Jonah Comstock

March 1, 2018
PlushCare, a direct-to-consumer telemedicine service that originally focused on acute and urgent care, has partnered with Thermo Fisher Scientific to add allergy testing to its offerings. PlushCare users will have access to Thermo Fisher's ImmunoCAP Specific IgE blood test, which can detect a number of allergies without needing to subject a patient to the traditional skin prick test. "It’s a...
March 1, 2018
Pear Therapeutics has inked a deal with pharma company Novartis to work together on the development of two digital therapeutics for multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia. It’s the first time a pharma company has made a development deal with a digital therapeutic, according to Pear. “We have been in discussions for many months now with the [Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research] group at...
March 1, 2018
At HIMSS18, Philips plans to announce several new additions to its line of connected care products. A new management system called FocusPoint will help give hospitals more visibility into the performance of their patient monitoring technology.  Philips also plans to introduce the next generation of its HealthSuite collection of digital health tools, which will include analytics and artificial...
March 1, 2018
It’s hard to be a printer and typewriter company in 2018. But IBM spinoff Lexmark has found that many areas — including healthcare — still have a need for its services. “As much as we want to go paperless, there are organizations and processes that unfortunately are still rooted in paper,” Marty DeGraff, Lexmark’s industry director for government, education, and healthcare. “Which is good for us...
February 28, 2018
On Apple’s most recent earnings call, CEO Tim Cook didn’t talk much about the company’s various healthcare overtures. But he did make a passing mention of the company’s working with LensCrafters, a division of Luxottica that sells eyeglasses — and eye doctor visits. “LensCrafters, one of the largest optical retail brands in North America, will be using over 7,000 iPad Pros to enable digital eye...
February 28, 2018
Berkeley, California-based smart stethoscope company Eko Devices has raised $5 million in new funding. Artis Ventures led the round, with additional participation from Strategic Partners, Dreamlt Ventures, 1812 Ventures, and Founder.org. This brings the company's funding up to $7.8 million — it last raised money in 2015. Eko Devices received FDA clearance last year for Duo, a smart heart monitor...
February 27, 2018
The Personal Connected Health Alliance’s Digital Health Pavilion at HIMSS18 will once again feature “The Connected Health Experience,” a series of presentations and demonstrations of the latest connected health innovations. But this year the range of subjects will be even wider. “There’s some similarities and some differences from last year,” said John Sharp, senior manager at PCHA. “As before,...
February 27, 2018
St. Petersburg, Florida-based TAO Connect is making its digital self-help and therapy tool direct to consumers for the first time, after previously offering it via schools, community health centers, and employee assistance plans. The company will offer a monthly subscription to its mobile app, which contains interactive educational content around stress, anxiety, resilience training, alcohol and...
February 26, 2018
Nomad Health, a New York company that makes a platform for job-seekers and employers in the healthcare space, has raised $12 million in a new funding round led by Polaris Partners. Existing investors First Round Capital, RRE Ventures, and .406 Ventures also participated. “We’re building a marketplace for healthcare jobs,” CEO Dr. Alexi Nazem told MobiHealthNews. “We started out with just...
February 26, 2018
Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Zipnosis is bucking traditional telemedicine wisdom in two ways. One, the company has always worked to deliver telemedicine services to patients by working with their existing provider. Two, they are moving away from video visit as the default for telemedicine. “I always looked at phone and video as more of an analog model,” said Jon Pearce, CEO of Zipnosis. “I said...