Jonah Comstock

December 3, 2018
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and LA-based Giblib have teamed up to offer what the organizations say is the first accredited continuing medical education (CME) course delivered entirely via virtual reality. The course, called Essential GI Surgeries will be available through Giblib's website. It will include 25 hours of real surgeries recorded in 360 VR (as well as in a traditional...
Jeff Williams shows off the Apple Watch ECG in September.
November 29, 2018
Apple made big waves at its last September special event by announcing — concurrent with FDA's announcement of its clearance — an ECG reader built into the Apple Watch Series 4. Now, according to a leaked training document obtained by MacRumors, that feature is set to go live in the next WatchOS update, version 5.1.2, due out before the year's end. While the Watch itself has been on sale since...
November 27, 2018
Smart sock maker Sensoria is teaming up with the Michael J. Fox Foundation and independent research group Neuroscience Research Australia to launch a 100-patient clinical trial looking at what smart textiles in socks can do for Parkinson’s disease patients. The trial, called Standing Tall-PD, is supported by a grant from MJFF. The first part of the study will test the potential for smart textiles...
Anthem's LiveHealth Online offering
November 27, 2018
Anthem Blue Cross of California has launched a new telehealth option for its 1.2 million Medicaid patients in California. These patients can access both urgent care and behavioral health visits through Anthem’s LiveHealth Online telehealth platform via smartphone, tablet or computer. “We have members in rural counties that are looking at this very favorably,” Dr. Barsam Kasravi, chief medical...

Novartis' recently-opened digital health innovation lab in San Francisco. Photo courtesy Novartis on Twitter.

November 21, 2018
Last month, Novartis announced that it would be cutting 2,200 jobs as part of a restructuring of the company focusing on particular priorities. “The overall strategy we have is to focus the company as a leading medicines company powered by digital technologies,” CEO Vas Narasimhan told STAT News last month. “What that has meant is to exit certain health care sectors or segments … — so we exited...
November 21, 2018
With just five and a half million people spread out over more than 100 million square miles of land — and a nationalized system pledged to provide high-quality free medical care to them all — the nation of Finland is about as perfect a testbed for connected health innovation as you can imagine. Add in a sur of developers left over from Nokia’s mobile phone heyday, and you have a country with...
NovioSense's artist conception of its device in use.

NovioSense's artist conception of its device in use.

November 20, 2018
Last week, Alphabet subsidiary Verily Life Sciences announced the end, at least for the foreseeable future, of its glucose-sensing lens collaboration with Novartis. Verily CTO Brian Otis gave his thoughts in a blog post at the time, stressing the learnings the company got from the project. In a recent interview with Babyforyou.net.ua, Novartis Global Head of Digital Development Jacob LaPorte...
November 19, 2018
Nicklaus Children’s Health System in Miami, Florida is deploying an app-based clinical image sharing tool, tapping startup WinguMD and medical imaging company Dicom Systems. “Prior to deploying the application, clinical photos were stored in multiple devices using numerous manual processes,” Elise Hermes, chief nursing information officer for Nicklaus, said in a statement. “Quality, continuity,...
November 16, 2018
Four years after announcing an ambitious — and often ridiculed — project to create a glucose-sensing lens along with Novartis subsidiary Alcon, Alphabet's Verily is throwing in the towel, the company announced in a blog post today. It will continue to work on two other medical lens projects, aimed at presbyopia and cataract surgery recovery. "Our clinical work on the glucose-...
November 15, 2018
Belgian biopharma company UCB has tapped customer engagement company Verint Systems to create an app for patients with Parkinson's disease. The app is called PD Coach and includes an AI assistant named April which can communicate with users either by text or speech. At launch, the app will support journaling and symptoms tracking. April is programmed with a wealth of Parkinson's-specific...