Jonah Comstock

October 19, 2017
The Thrive Innovation Center in Louisville, Kentucky opened today. The Center is a nonprofit dedicated to showcasing new aging in place technologies in partnership with tech companies like Samsung, CDW Healthcare, Lenovo, and Aruba, as well as a number of aging tech startups. "We really wanted to create a center that was more of an experiential center, not a tradeshow floor," CEO and Executive...
October 18, 2017
Two years after launching its smoking cessation app Quitter's Circle, pharmaceutical company Pfizer is seeing impressive continued engagement with the app. It's also applying the lessons learned from Quitter's Circle toward other mobile health pursuits — including a recently-launched app for people living with cancer. "We can do surveys right in the app," Mark Pizzini, Pfizer's digital strategy...
October 18, 2017
Health analytics company BaseHealth has raised $8.5 million is Series C funding. HBM Healthcare Investments contributed $2.5 million to the round. Other investors were not disclosed. According to Crunchbase, this round brings BaseHealth's total funding to $17.5 million. BaseHealth offers a population health tool that combines access to a wide, disparate swath of health data with an analytics...
October 18, 2017
Pear Therapeutics announced today that reSET-O, a digital therapeutic for opioid use disorder, has received an Expedited Access Pathway (EAP) designation from the FDA. The EAP designation doesn't mean that the FDA has cleared the product, only that it has committed to fast-tracking it through the clearance process because of its timely public health value.  “The opioid epidemic continues to...
October 17, 2017
Fifty-nine percent of American adults used a website like WebMD to look up symptoms instead of visiting a primary care physician, according to a new survey, while only 12 percent used telemedicine in place of primary care. The data comes from the University of Phoenix College of Health Professionals, which completed an online survey of 2,201 individuals across a range of demographic backgrounds....
October 17, 2017
Opternative, a Chicago-based digital health company that offers an online refractive eye exam service to help consumers get prescriptions for glasses or contacts, is suing online glasses retailer Warby Parker in New York District Court. The suit alleges that Warby Parker's Prescription Check offering (launched in May) was based on proprietary information and technology obtained from Opternative...
October 17, 2017
Google briefly tested, but has either removed or planned to remove, a feature in Google Maps that automatically added calorie counts to walking routes, and even expressed the number of calories as an equivalent number of "mini-cupcakes." The feature was rolled out on a test basis to some iOS users, but was rapidly panned on Twitter. In addition to a general feeling that the app was shaming or...
October 13, 2017
Day 1 of last week’s Health 2.0 conference in Santa Clara, California was a Provider Symposium, where innovation personnel at some of the nation’s large and notable health systems came together to speak about their experiences around innovation, big data, and patient engagement, among other topics. Data isn’t enough: Machine learning, big data, and interoperability One theme that emerged from...
October 12, 2017
The Bungie Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the video game company behind the Halo and Destiny franchises, is scaling up an initiative to get iPads into children’s hospitals with the help of Apple device management company Jamf. The foundation’s iPads for Kids program gets iPads preloaded with age-appropriate games into the hands of pediatric patients at no charge to the hospital. It’s been...
October 12, 2017
Updated with new information and a statement from Teladoc. Dr. Lewis Levy, the Chief Medical Officer at recent Teladoc acquisition Best Doctors, has stepped into the Teladoc CMO role. Former Chief Medical Officer Dr. Henry DePhillips has left the company to become SVP and Chief Medical Officer at Cedar Gate Technologies, which makes healthcare performance analytics tools for value-based care....