Jonah Comstock

January 23, 2017
UK-based cognitive assessment company Cambridge Cognition has received FDA clearance for Cantab Mobile, the company's iPad-based assessment tool for memory issues in older adults. The app, which already had a CE Mark, received FDA clearance January 13th. Cantab Mobile is a 10-minute test -- based on the Pairs Associates Learning or PAL test -- administered via a tablet that puts the user through...
January 23, 2017
Personal MedSystems, a German medical device company better known by its brand name CardioSecur, has raised $5.36 million (5 million euros). KPN Ventures led the round, with additional contributions from new investors Sino-German High-Tech Fund and the NRW-Bank, and existing investors Seventure Partners and HTGF. “The Series B financing and the strategic leverage points of our new investors will...
January 19, 2017
Jawbone's Chief Financial Officer has left the company, The Verge reported this week. CFO Jason Child, who joined Jawbone in 2015 from Groupon, has left the struggling company to join the Global Advisory Board of the University of Washington's Foster School of Business. Jawbone also lost it's top product exec, Travis Bogard, this past summer. New York City-based physician-specialist consult...
January 19, 2017
Apple periodically features groups of apps in its app store for particular use cases and audiences. Under “Apps for Patients” in its Medical section, the company highlights these 24 personal care apps, which range from well known apps like WebMD and Mayo Clinic to some more under-the-radar options. Some apps apply to people living with particular conditions, while others provide lifestyle help...
January 19, 2017
Updated with statement from Eli Lilly Indianapolis-based pharma company Eli Lilly recently recieved FDA 510K clearance for a new mobile app called Go Dose, a diabetes management and insulin dosing app for users of Humalog, Lilly's rapid-acting insulin. The clearance is for prescription use, but includes two versions of the app: Go Dose, for patients, and Go Dose Pro, for healthcare providers. "...
January 18, 2017
Samsung news site SamMobile is reporting that a new version of Samsung's S Health app is in the works, and that it will add doctor's visits, telemedicine, and symptom checker features through partnerships with American Well and WebMD. SamMobile expects the update to launch with the launch of the Galaxy S8 in late February. The site said it's a "deep integration" which will allow users to search...
January 18, 2017
Every decision ‎Pam Landis makes is motivated by the same litmus test: will it help make the patient journey easier and more seamless? Landis is vice president of information services at Carolinas Healthcare System, a 39-hospital system in North and South Carolina that's been doing a lot of forward-looking work in digital health through programs like MyCarolinas Tracker, which uses consumer-grade...
January 17, 2017
The Stanford University School of Medicine has launched a Center for Digital Health which will help support greater efficacy data for digital health tools by providing Silicon Valley companies with opportunities to develop, test, and implement new tools in collaboration with the university.  “With our biomedical expertise and location in Silicon Valley, Stanford Medicine is uniquely positioned to...
January 17, 2017
Joyable, a San Francisco-based behavioral health technology startup has layed off 20 people (half its staff) and pivoted its business, with plans to refocus on its enterprise emloyee wellness offering rather than the direct-to-consumer business that has been the company's main focus up until now. Fortune broke the news. "We let a number of talented people and friends go this week," CEO Peter...
January 17, 2017
Last November, as part of an investigative series on Apple's meetings with the FDA, we reported the company's stated plans to develop "two possible (and related) products in the cardiac space" which would require FDA clearance. In that report we speculated, based largely on a quote from Tim Cook in the Telegraph, that one of the products might be a wearable ECG built into an Apple Watch strap,...