Jonah Comstock

September 6, 2017
While telemedicine has a broad range of applications, some specialties certainly seem better suited then others, and teledentistry -- or, more specifically, teleorthodontia -- seems on the surface to be a poor fit. But Candid, a new startup that launched today, is aiming to do exactly that. The startup will send users a kit by mail that they can use to take impressions of their teeth and complete...
September 6, 2017
AliveCor, makers of the Kardia Mobile smartphone-connected ECG, announced the results of several major studies of the technology, including one that was published online today in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association. The studies show the effectiveness of the technology in discovering atrial fibrillation that might otherwise have gone undetected, as well as its ease of use. "...
September 5, 2017
Increased investment in telehealth for providers, employers, and payers has become a reality, a forward momentum that is unlikely to be turned around. But even as adoption ticks up and state and national legislatures open the doors for more telehealth use and reimbursement, recent studies have shown mixed results about the efficacy of the technology.  About a year ago, in an effort to standardize...
September 1, 2017
Cara, a Berlin-based startup building a medical app for digestive health (a space the company has boldly dubbed “poop tech”), has raised a $2 million seed round. Atlantic Labs led the round, and additional investments came from angel investors. The company does business as Cara, the name of its app, but is officially known as HiDoc. “Digestive issues are still a taboo topic but we are now making...
September 1, 2017
Computers, whether through simple decision trees or complex neural networks, are increasingly playing a larger and larger role in helping healthcare providers make treatment decisions. As the role of clinical decision software in healthcare grows, so too does the need for guidelines that allow clinicians and patients to trust and understand that software. This week, the CDS Coalition, an industry...
August 31, 2017
San Francisco-based Joyable announced this week that its CBT-based digital program for depression treatment, previously available only to its employer and health plan customers, will now be offered direct to consumer along with the company's social anxiety program. It's an interesting move, especially in light of the company's comments in January when it laid off 20 people and adjusted its focus...
August 31, 2017
IFA, a consumer electronics trade show that rivals CES for scope, begins this week in Berlin, and a number of wearables companies are taking the opportunity to announce next generation devices. At the same time, IDC has come out with its quarterly wearables tracking numbers. IDC reports that wearables shipments grew 10.3 percent year over year, reaching 26.3 million during the second quarter of...
August 31, 2017
Bethesda, Maryland-based BrainScope, which makes mobile, non-invasive devices that help medical professionals assess traumatic brain injury, has raised $16 milion. New investor DBL Partners contributed along with existing investors Revolution LLC, ZG Ventures, and Maryland Venture Fund. “We are delighted to have closed this financing with such outstanding investors," Michael Singer, CEO of...
August 31, 2017
GetInsured, a Mountain View, California-based company that makes web tools for easy insurance enrollment, has acquired ACAExpress (and its sister brand Benefit Geek) which work with insurance brokers to facilitate enrollments under the Affordable Care Act. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. "ACAExpress has proven technology with astounding traction in the marketplace,” Chini Krishnan,...
August 31, 2017
Connected health device company Qardio has unveiled the next generation of QardioBase, the company’s smart scale and body analyzer which originally launched in 2015. “We see this as an evolution,” Qardio Chief Business Officer Alexis Zervoglos told MobiHealthNews. “The original QardioBase was a product that moved the field forward and we were consistently told that, both by customers and by...