Jonah Comstock

By Jonah Comstock 03:43 pm February 20, 2020
Insulin pump maker Insulin announced partnerships yesterday with two of the leading continuous glucose monitor companies, Abbott and Dexcom. Both involve the Insulet’s Omnipod Horizon Automated Insulin Delivery System which uses a tubeless, wearable “Pod” to deliver insulin for 72 hours at a time. Abbott and Insulet have partnered to offer a new integrated digital health platform that will...
By Jonah Comstock 03:44 pm February 19, 2020
This story has been updated to include additional information. Israel’s Sheba Medical Center is preparing to take custody of the 12 Israeli passengers onboard the Diamond Princess, the cruise ship that has been quarantined in Japan for several weeks because of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The group does not include any confirmed cases — the two Israelis in that number are being treated in a hospital...
By Jonah Comstock 04:28 pm February 18, 2020
Last year Oklahoma Heart Hospital switched up its vendor for appointment scheduling to great affect. As HIMSS Media reported at the time, switching to Relatient took the hospital’s no-show rate down from around 6.5% to 5.1% and saved the hospital nearly a million dollars on an annual basis. Jonathan Minson, lead software architect at OHH will present at HIMSS20 last month along with Relatient...
By Jonah Comstock 04:18 pm February 10, 2020
Update: HIMSS20 has been canceled due to the coronavirus. Read more here. Last year, Apple announced the results of the Apple Heart Study, an ambitious digitally-enabled research project that also tapped the talents of Stanford University, BioTelemetry, and telemedicine company American Well. Through the study, more than 400,000 individuals helped Apple and Stanford learn about atrial...
By Jonah Comstock 09:49 am January 21, 2020
One of the biggest digital health success stories of the two decades is in the diabetes space, especially the continuous glucose monitor (or CGM). The first CGM was approved by the FDA in 1999, but in the last decade we've seen CGMs become smaller, longer lasting and more comfortable, and we've seen huge strides in datasharing as CGM-phone connectivity went from novelty to commodity.  Dexcom has...
By Jonah Comstock 11:48 am January 17, 2020
As 2020 gets underway, the federal government has set its sights on bringing innovation to an area of health that affects one in seven Americans and costs the government more than NASA and the Department of Commerce combined, yet hasn’t seen major innovation since the 1970s. That area is kidney disease. Both HHS Chief Technology Officer Ed Simcox and HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan addressed the...
By Jonah Comstock 02:58 pm January 14, 2020
Embodied Labs, a young company using virtual reality to provide immersive training for caregivers, has raised $3.2 million in seed funding, the company announced yesterday at the Health 2.0 VentureConnect event on the sidelines of the JP Morgan healthcare conference in San Francisco. “The round is very exciting because we triangulated experts in healthcare and aging care with [experts in]...
By Jonah Comstock 09:51 am January 2, 2020
Healthcare is full of tensions. For security professionals at innovative health systems, one tension that can be hard to navigate is the pull between innovation and caution, a topic several experts discussed last month at the Healthcare Security Forum in Boston. “The job of the CISO is to say no, to look at risk,” John Halamka, president of the Mayo Clinic Platform, said at the event. “I had a...
By Jonah Comstock 11:28 am December 23, 2019
MobiHealthNews reported on 53 new acquisitions over the course of 2019. That doesn’t mean all of these deals closed this year: several of these deals were announced late in the year and won’t close until next year, while others may have closed in previous years but weren’t made public until 2019. And of course, definitions of digital health vary, and not every one of these deals will fit everyone...
By Jonah Comstock 11:33 am December 17, 2019
Dublin-based medical technology company Medtronic has acquired digital health startup Klue, a two-year-old startup which uses gesture sensing and other behavioral health metrics to determine when someone is eating. Nothing was disclosed about the terms of the deal, except that Medtronic considers it to be immaterial to 2020 earnings per share. "Bringing Klue and their unique meal detection...