Jonah Comstock

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...
By Jonah Comstock 04:59 amFebruary 15, 2013
Philips GoSafe: The latest PERS offering from Philips Lifeline. Like every other commercially available PERS offering, it does not claim to prevent falls. According to the CDC, falls are the number one cause of injury death among older adults and the number one reason for hospital admissions for trauma. Falls are a serious problem for older people living at home, and a burden on our healthcare...
By Jonah Comstock 01:57 amFebruary 14, 2013
According to new data released by research firm InMedica, the American telehealth market is predicted to grow by 600 percent between 2012 and 2017. While there are currently 227,000 US telehealth patients, according to InMedica, that figure is forecast to reach up to 1.3 million patients in 2017. US telehealth revenues, meanwhile, will jump from $174.5 million last year to $707.9 million in 2017...
By Jonah Comstock 12:43 pmFebruary 13, 2013
Activity tracking device maker Fitbit has announced a major upgrade this week, its devices now wirelessly sync to Android devices using Bluetooth 4.0. At launch, syncing will be enabled for the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Samsung Galaxy Note II, with more promised to come. Just like they do now with iOS devices (and the Microsoft Surface tablet), the Fitbit One, Fitbit Zip, and the forthcoming...
By Jonah Comstock 08:31 amFebruary 13, 2013
In 2011, MobiHealthNews reported on an increasing number of medical schools instructing students to use mobile devices, including the University of California Irvine's iMedEd program, where each of the 104 medical students in the class of 2014 received an iPad from the school when they started in 2010. Now the evidence is starting to come in that tablets as an educational tool really make a...
By Jonah Comstock 06:29 amFebruary 11, 2013
When IBM's Watson supercomputer took down Jeopardy champ Ken Jennings just about two years ago, IBM let slip that Watson's next gig would be as a voice-enabled physician's assistant. Now IBM is giving us a little more information, releasing a video demo that shows how Watson might help an oncologist diagnose and treat a cancer patient. The demo, which warns that it's "not necessarily a direct...
By Jonah Comstock 07:29 amFebruary 8, 2013
Walgreens CEO Gregory Wasson Verizon announced the election of Walgreens CEO Gregory Wasson to its board of directors, just  a week after AT&T added retired Humana CEO Michael McCallister to its board. Wasson has been Walgreens CEO since 2009, working his way up within the company from pharmacy intern in 1980. Walgreens has been a strong driver of mobile health engagement, with a hugely...
By Jonah Comstock 11:20 amFebruary 7, 2013
EMR provider eClinicalWorks announced they are investing $25 million in patient engagement, including the creation of a new mobile app for patients. The Westborough, MA-based company already offers a patient portal to their EMR, but the new business unit and app, called Healow (short for Health and Online Wellness), will expand on that offering considerably. "In order to transform healthcare,...