Jonah Comstock

November 1, 2018
Just a short while after securing a CE Mark for its second generation device, Abbott has been granted FDA clearance for FreeStyle LibreLink, a companion mobile app for its 10 to 14-day CGM. The launch adds a long-awaited feature for US users that’s been available for some time in Europe: users will be able to scan their sensors with an app on their smartphone — and see their latest reading —...
November 1, 2018
AdhereTech, a seven-year-old digital health startup focused on smart pill bottles and medication adherence, has raised a round of growth equity funding, its first since 2014. The company didn’t disclose the amount of the investment, which came from New York-based Argentum. The company has deals with six top 30 pharma companies and all the major specialty pharmas, CEO Josh Stein told...

The digital health landscape, from the Digital Therapeutics Alliance's new report.

October 31, 2018
The precise definition of digital therapeutics has been a hot topic as the new technology category has been discussed and debated in event sessions and articles over the last few years. Now the Digital Therapeutics Alliance, a consortium of industry stakeholders, is hoping to put that to rest with an official definition, released this week in a whitepaper. The definition reads as follows:   "...
October 29, 2018
A new study in the journal Neurology shows that the NightWatch, a connected armband from Leiden, Netherlands-based LivAssured, detected nighttime epileptic seizures 85 percent of the time. The device has been under development for 20 years by a consortium that includes Kempenhaeghe epilepsy centre, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Foundation for Epilepsy Institutions in the Netherlands (...
October 25, 2018
This story has been updated with an additional deal. MobiHealthNews tracked 72 digital health funding deals in Q3 2018, totally $3.3 billion in investment (coincidentially the same number Rock Health came up with). Both Rock Health and Startup Health have pegged this quarter as the biggest ever for digital health investment, so we've rounded up the deals so readers can take a deep dive into the...
October 24, 2018
Care management software company SilverVue and software-enabled Medicare quality reporting consultancy Mingle Analytics have merged to form Mingle Health, a new company that will combine the strengths of the two firms. SilverVue currently offers a suite of tools that deal with transitions of care, post-acute care, and practice performance. Both companies work with all kinds of providers, but...
October 23, 2018
Update: This article has been updated to clarify potentially misleading claims about Novo Nordisk being first to market. Novo Nordisk has struck a deal with Flex Digital Health, part of the IoT logistics company Flex, formerly known as Flextronics. Novo Nordisk will use Flex's BrightInsight platform, which focuses on managing connectivity and compliance for regulated digital health devices, as it...
October 23, 2018
Grady Health System in Atlanta, Georgia was able to save $4 million in prevented readmissions by using a combination of AI-driven predictive analytics and patient-level community interventions. At the HIMSS Big Data and Healthcare Analytics Forum in Boston today, Robin Frady, executive director of business and clinical intelligence at Grady, described her team’s approach to AI when they started...

Intermountain CISO Karl West speaks on a panel at the HIMSS Healthcare Security Forum. (Photo by Donis Perkins).

October 22, 2018
As healthcare shifts towards consumerization, a related shift is happening in healthcare information security. The change is from a perimeter model to an identity model and from an emphasis on compliance to one on maturity, Karl West, chief information security officer at Intermountain Healthcare, said in a talk last week at the HIMSS Privacy and Security Forum. “At Intermountain, 80 percent of...
October 22, 2018
Deborah DiSanzo has stepped down as the head of IBM Watson Health, STAT News reports. Official details around the reasons for the move are scarce, but STAT notes that the division has had some issues of late, including outside criticisms of the program's effectiveness and problems integrating the recent acquisitions.  DiSanzo will move to the strategy team at IBM Cognitive Solutions. John Kelly,...