Jonah Comstock

April 16, 2019
Digital physical therapy company Sword Health has raised $8 million in a Series A funding round led by Khosla Ventures, with additional participation from unnamed angel investors. The round brings Sword Health's total funding to more than $15 million, according to the company, including a $4.6 million seed round in April of last year. Founded in Portugal, the company now has offices in New York...
April 12, 2019
Philips Global Innovation Leader Kirk Elder doesn’t like to wear watches. “If you were to approach me with a digital health experience or a chronic care program that requires a watch, I probably wouldn’t be very compliant in that program,” Elder said at an event in Tel Aviv earlier this month. “It’s just a quirk. And I admit it’s weird, but all of us have quirks. And the story here is that...

Sam Shah speaks on stage at MEDinIsrael in Tel Aviv earlier this month. Photo by Roy Habani.

April 11, 2019
The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) has set its sights on digital innovation, announcing a digital-focused long-term plan in January of this year as well as rolling out a nationwide app. But that doesn’t mean innovation in the NHS is easy. At MEDinIsrael in Tel Aviv earlier this month, NHS Director of Digital Development Sam Shah laid out several barriers to innovation the system faces. “Our...
April 9, 2019
Smart glasses company Vuzix and telemedicine technology supplier VSee have teamed up to create a smart glasses offering for telemedicine, the two companies announced today ahead of the American Telemedicine Association conference. The product will be a HIPAA-compliant software offering for Vuzix's M300XL and Vuzix Blade Smart Glasses, with potential applications for first responders, telesurgery ...
April 9, 2019
A recent report from Morgan Stanley estimates that Apple’s market opportunity in healthcare could be as high as $313 billion in 2027 — or as low as $15 billion. The 50-page report, aimed at investors, makes the case for the various ways in which Apple could become an even more serious player in the healthcare sector, in light of trends like value-based care and the consumerization of healthcare...
April 8, 2019
Connected fitness company Tonal has raised $45 million in Series C funding, bringing the company’s total funding to $90 million. The Growth Fund of L Catterton led the round. Additional investors included Evolution Media, Shasta Ventures, Mayfield, and Sapphire Ventures, as well as tennis star Serena Williams’ new venture fund Serena Ventures. WHAT THEY DO Tonal offers a special connected...
April 8, 2019
The US Patent and Trademark Office has published two new related patents from Apple that suggest the company might be working on chemical smell sensors, which could have a variety of uses within healthcare. One patent even suggests that by analyzing sweat particles in the air the sensor could deduce blood sugar levels. The patent applications were submitted in late 2018 but were just published on...
April 5, 2019
The first quarter of 2019 started off strong with 17 digital health mergers and acquisitions, including five over the course of two days at the end of February. The quarter's acquisitions included moves by ClassPass and Teladoc to bolster emerging international businesses with the acquisitions of GuavaPass and Médecin Direct, respectively, as well as a number of consolidation deals in niche...

The Sheba Medical Center campus. (Photo courtesy Sheba Medical Center)

April 4, 2019
Hospitals all over the world hope that investment in innovation will ultimately lead to cost savings. But for Israel’s hospitals, that can't be an abstract hope, two hospital leaders told MobiHealthNews on a recent visit to the country. Instead, self-sustaining innovation is a concrete and immediate need for the hospitals’ bottom lines. “Budget-wise, we have half a billion dollars per year,” Dr....
April 3, 2019
The first quarter of 2019 is behind us and both Rock Health and Startup Health have released their funding report for the quarter. Both agree that funding for Q1 2019 is down relative to other recent years. But both see other reasons to be optimistic about digital health investment. Rock Health tracked $986 million of investment across 61 digital health deals in the US, which is lower than both...