Jonah Comstock

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...
February 9, 2018
Smart thermometer and connected health company Kinsa has launched a new wireless version of its device, called Kinsa QuickCare, after securing FDA clearance last month. “Partly, this is our response to the fact that the headphone jack is gone,” Kinsa CEO Inder Singh told MobiHealthNews. “The first version of our stick was corded and connected to the headphone jack, so our answer to that is a...
February 7, 2018
Mirror, a New York City-based virtual fitness platform company, has raised $13 million in a new funding round led by Spark Capital. Lerer Hippeau, First Round Capital, Primary Venture Partners, BoxGroup, and Brainchild Holdings also contributed to the round.  Founded by New York City ballet dancer and fitness studio owner Brynn Putnam, the company will offer a hardware product that takes on the...
February 6, 2018
Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Massachusetts has launched a new app-based initiative to try to keep patients from coming back to the hospital’s cardiology department. The hospital has teamed up with Twine Health to launch a program that virtually connects patients with a health coach who helps them stick to their goals. “I’ve been a cardiologist for 10 years and in my clinic I’m always frustrated...
February 5, 2018
Empatica's Embrace, the consumer-facing wearable for epileptic seizure detection, received 510(k) clearance from the FDA last month. The wearable, which has already been used in clinical trials by pharma company Sunovion, has a long history that's led it up to this milestone. The clearance is as a prescription, not an over-the-counter device, which means users will have to secure a prescription...
February 5, 2018
When people think about direct-to-consumer telemedicine, they often think of video visits or phone calls. But Kaiser Permanente Colorado has discovered that, for the integrated system, a simple text chat is an easier sell — as its impressive uptake numbers demonstrate. “We trialed this as a mechanism by which we would be able to help our members avoid unnecessary ER visits, but it has turned into...
February 1, 2018
The Apple Heart Study — which began enrollment at the end of November — has now begun data collection, with participants receiving prompts over the weekend to sign informed consent documents and initiate data collection. That document also reveals some new details about how Apple plans to use data collected during the study.  “This study is part of the development of a new investigational device...
February 1, 2018
In many ways, 2017 was a banner year for digital health funding, according to Rock Health's annual report, which puts funding for the year at a record $5.8 billion. In other ways, however, the year fell short, with a drop in mergers and acquisitions and not a single IPO in the space all year. "2017 saw the greatest amount of funding being poured into digital health to date, with a steady but not...