Jonah Comstock

August 2, 2017
Fruit Street Health, a digital health and telemedicine company currently focused on delivering a digital diabetes prevention program, has raised $3 million in new funding from physician investors. Dr. Jeremy Tucker, a senior emergency medicine physician on the board of directors of Fruit Street, led the round, which brings the company's total funding to $8.4 million. Raising money from physicians...
August 1, 2017
XLerate Health, a ​Louisville, Kentucky-based healthcare startup accelerator, announced its fifth class of health startups today. Eight startups will go through the company's 12-week course, which includes office space and mentorship in exchange for a 2 percent equity stake in the company. In previous years, XLerate offered companies an optional $20,000 stipend in exchange for upping the equity...
July 31, 2017
Over the last month, several digital health companies have wound their way through the FDA clearance process. Although the details on some of these clearances are still emerging, the following is a snapshot of some of what the agency has been up to. Dictum Health's telemedicine platform Dictum Health, which makes an end-to-end telehealth platform, receieved clearance to add spirometry to the...
July 27, 2017
Sempre Health, a San Francisco-based company that uses monetary incentives to encourage timely prescription refills, officially launched last week with $2.5 million in funding from Social Capital Partnership, quietly raised last year. Using SMS, Sempre works with pharmacy benefit managers to inform patients about discounts on their prescriptions — and then those discounts change to incentivize...
July 27, 2017
The FDA is moving forward surprisingly quickly with its plan to create a pre-certification program for digital health app developers, originally announced in a blog post by new FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb last month. Now the agency has opened up applications for a nine-company pilot program to develop the program. The basic goal of the Pre-Cert program, which sets it apart from previous...
July 26, 2017
This quarter, news about payers was dominated by two kinds of stories: high-profile digital health partnerships for health plans and legislative efforts on the government payer side. Read on for our roundup of payer news from Q2 2017. Large health insurer news On the digital health side, we didn't hear quite as much from health insurers this quarter as we normally do, but there were some...
July 26, 2017
HIMSS has named Harold “Hal” Wolf III to be its new president and chief executive officer, following an extensive search process, the association announced Wednesday. He will succeed H. Stephen Lieber, who is stepping down as HIMSS CEO after more than 17 years. Wolf has more than three decades of experience working in healthcare and technology, with deep expertise in integrated care models,...
July 25, 2017
Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will work with digital health startup The Right Place to help connect its post-discharge patients to the best skilled nursing facilities for them. "Our goal is to help hospitals like BIDMC reduce the administrative burden of matching patients to the right place of care," Katherine Chambers, cofounder and CEO of The Right Place, said in a statement. "...
July 25, 2017
Senseonics and TypeZero's R&D partnership around the artificial pancreas is leveling up. The two organizations announced today that they would team up with pharmaceutical and medical device company Roche to launch three European clinical trials of their combined closed-loop system. The research is backed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through its International Diabetes Closed Loop...
July 24, 2017
Figure 1, the Instagram-like social network for doctors to share medical images, and CrowdMed, a platform for crowdsourcing medical mysteries, have been compared to each other since they were both founded in 2012. But now the creators of the two platforms have decided the time is right to collaborate. CrowdMed launched a Figure 1 account recently with the dual goals of enticing some of the...