- and should -- fundamentally change the healthcare system and the meaning of roles like patient, caregiver, and healthcare professional....
February 6, 2013
At the mHealth Summit in December, when Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini announced a March 2013 launch of the mobile version of Aetna's CarePass platform, he also previewed a fitness app called Passage: A Virtual Journey. The free app is available to everyone, not just Aetna members. "Instead of staring at a book while you're on your elliptical or stairclimber, what we have is an opportunity to turn your...
February 5, 2013
A report from the London School of Economics and Political Science recently found that only about a quarter of people with depression or anxiety-related mental health problems in the UK receive treatment. The UK's National Health Service (NHS) sees potential in turning to mobile and digital health tools to solve that access problem and to cut costs, according to a new discussion paper recently...
February 4, 2013
The National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2), an agency of the Department of Defense, has been introducing online and mobile health tools for people in the military, veterans, and their families since 2008. Their newest offering, BioZen, is an effort to get ahead of the trend of personal sensors and provide a free mobile tool to help people use those sensors to improve their health...
February 1, 2013
Rewards badges from Zamzee The Health Resources and Services Administration at HHS is working on a new texting initiative, based on the successful public health texting initiative Text4Baby, called TXT4Tots. The department is soliciting via the Federal Registry for ways to distribute their library of text messages designed to promote wellness, nutrition and exercise for parents of children under...
January 30, 2013
Research in Motion (RIM) finally renamed itself "BlackBerry" after its signature product, even as it launched its much-awaited iPhone/Android competitor: the BlackBerry 10 operating system, touchscreen BlackBerry Z10 and keyboard-equipped BlackBerry Q10. The launch has been described as a Hail Mary pass for the struggling company, a last chance for a comeback that the company hopes could put it...
January 30, 2013
Cloud-based patient monitoring company Intuitive Health has raised $3.4 million, according to an SEC filing first spotted by the Dallas Business Journal. The company isn't yet willing to talk much more about the funding raise; CEO Eric Rock told MobiHealthNews in an email that they are still in stealth mode. This appears to be the company's first public funding raise. Although the Plano, Texas-...
January 29, 2013
Passive behavior monitoring and analytics company Ginger.io is now soliciting participants for a diabetes pilot study, building on the work that won them the Sanofi Data Design Diabetes Innovation Challenge in 2011. Ginger.io, which recently raised $6.5 million in a round led by Khosla Ventures, makes passive monitoring software for smartphones, with the goal of creating profiles for how...
January 28, 2013
Companies like BodyMedia, Fitbit, and Withings provide wearable trackers for customers to gather data about their health as they live their everyday lives. British company Equivital, whose CEO Anmol Sood appeared at CES on a panel with CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta, is focused on using wearable body monitors in extraordinary situations. Australian firefighters and space jumper Felix Baumgartner are...