Jonah Comstock

March 16, 2018
Platinum Equity, a Los Angeles-based global investment firm focused on mergers, acquisitions, and operations, has made a binding offer to acquire Johnson & Johnsons' Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania and Zug, Switzerland-based LifeScan business, which sells the OneTouch line of connected and non-connected glucometers. Platinum Equity will pay $2.1 billion for the business, which reported $1.5...
March 15, 2018
Opternative, a Chicago-based purveyor of online and mobile refractive eye exams, received a warning letter from the FDA last fall. The October 30 warning letter was only recently made public by the agency. Addressed to then-CEO Aaron Dallek (Opternative named a new CEO, Brent Rasmussen, in January), the letter makes it clear that it considers Opternative's online eye exam to be a mobile medical...
March 15, 2018
Apple has risen to the top of the competitive global wearables market, according to an IDC report that came out at the beginning of this month. Meanwhile the overall growth of the space has slowed as control of the market consolidates among big players. "Interest in smartwatches continues to grow and Apple is well-positioned to capture demand," Ramone T. Llamas, research director of IDC's...
March 14, 2018
At HIMSS last week, Samsung announced a partnership with Travelers Insurance, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Bayer, and AppliedVR around using virtual reality for pain management. Samsung and Travelers will fund a 16-month study of between 90 and 140 patients, conducted at Cedars using technology from Samsung, Bayer, and AppliedVR. "We just completed a randomized control trial that shows you can...
March 14, 2018
Virginia Hospital Center, a 394-bed nonprofit hospital in the Washington, DC area, is implementing the Spok Care Connect platform for hospital communication. The organization is planning a hospital-wide rollout of the smartphone-based secure messaging platform. “Two years ago, we decided to invest in a new EHR and now, interoperability is a top priority for us,” Michael Mistretta, vice president...
March 13, 2018
In January, Accenture completed its two-year contract with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to create a white paper to advise the industry about implementing patient-generated health data projects. Emily Mitchell, a senior manager with the Accenture Federal Services Health and Public Service practice and one of the leaders of the project, sat down with Babyforyou.net.ua to talk...
March 12, 2018
Medtronic has finally received FDA clearance for Guardian Connect, its smartphone-connected standalone CGM for patients who use multiple daily injections (MDI) for their insulin. Medtronic's closed-loop system for pump users was cleared in 2016. "Despite proven benefits and advances in technology, only a minority of insulin-using people with diabetes currently use continuous glucose monitors (CGM...
March 12, 2018
Digital therapeutics may be up and coming, but they also have a long way to go before their mainstream treatment options, according to experts who spoke at the digital therapeutics deep dive at HIMSS18. “This is going to be a completely new industry sector,” Pierre Leurent, CEO of Voluntis, said during the session. “It’s going to have very strong growth in the years to come and it’s going to be a...
March 12, 2018
Duke University has launched a new Apple ResearchKit study, the MS Mosaic Study, aimed at using big data and patient insights to improve medical understanding of multiple sclerosis. Dr. Lee Hartsell, assistant professor of neurology at Duke University Medical Center, spoke about the new study -- and some of the challenges involved in launching it -- at the Digital and Personal Connect...
March 9, 2018
Babyforyou.net.ua spent the last week at the HIMSS18 annual global conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can see all our HIMSS coverage on our website, but we don't always have time to write all the news from the show. Read on for some additional comments, case studies, and launches from the show. Jonathan Bush says digital can save hospitals from becoming Blockbusters Well-established health...