Jonah Comstock

By Jonah Comstock 01:34 pmNovember 20, 2012
The now-defunct Healogica app. Clinical trials are a clear area where mobile engagement and big data have serious potential, but it's still a largely untapped use case. There have been a lot of stories recently about the opportunities in that space, but also on the challenges companies have encountered in implementing them. At least one abandoned study and one failed company can attest to those...
By Jonah Comstock 07:14 amNovember 20, 2012
The National Football League has signed a deal with EHR maker eClinicalWorks to transition the league from paper records to an all electronic system. The Boston Globe reported that the NFL will pay between $7 million and $10 million for the 10-year contract. Records will be instantly viewable on a smartphone or tablet by medical staff on the sidelines of the games. As players often move and...
By Jonah Comstock 01:30 amNovember 20, 2012
The MCOTos, released earlier this year. CardioNet, one of the oldest companies in the mobile cardiac arrhythmia monitoring space, announced the launch of a new product last week, the wEvent wireless event monitor. "This new wireless device provides physicians a much improved replacement to their traditional event monitor," CEO Joseph Capper said in a statement. "The wEvent, unlike existing event...
By Jonah Comstock 12:46 pmNovember 19, 2012
The Doro Secure 740, Doro's new 3G smartphone Doro, the Swedish company that makes mobile phones specifically designed for seniors, has announced a partnership with Bosch Healthcare to expand Bosch's European telehealth network to include a mobile phone-based component. Up until now, Bosch's telehealth offering in Europe has been in the home, Doro CEO Jerome Arnaud told MobiHealthNews....
By Jonah Comstock 12:49 pmNovember 16, 2012
This week, the Cochrane Library published a review of mobile messaging-based smoking cessation interventions. The report found that, based on five studies, with a total of more than 9,000 participants, smokers who used mobile messaging interventions were twice as likely to make it six months without smoking than those who didn't. "We can’t say from the result that this means all text messaging...
By Jonah Comstock 10:39 amNovember 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...
By Jonah Comstock 12:21 pmNovember 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...
By Jonah Comstock 03:30 amNovember 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...
By Jonah Comstock 01:29 pmNovember 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...
By Jonah Comstock 11:12 amNovember 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...