Jonah Comstock

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...
By Jonah Comstock 01:39 amDecember 4, 2012
Ben Sawyer Motivating behavior change has long been one of the biggest challenges and opportunities in mobile health. One avenue for addressing that challenge is to take lessons from a field that doesn't suffer from any engagement problems: gaming. For the first year, the mHealth Summit 2012 featured a Games for Health pavilion, focused on companies using games and the lessons learned from...
By Jonah Comstock 06:45 amDecember 3, 2012
Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini kicked off the mHealth Summit this morning by announcing a launch date for the mobile implementation of their health data syncing platform CarePass, which will combine Aetna's recent mobile acquisitions and partners into a single offering. CarePass has been available as a web platform, but Bertolini said it would go mobile in March 2013. The platform connects iTriage, the...
By Jonah Comstock 06:28 amNovember 29, 2012
Scanadu, the 2-year-old San Francisco startup aiming to develop a handheld medical scanner for home use, similar to the Star Trek tricorder, has unveiled its first three products, set for release by the end of 2013. The Scanadu SCOUT is the central scanner component. The NASA Ames Research Center-based company says that customers simply hold the small, lightweight device to the patient's temple...
By Jonah Comstock 02:30 amNovember 29, 2012
HealthTap, the doctor question and answer service that has recently been expanding into a care provider directory and referral network, has acquired the health business of Avvo, a Q&A website that connects users to lawyers and doctors, for an undisclosed amount. HealthTap will add about 13,000 new doctors to its network, bringing its total to more than 30,000 physician users, CEO Ron Gutman...
By Jonah Comstock 09:28 amNovember 28, 2012
Behavior monitoring and analytics startup Ginger.io has raised $6.5 million dollars in its first round of funding, led by increasingly frequent digital health investor Khosla Ventures. Existing investors from the company's $1.7 million seed round in October 2011, True Ventures and Romulus Capital, also contributed. Ginger.io, which absorbed mobile health startup Pipette earlier this year, offers...
By Jonah Comstock 06:51 amNovember 28, 2012
Myca Health company Hello Health raised $11.5 million this week in a round led by First Generational Capital. Hello Health just raised $10 million raised in February, which brings the subsidiary's total funding in 2012 to $21.5 million. Hello Health said the money would be used for meeting increased demand for its free EHR system, notable for its patient-facing component, including a subscription...
By Jonah Comstock 01:45 pmNovember 27, 2012
A new meta-analysis of 11 studies shows that mobile device-enabled interventions can help increase people's physical activity. The study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, is the first meta-analysis of its kind, according to the authors. The 11 studies looked at a broad range of mobile interventions, a few of which seem out of date in the current market. Eight of the 11 used...
By Jonah Comstock 02:44 amNovember 27, 2012
Qualcomm Ventures is one of several investors in the first round of funding for ClearCare, a San Francisco-based company that provides a front- and back-end online software platform for the home care industry. ClearCare raised $4.6 million in combined seed and first round funds from Qualcomm and venture firms Voyager Capital and Harbor Pacific Capital. Voyager led the round. The 2-year-old...
By Jonah Comstock 01:35 pmNovember 26, 2012
MobiHealthNews covered health coaching platform company Healthrageous's $6.5 million second round funding last month, but the company just announced that the final investor in that round was the Partners Innovation Fund, a division of Partners HealthCare. Partners is the parent company of the Center for Connected Health, the group Healthrageous spun off from when it was founded. Healthrageous CEO...