Jonah Comstock

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,...
By Jonah Comstock 02:35 amFebruary 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...
By Jonah Comstock 02:14 amFebruary 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....
By Jonah Comstock 01:12 pmFebruary 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...
By Jonah Comstock 02:08 amFebruary 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...
By Jonah Comstock 10:11 amFebruary 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...
By Jonah Comstock 12:15 pmFebruary 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...