Jonah Comstock

By Jonah Comstock 01:26 pmMarch 21, 2013
Senator John Thune (R-SD) Senator John Thune (R-SD) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) have reintroduced the Fostering Independence Through Technology (FITT) Act (S 596), a telemedicine bill that has now been introduced five times since 2005, to the Senate. The FITT Act would require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to launch a remote monitoring pilot with home health agencies for...
By Jonah Comstock 11:20 amMarch 21, 2013
Mike Lazaridis and Doug Fregin, cofounders of BlackBerry (formerly Research in Motion, Inc.) have a new initiative: a $100 million, highly selective investment fund called Quantum Valley Investments. The firm will be based in Waterloo, Ontario, the area Lazaridis hopes will become a "Quantum Valley," the next-generation answer to Silicon Valley, and will be focused on supporting "quantum...
By Jonah Comstock 03:00 amMarch 21, 2013
According to a new report by research firm ON World, 18.2 million health and wellness wireless sensor networks (WSNs) will be shipped worldwide in 2017, generating $16.3 billion in annual revenue. That's up from 1.7 million shipments and $4.9 billion in revenues in 2012. Between 2012 and 2017, the firm reported, health and wellness WSNs that are wearable, implantable, or otherwise mobile-enabled...
By Jonah Comstock 01:37 pmMarch 20, 2013
Two companies made announcements this week that would tie together the increasingly popular world of fitness apps with the increasingly high-tech workout machines found in gyms across the country -- fitness startup MyFitnessPal and fitness equipment maker Precor. MyFitnessPal, an online diet and fitness managing tool which can also be accessed via mobile apps for Apple iOS, Android, and...
By Jonah Comstock 11:44 amMarch 19, 2013
UC Irvine researcher Gene Tsudik (Photo by Steve Zylius) A team led by University of California-Irvine researchers has developed what's been called an Android-based smartphone paternity test. The app would allow two people, if they had access to their digitized genomes, to run a paternity test comparing their genomes, determine how closely related they are, and even scan their genome for...
By Jonah Comstock 02:16 pmMarch 18, 2013
Fujitsu announced the development of a technology, to be presented soon at the 2013 General Conference of the Institute of Electronics, Information, and Communication Engineers in Gifu, Japan, that detects a person's pulse using a smartphone or PC's built-in camera. The announcement generated a lot of buzz in technology publications. If this sounds familiar to MobiHealthNews readers, it's because...
By Jonah Comstock 10:50 amMarch 18, 2013
UK mobile operator O2, a subsidiary of Telefonica, recently announced two new mobile health programs: Help at Hand, an emergency response system sold directly to consumers, and Health at Home, a telehealth system marketed to providers. Help at Hand is a monthly subscription service for people who are self-sufficient and mobile, but have a condition where loved ones might worry about them falling...
By Jonah Comstock 12:08 pmMarch 15, 2013
Microsoft has just launched a new HealthVault app for its Windows 8 operating system, designed to run on tablets, W8 phones, and computers. The upgrade doesn't functionally allow users to do anything they couldn't do before, but it aims to make it easier for users to track and review their own health data by leveraging Windows 8's multitasking features. HealthVault Distinguished Engineer Sean...
By Jonah Comstock 10:56 amMarch 15, 2013
Crowdfunding platforms can be the last refuge of a desperate entrepreneur or the go-to market strategy for an appealing consumer product. When a product does well, it does really well, smashing records and even outstripping its own ability to deliver on the goods. When it does badly, well, it often fades away, or at least the company realizes that D2C might not be their best channel. It's no...
By Jonah Comstock 07:04 amMarch 15, 2013
Samsung launched its much-hyped Galaxy S4 Android phone last night at New York City's Radio City Music Hall, announcing a bevy of features and peripherals including an impressive suite of connected health and fitness trackers. The company is billing the device as a "life companion," and is advertising the health tracking features as part of that experience. "The Galaxy S4's numerous sensors...