Jonah Comstock

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...
By Jonah Comstock 06:56 amDecember 19, 2012
Lumo Body Tech, the company that makes the Lumoback posture sensor has raised $5 million in its first round of funding, with Madrona Venture Group leading the round. Also contributing were Yahoo co-founder and former CEO Jerry Yang and Innovation Endeavors, Google chairman Eric Schmidt's investment fund, which also contributed to Lumo's $1.1 million seed round April. With the $200,000 from their...
By Jonah Comstock 04:12 amDecember 19, 2012
The Scanadu SCOUT, one well-known entrant in the Tricorder X PRIZE The Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize posted the final guidelines, detailing how devices will be judged for the $10 million prize when evaluation begins in 2014. (Update: The group has since removed the final guidelines from its website and expects to officially release them when registration for the prize opens on January 8th.)...
By Jonah Comstock 10:44 amDecember 18, 2012
Followers of mHealth should have learned by now not to be surprised by what health function your smartphone will serve next. Still and all, two new technologies are presenting a somewhat novel use case: scanning your food before you eat it. A recent proof-of-concept from UCLA turns your smartphone into a mobile lab that can test your food for a number of allergens, while a new commercial product...
By Jonah Comstock 10:47 amDecember 17, 2012
Earlier this month, when Google updated one of its premiere Android applications, it quietly added a personal activity tracker. Google Now is an Android-only app that uses Google services to smartly deliver users various kinds of information to help them throughout their day - without them having to ask. When Google updated the application at the beginning of December, they didn't mention the...
By Jonah Comstock 09:46 amDecember 17, 2012
Masimo, a medical device maker founded in 1989, has released a commercially-available iOS-enabled pulse oximeter called the iSpO2. Pulse oximeters, which have long been a core product of Masimo, measure blood oxygen level and pulse rate by shining light through the fingertip and measuring the absorption of different wavelengths. The product is not FDA cleared and doesn't have a CE Mark, because...
By Jonah Comstock 04:15 amDecember 17, 2012
More than a third of American adults think self-monitoring is the key to living a longer life, according to a survey commissioned by Philips Healthcare and conducted by Opinion Research Corporation. The survey of 1,003 participants included questions about online symptom checking, home diagnosis, and self-monitoring, and the results showed a growing acceptance of and even reliance on these sorts...