Jonah Comstock

By Jonah Comstock 01:04 pmFebruary 25, 2013
Triple Tree Associate Joe Long Minnesota investment banking firm Triple Tree has released a report about the rise of consumerism in the healthcare industry. The company says the industry is becoming less like a traditional healthcare system and more like a retail environment, with B2B2C, or business-to-business-to-consumer, business models becoming the dominant format. "Viewed through the lens...
By Jonah Comstock 10:40 amFebruary 21, 2013
Wildflower Health's Due Date Plus app. Rock Health held the demo day for its fourth class this week, highlighting some impressive accomplishments from its newest batch of 14 portfolio companies. Last year, MobiHealthNews reported that this class would start with an increased $100,000 investment from Rock Health, shortly after the incubator signed on Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers. This is also...
By Jonah Comstock 12:09 pmFebruary 20, 2013
With its topselling fitness tracker the Nike+ Fuelband, Nike is clearly invested in the mobile health -- or at least mobile fitness -- space. But Nike competitor Reebok (a subsidiary of Germany-based Adidas) has also dipped its corporate toe into the mobile health lake in recent years. Now the company is announcing that a mobile fitness app will be a major component of their 2013 "Live with Fire...
By Jonah Comstock 09:56 amFebruary 20, 2013
Global telehealth vendor Robert Bosch Healthcare Systems announced a partnership with GreatCall, which offers mobile health and personal safety technology for seniors. The goal of the partnership is to "develop and market an innovative line of mobile telehealth and mHealth solutions," according to a release from the companies. "The partnership combines Bosch's evidence-based telehealth solutions...
By Jonah Comstock 05:04 amFebruary 20, 2013
The new HIPAA omnibus rule spurred a lot of discussion, but as with any legislation, how it affects real workflow isn't yet certain. A case study has been published in the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) detailing how HIPAA influences a public health text messaging intervention. Hilary N. Karasz, PhD, Amy Eiden, JD, and Sharon Bogan, MPH of Public Health-Seattle and King's County,...
By Jonah Comstock 08:42 amFebruary 19, 2013
A researcher at the University of Texas has published a study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research looking at efficacy of a free online weight loss program. The study looked at 1,258 randomly selected users of SparkPeople.com and found that those who entered their weight into the site at least four times per month lost an average of 11 pounds per month more than those that didn't, and...
By Jonah Comstock 02:25 amFebruary 19, 2013
Corrine McIsaac, president and CEO, Health Outcomes Worldwide; Nova Scotia Deputy Premier Frank Corbett (Photo Credit: Vaughan Merchant) Canadian company Health Outcomes Worldwide, which uses mobile tools and record-keeping to promote healthcare best practices, has received a $1.5 million investment from the provincial government of Nova Scotia, bringing the company's total public funding to $2....
By Jonah Comstock 02:16 amFebruary 19, 2013
Smartphone-based public safety company Ping4 has raised $3.8 million to develop a next generation emergency alert system and market it worldwide. With more than a million from the founders of the company and $1.8 million raised between January and March last year, the new round brings the company up to $7 million in funding, Ping4 CEO Jim Bender told MobiHealthNews. The $3.8 million raise is made...
By Jonah Comstock 08:34 amFebruary 18, 2013
If there's one device that's recently become a symbol for the promise -- and potential pitfalls -- of mobile health, it's AliveCor Heart Monitor, formerly known as the AliveCor iPhone ECG, which received FDA clearance for prescription use in December. Dr. Dave Albert, AliveCor's chief medical officer, outlined some next moves for the company recently in response to an online conversation about...
By Jonah Comstock 12:52 pmFebruary 15, 2013
Timed somewhat appropriately on Valentine's Day, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the winner of its Million Hearts Risk Assessment Challenge this week. More than 35 developers competed to create a mobile app that would leverage Archimedes analytics engine IndiGO (which stands for Individual Guidelines and Outcomes) for patient use, allowing anyone to easily calculate...