Jonah Comstock

By Jonah Comstock 10:38 pmJanuary 7, 2013
Digital health incubator Rock Health has released it's 2012 year in review report, and it shows that venture capital investment in digital health is robust, if still tentative by some measures. Overall investment is up, but a large percentage of the numbers are accounted for by a few big deals and a few big investors. Venture capitalists invested $1.4 billion in digital health in 2012, a 45...
By Jonah Comstock 11:20 amJanuary 7, 2013
The BodyMedia Core 2 Armband, with "jewelry-like" customization. This weekend at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, BodyMedia announced the Core 2 Armband, a smaller, more streamlined version of the company's wearable tracker. Although the Core 2 (about the size of an iPod Nano) is considerably smaller than the existing FIT armband, lately famous for its use on the newest season...
By Jonah Comstock 08:51 amJanuary 7, 2013
A flurry of new activity trackers has been announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week, with a number of companies rounding out their product lines. Withings is no exception: the "smart" health device company that began offering a wireless weight scale in 2009 and a wireless blood-pressure monitor in 2011 is finally getting into the activity tracker scene, with the...
By Jonah Comstock 12:35 pmJanuary 4, 2013
On December 30th, at the very end of the 112th Congress, Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Cali.) introduced a comprehensive bill to improve Medicare and Medicaid coverage of telehealth. This isn't new territory for Thompson; he introduced some major telehealth legislation as a California State Senator in the 1990s. The latest bill's definition of "telehealth" covers various health services delivered...
By Jonah Comstock 06:52 amJanuary 2, 2013
A new report from the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) suggests that not only are people who are enrolled in consumer-driven health plans more cost conscious, but they're also more engaged with mobile health and digital health tools. EBRI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group that seeks to provide objective data about different employee benefit options. In December, the group conducted an...
By Jonah Comstock 04:30 amDecember 27, 2012
Omniscience Mobile's upcoming clinical trial app. Mobile technology presents a sorely-needed, long-awaited opportunity for innovating the clinical trial – making it cheaper, easier, and even more accurate. But there are a lot of pieces to a clinical trial, and, according to some, mobile technology has the capacity to influence almost every one. Different companies are experimenting with these...
By Jonah Comstock 09:53 amDecember 26, 2012
If there are two groups of people who can attest to just how hard it is to motivate healthy behavior change, it's health app developers and trainers -- especially trainers who work at gyms during the first few weeks of the year. Scores of people resolve to go to the gym more in the New Year, manage to sign up for memberships, and maybe end up going a few times. But for many it stops there....
By Jonah Comstock 10:35 amDecember 21, 2012
Noom, a developer of Android health management apps, raised $2.6 million in its first venture round to expand its flagship product, the Noom Weight Loss Coach, into Korea. The round was led by m8 Capital, a UK-based firm that invests exclusively in mobile technologies. Its portfolio includes memory-enhancement app Evernote. Also contributing to Noom's latest round were Qualcomm Ventures, Harbor...
By Jonah Comstock 12:46 pmDecember 19, 2012
Health Tech Hatch CEO Patricia Salber In late January, medical-focused crowdfunding site Health Tech Hatch will premier its testing platform in a three-way partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Health 2.0. Health Tech Hatch will offer its 20 physician, patient, and tech guru testers up for free to developers entering healthfinder.gov's Mobile App Challenge....
By Jonah Comstock 12:35 pmDecember 19, 2012
Convenience is one of the major value propositions offered by digital channels like text messaging and email for patient engagement. Often these channels are more readily usable for both patient and provider. It's not just about convenience, though. New survey data from health texting provider TeleVox says 34 percent of American adults are more honest about their medical needs through automatic...