Jonah Comstock

By Jonah Comstock 02:13 pm May 2, 2019
Yesterday, Optima Health, the health plan division of Virginia integrated delivery system Sentara Healthcare, launched the first rollout of CareLink, a collaboration with MDLive to use telehealth to improve population health and quality measure scores. "The way the workflow goes is that we identify members who have gaps on certain quality metrics," Dr. Sam Basta, Optima Health's senior director...
By Jonah Comstock 03:14 pm May 1, 2019
In April, MobiHealthNews and our sister publications focused our theme month coverage on the consumerization of healthcare. As patients take on more and more financial responsibility for their own care, the industry is responding by turning healthcare into a consumer experience. For May, we're continuing on with the same narrative thread: As hospitals look to earn the loyalty of consumer-patients...
By Jonah Comstock 01:54 pm May 1, 2019
This Friday, around 500 engineers, clinicians and other innovators will descend on the MIT Media Lab for Grand Hack, the flagship event of MIT’s Hacking Medicine. “Grand Hack is unique because we’ll get applicants from all over the world,” Kriti Subramanyam, one of three co-directors of Hacking Medicine, told MobiHealthNews. “Last year we had applicants from over 30 countries, over 29 states in...
By Jonah Comstock 03:34 pm April 30, 2019
When we talk about health consumerism or the consumerization of health, the topic encompasses a lot of disparate ideas. In her new book Health Consuming: From Health Consumer to Health Citizen, Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, a health economist with a 30-year background in the space, seeks to tie those ideas into one cohesive narrative — and to follow that narrative to see where it leads into our future. The...
By Jonah Comstock 02:31 pm April 29, 2019
Personalized wellness company Arivale has shut down its consumer operations, according to a statement posted on the company's website. MedCityNews first spotted the post. "Regrettably, effective today, we are terminating our consumer program," the team wrote in an unsigned note. "Our decision to do so is attributable to the simple fact that the cost of providing the service exceeds what our...
By Jonah Comstock 03:35 pm April 26, 2019
Everyone sleeps. But not everyone sleeps well. And the quality of your sleep can have far-reaching effects on your mental and physical health. Considering all that, it’s no surprise that sleep health has become one of the major focuses of consumer-facing digital health plays — although research has shown that it’s less popular than diet or exercise tracking, and most popular among the “worried...
By Jonah Comstock 07:39 pm April 25, 2019
Diplomat Pharmacy has released some data about its partnership with smart pill bottle maker AdhereTech as the companies also announced plans to expand that deal. The data, representative of more than 1,000 patients, shows that on average, patients who used the technology filled their medication one additional time over the course of the year. Patient retention was 12% higher, and the average...
By Jonah Comstock 03:07 pm April 25, 2019
Cognitive assessment app maker Savonix has raised $9.6 million in what the company is calling an extension of its 2017 $5.1 million Series A round. Along with its $1.5 million seed round, this brings the company's total funding to $16.2 million. New investors Fusion Fund and Wavemaker Partners led the round, with additional participation from new investor DEFTA Partners and existing investors ...
By Jonah Comstock 09:19 am April 24, 2019
Aaron Patzer, the Mint.com founder who sold his company to Intuit for $170 million, is venturing into the healthcare space with Vital, a new company that launched out of stealth today with $5.2 million in funding and four hospital clients set to be announced in the coming weeks. This is actually Patzer’s second healthcare company, in a way — he sold Fountain, a company focused on delivering...
By Jonah Comstock 03:12 pm April 23, 2019
Deep learning for runners. UC San Diego researchers have developed an AI tool called FitRec which uses deep learning to make personalized fitness recommendations for runners based on past performance data. The algorithm was trained on a public dataset from Endomondo, an Under Armour subsidiary, that included 250,000 workout records for more than 1,000 runners. "Personalization is crucial in...