Jonah Comstock

August 14, 2017
The USPTO granted Apple a new patent last week that details ways the iPhone itself could be used as a health sensor to detect "blood pressure index, blood hydration, body fat content, oxygen saturation, pulse rate, perfusion index, electrocardiogram, photoplethysmogram, and/or any other such health data." This data could be gleaned from the front-facing camera, the ambient light sensor, the...
August 11, 2017
As implantable CGM company Senseonics continues to wait for clearance from the FDA, the company isn't sitting on its hands. On a Q2 earnings call, CEO Tim Goodnow reported that the company continues to expand its operations in Europe, is close to a CE Mark for a longer-lasting second generation device, and is partnering with Roche and Type Zero on an artificial pancreas study with an eye on...
August 10, 2017
Connecticut Children's Hospital in Hartford has tapped healthcare payment tech company InstaMed to manage its patient payments, integrating InstaMed's technology with the hospital's Epic EHR.  “Our steadfast focus is to make the patient and family experience at Connecticut Children’s the best one possible, so we need things like the payment process to be seamless and easy for both our staff and...
August 10, 2017
Pulse@MassChallenge, a startup accelerator/contest backed by the city of Boston, the commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership, opened applications for its second class this week. While there are some changes stemming from lessons learned, the organization is mostly considering the more experimental elements of the program a success and continuing them into year...
August 9, 2017
Brisbane, Australia-based digital health company ResApp has been talking up its Smartcough-C study — a multisite, double-blind study of the company’s smartphone-based respiratory analysis software — for a number of months. Conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, and Texas Children’s Hospital, the trial was intended to support ResApp’s FDA submission for a number of...
August 9, 2017
A new survey from the National Business Group on Health says telehealth offerings by employers are becoming nearly universal: Next year, 96 percent of employers plan to offer telemedicine services to employees, up from 90 percent this year. NBGH polled 148 large employers for the survey. NBGH has been doing this study for four years now, and the progression has been steep, with employers...
August 9, 2017
Buoy Health, makers of a machine learning-powered next generation symptom checker, has raised $6.7 million in a round co-led by F Prime (the venture arm of Fidelity) and an undisclosed strategic investor in the payer space. FundRx and various angel investors also contributed. "The unfortunate thing about trying to use Google [for symptoms] is the information you find is the information you find...
August 8, 2017
iRhythm Technologies, maker of the ZIO patch peel-and-stick heart monitor, announced on its second quarter earnings call that it increased its revenue 52 percent year over year (for a total revenue of $23.9 million) and achieved its first cash flow break-even quarter. CEO Kevin King also shared a rough timetable for the company's forthcoming Zio AT product, which received FDA clearance in June....
August 8, 2017
Jonathan Linkous, who has led the American Telemedicine Association as CEO for 24 years, has abruptly stepped down, with the ATA citing "personal reasons" and no statement so far from Linkous himself. “Jon was integral in the formation of the ATA and the telehealth industry,” Dr. Peter Yellowlee, ATA’s current board president, said in a statement. “We thank Jon for his many years of service and...
August 7, 2017
Veritas Genetics,a leader in whole-genome sequencing, has acquired computing and bio-informatics firm Curoverse for an undisclosed amount. Curoverse provides infrastructure for life sciences companies to manage large datasets, including an open source platform called Arvados. The acquisition isn't totally unexpected, since the two companies have a strong existing relationship. Not only were both...