Jonah Comstock

November 16, 2012
A Beijing-based medical device company called Raiing has been granted 510(k) FDA clearance for the Raiing Wireless Thermometer, a peel-and-stick contact thermometer sensor that continuously transmits body temperature readings to a companion iPhone app, which is already available in the iOS AppStore. The app is called Vitals Monitor and is currently available for a free download, but the device...
November 15, 2012
Epocrates has finally launched a native iPad version of it's landmark drug information app, up until now a conspicuous and much-discussed omission. The release is part of a larger strategy by CEO Andy Hurd to turn around the struggling company, which posts its second annual loss this year on revenue estimates of about $110 million. In an October 30 quarterly investor's call, Hurd mentioned data...
November 15, 2012
This week saw launch announcements for three activity trackers: Jawbone's UP, Fitbit One, and pre-orders for Misfit Wearables' Shine. But even the best tracking data doesn't always lead to the behavior change necessary for sustained weight loss. That's where Retrofit comes in. Retrofit, a year-old start-up formerly known as Strong Suit Wellness, announced an $8 million round of funding this week...
November 14, 2012
Since it's 2010 launch, Text4baby, the government-supported public health initiative that sends free tips to expectant mothers, has always had the low-income women as their target demographic. Low income and minority populations still have a disproportionately high infant mortality rate, and texting was chosen as a vector because it's adoption numbers are high in that group. Now a new partnership...
November 13, 2012
Jawbone, a company known for fashion-minded Bluetooth headsets and iPod speakers, has announced the launch of UP, a durable, water-resistant bracelet that feeds a companion app with sleep and activity data. Sound familiar? It should. This is actually the second launch for UP, which made headlines when it was announced in July 2011, and sold hundreds of thousands of units on Black Friday of last...
November 12, 2012
EarlySense, Inc., an Israeli-based company with a U.S. subsidiary in Waltham, MA, announced a $15 million funding round today. The $15 million brings the company's total funding to $46 million, CEO Avner Halperin told MobiHealthNews. EarlySense manufactures under-mattress sensors and remote monitoring systems for patient beds. EarlySense monitoring is wireless and contact-free; no sensors are...
November 12, 2012
When MobiHealthNews reported on the recent Pew findings last week, we quoted Susannah Fox as saying the Long Tail of the app market likely sustains some niche health apps. One such app, the HysterSisters hysterectomy support app, demonstrates how an existing online community can leverage a social health app with a self-tracking component for additional support. HysterSisters has been around since...
November 12, 2012
Just under a year after it's US launch, Qualcomm Life announced the expansion of its 2net wireless health platform in the European market. Laurent Vandebrouk, managing director of Qualcomm Life Europe, told MobiHealthNews that some of Qualcomm Life's medical device partners are already in the European market, and some partners in the US would like to expand into Europe. Qualcomm's 2net is a cloud...
November 8, 2012
A common media narrative has it that screen time in front of TV and video games is a big contributor to inaction and obesity. But people following mobile health know that video games have the potential to impact fitness in a positive direction as well. In 2010, MobiHealthNews wrote about the potential for virtual avatars to improve fitness feedback. Now, a recent study from the University of...
November 8, 2012
The recent Pew Internet Project study reported that only 9 percent of American adults use texting to get health updates, although 80 percent use text messaging. As app adoption stagnates, some start-ups, like California-based HealthCrowd, are hitching their wagon to mobile messaging, including text messaging, rather than apps, as the future of patient engagement. “There are too many apps out...