Jonah Comstock

March 24, 2017
In January, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that it would cover continuous glucose monitoring for the first time; specifically it would cover therapeutic CGMs, of which the only one currently recognized is the Dexcom G5. That coverage officially kicks in today, now that CMS has issued the billing codes providers can use to get reimbursed. “This is a new era and a huge win...
March 24, 2017
Sanofi Consumer Healthcare, a division of the global pharmaceutical company, used wearable devices in a "social experiment" that forms part of the marketing efforts for Xyzal, its 24-hour allergy medication that recently became available over the counter. The company used wearables to track the sleep and activity of allergy sufferers in a small non-scientific test in order to demonstrate ways in...
March 23, 2017
Precision oncology company Syapse, which is working with Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative, has hired a new CEO, Ken Tarkoff. Tarkoff was previously chief operating officer at RelayHealth, a healthcare administration software company bought by McKesson in 2006.  “Precision medicine has the power to transform health care, delivering better treatments and better outcomes. I’m excited to join...
March 23, 2017
The New York Attorney General's office announced today that it has settled with three mobile health apps around alleged misleading claims and irresponsible privacy practices. The apps include Adidas subsidiary Runtastic; MIT Media Lab spinoff Cardiio, and Matis, maker of "My Baby's Beat", an app that claims to monitor a fetus's heartbeat using the iPhone microphone. The developers agreed to...
March 22, 2017
A new study from UCSF -- one part of the organizations's extensive Health eHeart study -- shows that geofencing (using cellphone triangulation and GPS data to determine a person's location) can be used to track hospitalization with 65 percent accuracy and reasonable sensitivity. The findings were recently published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and...
March 22, 2017
VitalTrax, a Philadelphia-based startup focused on patient engagement in clinical trials, has received a $150,000 seed investment. It is the first investment from a new $6 million digital health fund, launched this past December, led by Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Safeguard Scientifics, and Independence Health Group.  "With its strong leadership and dedication to consumerizing the...
March 21, 2017
MDLive launches new mobile app. Telemedicine vendor MDLive has completely revamped its mobile app. The update includes streamlined onboarding, a new personalized dashboard, and a design that encourages users to use the “find a provider” feature and to update their health records. The app is also customizable for provider partners and MDLive is offering a full SDK to integrate parts of MDLive’s...
March 21, 2017
Correction: A previous version of this article misstated the amount of the raise. It was $4 million. Bivarus, a Durham, North Carolina-based company offering an algorithm-driven approach to patient feedback, has raised $4 million in second round funding. Hatteras Venture Partners led the round with additional participation from Excelerate Health Ventures, NueCura Partners, and Boston Millennia...
March 20, 2017
Global pharmaceutical company UCB has launched Wellness4U, a health and wellness platform for people living with immunologic disorders which includes, as one aspect, an activity tracker pilot program. "Our medicines treat thousands of people around the world and we are engaging with patients, their families and healthcare professionals to address their unmet needs," Todd Edwards, vice president...
March 20, 2017
New York City-based betterPT has raised $1.5 million for its mobile platform for connecting patients to physical therapists. Loeb Holding Corp was the sole investor in the seed round. The genesis of the company grows out of a law recently passed in 29 out of 50 states known as “direct access”, which allows patients to get up to 10 physical therapist visits without a prescription and still be...