Jonah Comstock

January 25, 2019
The terms “patient engagement,” “patient empowerment,” and “patient activation” get thrown around a lot in the world of digital health, often interchangeably. But Derek and Tracie Risling, co-founders of RisTech Consulting, believe that firmly differentiating these three phrases could help improve the science of digital health, which could in turn mean more interventions succeeding and fewer...
January 23, 2019
Digitimes, a supply side electronics publication with a mixed track record on Apple rumors, is reporting that Apple plans to launch next-generation AirPods in 2019 which will include health monitoring features. Giving credence to the rumor is an older report from November that Apple had updated certain trademarks pertaining to the AirPods to include health sensors. The rumor doesn't include...
January 23, 2019
At Novant Health Physician Network in North Carolina, designing for the patient has been the hospital’s driving force for some years, especially when it comes to online interactions. “We started back in 2010 or 2011 as we were rolling out our electronic health records,” Novant Health Physician Network chief operating officer Dr. Hank Capps told Babyforyou.net.ua. “We made a philosophical decision to...
January 22, 2019
The Pill Club, a company that provides telemedicine and mail-order pharmacy services to help women access birth control, has raised $51 million in Series B funding, bringing its total funding up to $67 million. VMG led the round with participation from GV and ACME Capital (new investors) as well as Base10 and Shasta Ventures (existing investors). What they do Through The Pill Club's online...

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January 22, 2019
São Paolo, Brazil is a city with 20 million inhabitants — all served by a nationalized healthcare system that has struggled to find enough specialists to offer those residents care in a timely manner. Take dermatology, for instance. The city had a waitlist of more than 60,000 people, each waiting around a year and a half to see a dermatologist. So city officials decided to see if telemedicine...
January 18, 2019
Last week, Babyforyou.net.ua attended JP Morgan Week for the first time. While we took a pass on the eponymous conference, we talked digital health at the bevy of conferences, meetings, and cocktail parties that have sprung up around the investment bank’s annual life sciences event. The distributed nature of JP Morgan makes it hard to pull out one overarching themes, but a few trends and topics of...
January 18, 2019
The government shutdown was well underway for the entirety of JP Morgan week in San Francisco last week, but that didn’t stop HHS leaders from dropping by auxiliary events in the Bay Area. National Coordinator Don Rucker delivered the opening address to HIMSS’s own Health 2.0 VentureConnect event, while HHS Chief Data Officer Dr. Mona Siddiqui swung by the StartUp Health Festival for a fireside...
January 18, 2019
While the HIMSS Global Conference is often thought of as a health IT conference for physicians and CIOs, the annual event actually caters to a wide variety of stakeholders in healthcare including entrepreneurs, investors, informaticists, and a wide variety of clinicians and executives. In order to highlight that diversity of attendees and offerings, this year HIMSS is organizing HIMSS Circles, an...

The Misfit Vapor 2, a smartwatch from Fossil Group.

January 17, 2019
Google has agreed to pay $40 million to acquire a still-under-development smartwatch technology from Fossil Group. While the companies have not disclosed much about the technology in question, there is reason to believe it is health or wellness-related.  Greg McKelvey, EVP and chief strategy and digital officer of the Fossil Group, told Wareable that the technology is something that grew out of...
January 15, 2019
You might soon be able to add “preventing death from snake bites” to the list of things the blockchain can do. BTG, a British specialty pharma company, has tapped OMNY to pilot a distributed ledger-based platform to help track the supply of CroFab, the company’s antivenom. “We have the only antivenom for management of all North American pit viper envenomations,” Amanda Goltz, VP of digital at BTG...