Jonah Comstock

By Jonah Comstock 11:47 amDecember 11, 2012
According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 85 percent of American adults own a mobile phone, and 80 percent of those mobile phone owners use their phone to send and receive text messages. Yet the only way to contact emergency services in the event of a fire, health emergency, or criminal activity is still by dialing 9-1-1 and making a phone call. In August of last year, FCC chairman...
By Jonah Comstock 10:02 amDecember 11, 2012
During last week's mHealth Summit, MobiHealthNews wrote about the relative slowness of rigorous efficacy data collection, compared to the speed of mobile development. One way to sidestep this problem is to work the other way around - to start with existing, reputable data, and build an online service that leverages it. That's the process that led to Omada Health's diabetes prevention program,...
By Jonah Comstock 12:09 pmDecember 10, 2012
Tom Daschle (D - S.D.) A report from the Bipartisan Policy Center's Health Project, led by former Senate majority leaders Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), says that mobile health is a promising avenue for increasing patient engagement, which should be one of the major goals of health care reform. But barriers to mobile adoption and increased engagement include lack of awareness,...
By Jonah Comstock 09:41 amDecember 10, 2012
The Nike+ Fuel Band According to ABI research, nearly 30 million "wireless wearable health devices" were shipped in 2012, a 37 percent growth from 2011. Jonathan Collins, lead analyst on the study, told MobiHealthNews that the report only looked at devices worn on the body (nothing subdermal), with some form of wireless connectivity, and related in some way to monitoring health. The 30 million...
By Jonah Comstock 09:52 amDecember 7, 2012
iHealth Labs, a subsidiary of China-based Andon Health that produces wireless health monitoring devices, announced partnerships with EHR-maker Practice Fusion and with popular memory-aid app Evernote. Practice Fusion is the first EHR-maker to partner with iHealth, Adam Lin, general manager of iHealth Labs, told MobiHealthNews. The first phase of the partnership will allow physicians who use...
By Jonah Comstock 04:39 amDecember 7, 2012
Mark Blatt and Ebenezer Appiah-Denkyira Texting programs for health education in developing countries have been around for over a decade, but several factors are bringing global health efforts to a new scale in 2012, including increasing mobile adoption in developing countries and an increased spirit of collaboration. Nafis Sadik, a United Nations Foundation board member, has worked with the UN...
By Jonah Comstock 01:22 amDecember 6, 2012
(Left to Right) Mark Wynn, William Shrank, and CMMI Innovation Award winners Kevin Volpp, Deborah Stewart, and David Goodman Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini's opening keynote set the tone for an mHealth Summit with a notable, but not unexpected, payer presence. In 2010 MobiHealthNews wrote about the changing role of the payer in health care, predicting that payers would soon help drive the mobile...
By Jonah Comstock 01:02 amDecember 6, 2012
(Left to Right) Penelope Hughes, Andrew Litt, Rohit Nayak, and Omar Hussein When Meaningful Use Stage 2 roles out in 2013, one guideline hospital's EHRs will have to meet is increased protection of patient health information. That means the HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) will be doing audits for HIPAA-compliance. The OCR fined Massachusetts Eye and Ear associates $1.5 million in September when...
By Jonah Comstock 04:59 amDecember 5, 2012
Bant: A diabetes management app The role of evidence in mobile health app development -- and the level of scrutiny such apps should be subjected to -- is still an open question.  At the mHealth Summit 2012, a variety of speakers from different sectors of the market offered their opinions on what, exactly, is meant by evidence and on the perennial question of the value of randomized controlled...
By Jonah Comstock 06:49 amDecember 4, 2012
(Left to Right) Gienna Shaw, Virend Somers, Alain Labrique, Alan Snell, Frances Dare, and Craig Kaiser. Most discussions about remote monitoring these days focus on its potential to reduce hospital readmissions, lead to earlier preventive care, and reap cost savings. The pressure is beginning to build as Medicare penalties for preventable readmissions have recently begun to take effect. Now...