Jonah Comstock

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February 19, 2019
Clinical data analysis company Covera Health has raised $8.5 million in a Series A funding round led by Equity Group Investments (EGI). Additional undisclosed strategic and individual investors also contributed to the round. This is Covera’s first round of institutional funding. What they do Covera Health uses data analytics to help its payer and employer customers choose the best providers and...

Verisense by Shimmer IMU (Photo courtesy Shimmer)

February 19, 2019
Shimmer, a Dublin-based wearable sensor company, has launched a new sensor platform for clinical trials called VeriSense. At launch, the platform will work with Shimmer's IMU, or inertial measurement unit, sensor, which can measure activity and sleep from the wrist, as well as network with sensors elsewhere on the body to monitor musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. The company has been...

(L to R) Dr. Nick Patel, an audience volunteer, and Dr. Robert Louis demonstrate the system (Photo by Jonah Comstock).

February 15, 2019
Dr. Robert Louis, director of the skull base and pituitary tumor program at the Hoag Neurosciences Institute, didn’t set out to use virtual reality as a tool for patient engagement.  Originally, Louis explained during a session at HIMSS19, his department was using the technology — which turns two-dimensional radiology images into a three-dimensional virtual reality flythrough — for surgical...
February 15, 2019
It’s always hard to pin down one theme for a conference as large and multifaceted as the HIMSS global conference, which wrapped up today in Orlando, Florida. But this year one theme did stand out above the rest: interoperability. Of course, interoperability and data sharing have been a conversation topic at HIMSS for a number of years. But this time there was a sense that all the effort that’s...
February 14, 2019
Smartphone-connected ECG maker AliveCor has officially named an interim CEO, shortly after securing $20 million in debt funding from Oxford Finance. Ira Bahr, the new interim CEO and former chief commercial officer, told MobiHealthNews that the company is gearing up for a big year in 2019. “I think we’re going to do more in the next six months than we have in the last six years,” he said. “That...

American Well CEO Roy Schoenberg shows off the new cart at HIMSS19. (Photo by Jonah Comstock)

February 14, 2019
At HIMSS19, telehealth platform company American Well unveiled the American Well 250 cart, a telehealth cart that allows physicians and patients in a hospital to connect to a wide range of specialists. The product is the first fruit of American Well’s acquisition of Avizia in April of last year. Additionally at the show, American Well announced an expanded partnership with behavioral health-...
February 13, 2019
Artificial intelligence and machine learning have crossed the threshold from theory and pilots to real implementations in hospitals. But the reality of machine learning’s role is a bit different from the idyllic vision of IBM Watson reading the New England Journal of Medicine and setting a care plan, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO Dr. John Halamka said in a talk today at the Innovation...
February 13, 2019
At Monday’s Patient Engagement and Experience Summit at HIMSS19, Cleveland Clinic Chief Experience Officer Dr. Adrienne Boissy took the stage to answer some attendee questions about the state of patient engagement. While the discussion was wide-ranging, an overall theme shined through: the importance of empathy. Read on for some patient engagement lessons. 1. Don’t mix up patient data with...
Person using a ridesharing app.
February 12, 2019
When it comes to medical transportation, the status quo just won’t do, according to Uber Health head Aaron Crowell. “Sometimes there are programs that require two days before you can even schedule a trip,” he said. “I don’t know about you, but oftentimes with my kids I don’t know exactly when they’re going to get sick and I can’t schedule it in advance. And then the other thing is once a patient...
Microsoft sign.
February 12, 2019
Last week in advance of HIMSS19, Microsoft announced the launch of Azure API for FHIR, the first in a series of APIs to help customers work with machine learning on protected health information in the cloud. The launch follows up on Microsoft’s open-source release on GitHub last November. “We saw tremendous response to that,” Heather Cartwright, general manager for Healthcare NExT at Microsoft,...