Jonah Comstock

August 21, 2017
A new study published today in Annals of Internal Medicine and sponsored by Dexcom shows that a continuous glucose monitor could lower the HbA1c scores of people with Type 2 diabetes, and that acceptance of the technology is high among that group as well. Right now, continuous glucose monitoring is a technology mostly used by people with Type 1 diabetes, many of whom administer insulin via an...
August 17, 2017
Jawbone's healthcare plans revealed? Bloomberg may or may not have uncovered Hossain Rahman's plan for Jawbone Health Hub, the resurrected version of the now-defunct consumer wearable and speaker company. The outlet got ahold of documents the company was shopping around last year in pursuit of investors, which suggested plans for devices and apps that track and, in some cases address, hydration,...
August 17, 2017
UCB, a global pharmaceutical company, is partnering with Belgian American health startup Byteflies to use the startup's wearable sensors to monitor seizures. Byteflies makes a customizable wearable device for the pharma and healthcare industries called Sensor Dot. It's a quarter-sized sensor that can be worn around the wrist or attached anywhere on the body as a patch. It's capable of measuring ...
August 17, 2017
Austin, Texas-based LVL Technologies (formerly known as BSX Athletics) has raised $6.75 million in a self-described Series A round led by the Samsung Catalyst Fund. Maxim Integrated Products also contributed along with other industry investors. This is actually the company's second Series A round; according to a now-deleted blog post on the company's website, it already raised a $2.5 million...
August 16, 2017
Raannana, Israel-based MedAware, which leverages machine learning algorithms to find and eliminate dangerous prescription errors, has raised $8 million. BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), Gefen Capital, OurCrowd and Yingcheng City Fubon Technology Company all participated in the Series A round. In addition to the $8 million in venture funds, MedAware has picked up $4 million in grants from...
August 16, 2017
Phil, a San Francisco-based prescription refill and delivery service, has raised $10 million in a round led by Crosslink Capital. Eniac Ventures, Softtech VC, Forerunner Ventures, SV Angel, Silicon Valley Bank, and Transmedia Capital also contributed to the round. The startup partners with local pharmacies to provide a technology-powered service that delivers customers' prescriptions directly to...
August 15, 2017
Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, a 247-bed medical center, has deployed Vocera’s hospital communications system, which allows doctors and nurses to communicate via secure texting on Vocera’s HIPAA-compliant mobile app. “We wanted a single solution that solved several of our communication needs– not just one or two of them. So, it made sense to look at Vocera,” Dr. John Heaton, SVP and chief...
August 15, 2017
Touchscreen insulin pump maker Tandem Diabetes announced a new clinical trial for an insulin pump with a predictive low glucose suspend (PLGS) algorithm. Another step on the road to an artificial pancreas, PLGS allows Tandem to automatically suspend insulin delivery when it predicts low glucose and resume it when glucose starts to rise again. “The start of this pivotal trial is another important...
August 15, 2017
Alphabet (the Google parent company formerly known as Google) has acquired a small, Seattle-based startup called Senosis Health, according to Geekwire, which broke the story on Sunday. Senosis, which had only recently come out of stealth mode, may not be a company many have heard of, but its founder Shwetak Patel, a professor at the University of Washington and a visiting researcher at Microsoft...
August 14, 2017
Panasonic has launched a new nurse communication system for senior living facilities. The offering combines some of Panasonic's existing communication tools with a new software called Direct Care Connect. The result is that all the alarms in a nursing home or skilled nursing facility are routed through a single hub and intelligently assigned to particular caregivers, who can either be connected...