Jonah Comstock

By Jonah Comstock 02:20 pm September 16, 2020
While Apple’s big announcement yesterday was around a new blood oxygenation sensor, the company also rolled out a new video fitness class offering which could turn out to be even more impactful for the company. WHAT HAPPENED? Apple Fitness+, a diverse subscription platform of fitness videos designed to be used in conjunction with an Apple Watch and its activity-tracking functions, brings Apple...
By Jonah Comstock 03:04 pm September 15, 2020
Apple announced today at a virtual event that its upcoming Series 6 Apple Watch will include a blood oxygenation sensor, a first for the Apple Watch (but not for the wearable space). As it did with the ECG, Apple is launching a set of partnered research studies using the new capabilities of the Watch. Additionally, WatchOS7 will use existing sensors to measure a lower range of VO2 Max values....
By Jonah Comstock 10:54 am September 10, 2020
While some of the more obvious barriers to digital therapeutics adoption in Europe have come crashing down recently, adoption is still hampered by cultural momentum. That was the conclusion of a group of digital therapeutics stakeholders who presented at HIMSS & Health 2.0 Europe Digital Event today, in a session moderated by YourCoach Health chairman and COO Eugene Borukhovich. “Once a...
By Jonah Comstock 10:07 am August 20, 2020
Update: This story has been updated with additional information from Carré Technologies. OMSignal, a Canadian digital health startup that helped to pioneer the smart clothing space, is out of business as of February 2019, MobiHealthNews has learned. The company declared bankruptcy and sold some of its patents to Honeywell Safety Products.  According to a notice published by PricewaterhouseCoopers...
By Jonah Comstock 03:02 pm August 18, 2020
Sam Glassenberg, CEO of Level Ex, dodged the family business of medicine and went into video game design. But his path led him right back to the world of medicine “All of this came to a head in 2012 when my father, who is an anesthesiologist, finally gave up and said ‘All right Sam, you’re not going to medical school. It’s too late. So at least put this game silliness to good use and make me a...
By Jonah Comstock 03:03 pm August 17, 2020
The current moment of health innovation and investment spurred by the COVID-19 crisis seems to be accelerating, if not driving, the consolidation of the digital health space. While Teladoc and Livongo loom as the most striking recent example, Omada’s purchase of Physera in May was also bolstered by the pandemic and its follow-on effects, CEO Sean Duffy told MobiHealthNews in a recent interview....
By Jonah Comstock 03:20 pm July 31, 2020
SOC Telemed, formerly Specialists on Call, will join the Nasdaq stock exchange by merging with Healthcare Merger Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company. Sometimes referred to as a "blank check" acquisition, merging with a special purpose acquisition company is an alternate way for a company to go public. The combined company will operate under the name SOC Telemed and will be listed...
By Jonah Comstock 11:46 am July 10, 2020
Economic downturns and catastrophic events can often prompt market consolidation, so perhaps it's no great surprise that the first half of 2020 has been unusually active when it comes to mergers and acquisitions, especially in the second quarter. MobiHealthNews tracked 23 confirmed acquisitions in Q2, plus one credibly reported one, and another 11 in Q1, for 35 so far this year – six up from last...
By Jonah Comstock 12:14 pm July 2, 2020
When Apple vice president of technology Kevin Lynch announced at WWDC last week that Apple Watch would add an automatic handwashing-detection feature in its next update, many people naturally assumed the feature was prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic – a public health emergency that has strongly underscored the importance of handwashing. Not so, Lynch told MobiHealthNews in a recent interview. The...
By Jonah Comstock 02:31 pm June 24, 2020
COVID-19 has rapidly changed the world for nearly everyone, especially for those working in and around the healthcare space. Digital health entrepreneurs are no exception. As the markets they serve, the investors who fund them and the patients they’re trying to help all grapple with how the pandemic has changed their world, many startups are finding they have to pivot in order to survive. “It’s...