Jonah Comstock

November 17, 2017
Earlier this week, Proteus Digital Health and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals announced that Abilify MyCite, a new, sensor-enabled version of Otsuka’s drug for schizophrenia, had received FDA approval for mental health conditions including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The Proteus digital medicine platform is a medication management and adherence system that includes sensor-enabled pills, a peel-and...
November 16, 2017
Forward, a membership-based healthcare startup founded by former Googler Adrian Aoun, is opening its second location only about a year after it began seeing patients in San Francisco. The practice will head next to Los Angeles. "Now we’re saying, we’re going to go ahead and roll this out to the world and not just do our little test bed here," Aoun told MobiHealthNews. "And as we’re doing that,...
November 16, 2017
Medical device software company Voluntis has received an updated FDA clearance (as well as an updated CE mark) for its Insulia app, a "digital companion" app for people with Type 2 diabetes. Insulia offers realtime basal insulin dose coaching, and the new clearance makes the app usable with two additional brands of insulin: Basaglar and Tresiba. The app had already worked for users of Lantus,...
November 15, 2017
Pacifica Labs has added a therapist directory feature to its mental health app, further connecting the app to the provider dashboard the company launched in February. "A lot of times what may happen for an individual as they start using Pacifica is they’ll realize that this is something that’s affecting them a lot more deeply than they thought," CEO Dale Beerman told MobiHealthNews. "And then how...
November 13, 2017
A number of digital health devices have recieved FDA 510(k) clearance in the last month, including a number of apps and devices in the cardiac health space. Some clearances are updates to companies that have one or more existing clearances, while some are newly cleared devices. Read on for a roundup of connected ECG sensors, medical device companion apps, and wearable patches. 1. St. Jude Medical...
November 10, 2017
San Francisco-based Welkin Health, which which specializes in patient relationship management through messaging services and workflow organization, has raised $8 million in a new round led by Thrive Capital. This brings Welkin’s total funding to $12 million. “We’re extremely proud of the team we’ve built at Welkin,” Chase Hensel, Welkin’s CEO and cofounder, said in a statement. “We started this...
November 10, 2017
Hal Wolf, the new CEO of HIMSS, thinks adding a three letter word to his organization’s mission statement will go a long way toward positioning HIMSS for the future. Instead of the old tagline “transforming health through information technology”, Wolf wants it to read “transforming health through information and technology”. “My experience is there’s nothing that’s actually a technology project...
November 10, 2017
VisitPay, a Boise, Idaho-based healthcare payments startup, has raised $15 million in a round led by Norwest Venture Partners. Ascension Health, which invests on behalf of a number of health systems, contributed to the round as well. VisitPay also rebranded (it was formerly known as iVinci Healthcare) and announced a new customer, Intermountain Healthcare.  “Our cloud-based technology is in...
November 9, 2017
Rightway Healthcare, which provides patient-facing care navigation tools to employee populations, has raised $2 million in seed funding. The round was made up by individual investors. The company works with both self-insured and fully-insured employers to help employees understand and utilize the health benefits available to them, through what CEO and Cofounder Jordan Feldman describes as an “...
November 9, 2017
Natural Cycles, the first app to be CE-certified as a contraceptive in Europe, raised $30 million in a round led by EQT Ventures. Existing investors Sunstone, E-ventures, and Bonnier Growth Media also participated, bringing the company’s total funding to around $38 million. “Our algorithm is developed and optimized for use in contraception and it returns a red or a green day to the user, so the...