Jonah Comstock

February 7, 2019
DrChrono has announced that its EHR, which runs on the iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch, has attained ONC certification for Meaningful Use Stage 3. The company believes it is the first to obtain that certification for a mobile-based product. “The way that I look at the world and the way that the company looks at the world, everybody has a hugely powerful computer in their pocket where they can do a...
February 7, 2019
iQ Group claims to have saliva-based connected non-invasive glucometer. The iQ Group, an Australian consortium of life sciences companies, is developing a smartphone-connected real-time glucose monitoring test that uses saliva, rather than blood. Glucose levels in bodily fluids like saliva, sweat, and tears can serve as a reasonable proxy for blood glucose, but so far the many attempts at making...
February 6, 2019
When your hospital system is smack dab in the middle of Silicon Valley, the need to innovate digitally becomes personal. “If you look where we are based and who our patients are, our patients are employees of people who have worked here in the valley,” Aditya Bhasin, VP of software at Stanford Health Care, told MobiHealthNews. “They’re the guys who are creating the consumerization experiences we...
February 6, 2019
Big Health, the London and San Francisco-based digital health app company behind CBT-based sleep app Sleepio, has released its second app, Daylight, which is focused on combating worry and anxiety. Like Sleepio, the app is based on cognitive behavioral therapy. It was developed by a group of creatives the company describes as "leading podcast producers, filmmakers, designers and animators,...
February 5, 2019
Ahead of HIMSS19, Teladoc Health has launched two new features for health system customers: Clinical WorkScope, which allows hospitals to virtualize their existing workflows, fee structures, and referral networks; and Integrated Diagnostic Testing, which makes it easier for physicians to order imaging and lab tests in virtual visits. “The status quo right now for most vendors is a minor medical...

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February 1, 2019
In 2009, the iPhone was a year and a half old. The iPad was just a rumor. The Apple Watch wasn’t even that. There was no such thing as a Fitbit. CMS didn’t have an innovation center and the FDA didn’t have any guidelines about apps. Telemedicine had been around for a while, but it was something that involved bulky carts. No one thought that Apple, Google, or Amazon would ever be thought of as a...

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January 31, 2019
Duke University has received about $500,000 in grant money from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina to build an app designed to help doctors and patients work together to prevent opioid abuse. The investment is part of $2 million in grants distributed earlier this week by Blue Cross NC across five organizations tackling the opioid crisis in different ways, which in turn is part of a $10...
Sydney Children’s Cloe Benz

Sydney Children’s Cloe Benz

January 30, 2019
Telemedicine doesn’t have to be all or nothing. That’s one lesson the Sydney Children’s Hospital learned from its implementation of a telehealth program for physical therapy, which encompasses both virtual visits and in-person visits. “We are visiting kids in their homes and doing physical therapy treatments in their homes, but we’re also taking their services out of hospital by visiting them via...
January 30, 2019
Chronic condition management startup Livongo has acquired MyStrength, a Denver-based digital behavioral health company. The company did not disclose the acquisition price, but Livongo CEO Glen Tullman told MobiHealthNews the figure is in the tens of millions. “This entry into behavioral was to complete what we call the whole person platform, and to be able to go to someone and say ‘Whatever...
Sarah Toy-Ding (left) and Tiffany Shields (right)

Dignity Health's Sarah Toy-Ding (left) and Tiffany Shields (right)

January 29, 2019
Using SMART on FHIR integration, Dignity Health was able to quickly roll out a patient-facing app that delivers education and medication reminders in 20 different languages. “Our leadership was looking for an opportunity to improve the patient experience, by engaging patients more in preventive care to help reduce readmission rates, and by being able to communicate more broadly with our patient...