Jonah Comstock

February 20, 2018
New York and Palo Alto, California-based MemoryMD has received FDA clearance for NeuroEEG, a wireless amplifier that transmits EEG signals to computers and cloud-based databases via Bluetooth. The other half of MemoryMD's offering, a disposable EEG cap called NeuroCap, is still awaiting clearance. "Essentially we’ve innovated on existing EEG solutions in the market," MemoryMD Chief Quality...
February 20, 2018
OrCam, an Israeli company working on augmented reality for the blind and vision impaired, has raised $30.4 million. According to Reuters, which broke the news, the round included Israeli insurer Clal Insurance and investment group Meitav Dash. The round takes the company's total funding to just over $130 million and place's the company's valuation at $1 billion. CEO Ziv Aviram told Reuters the...
February 19, 2018
Last week, Fitbit announced that it was acquiring Twine Health for an undisclosed sum. The news came as a surprise to many who still think of Fitbit as primarily a consumer-facing wearable device company. But an increasingly large slice of Fitbit is Fitbit Health Solutions, the company’s employee wellness business. And for Fitbit Health Solutions, Twine Health — which itself pivoted toward the...
February 19, 2018
The rise of consumerism in healthcare might seem like new ground to people in the industry, but when other industries are considered, that ground starts to look well-trodden. Customer service, customer satisfaction, and customer loyalty have been the North Star in other industries for years -- now it’s on hospitals to translate those values and skills into patient satisfaction and patient loyalty...
February 15, 2018
San Francisco-based FareWell is changing its name to Better Therapeutics, a rebranding that reflects the company’s shift in focus from weight loss and disease prevention to digital therapeutics to treat chronic diseases. To punctuate that shift, Better Therapeutics is announcing the name change on the same day as the publication of a study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research that...
February 14, 2018
When Suneel Gupta founded Rise Health in 2013, his inspiration was his father. He shared with MobiHealthNews that he started the digital health company after seeing his father struggle with making lifestyle changes after a triple bypass surgery. But for Gupta's latest endeavor — a Democratic run for Michigan's hotly-contested 11th District — it's his mother who serves as his inspiration. "My mom...
February 14, 2018
When Kate Sheridan was 11 years old, a series of complications from Lyme Disease changed her life dramatically. “I went from a straight A student to not being able to read and write, a competitive athlete to wheelchair-bound, and developed an intense pain disorder,” she said. “We very suddenly had a lot to manage — medication schedules, dozens of doctor appointments and conflicting diagnoses,...
February 13, 2018
Portland, Oregon-based Bright.md, which makes a virtual physician's assistant app called SmartExam, has announced two new customer wins at Presbyterian Healthcare Services in New Mexico and Providence Health & Services in Oregon. Concurrent with the New Mexico launch, Bright.md has launched a Spanish-language version of the app as well. "Healthcare systems like Presbyterian and Providence...
February 12, 2018
Wyoming launches app for families. The Wyoming Department of Health has launched a free app, developed by Wildflower Health, to help parents track and manage the health of their children. The app includes trackers for height, weight, and vaccinations, as well as tools for expecting mothers and parents of infants. It also connects users to Wyoming Department of Health resources, such as the ...
February 12, 2018
Merck subsidiary StayWell, which offers a preventative health platform for employers, health plans, and health systems, has acquired Provata Health for an undisclosed sum. Provata Health makes a digital health platform for employee wellness, which includes a chronic disease management program incorporating a connected scale and blood pressure monitor; a lifestyle management platform that...