Jonah Comstock

By Jonah Comstock 04:10 pmNovember 7, 2019
In its second earnings call as a public company, Livongo was able to report strong financial and operational numbers and raise its revenue guidance for the year from $7 million to $9.5 million. CEO Zane Burke also shared that the company's diversification beyond diabetes is making progress: more than 20% of the company's estimated value from new partnerships is from non-diabetes business. TOPLINE...
By Jonah Comstock 09:22 amNovember 6, 2019
Ten months after announcing plans, and just shy of a year after those plans originally leaked, Apple and the Department of Veterans Affairs have completed the rollout of Apple Health Records to any iOS users among the more than 9 million veterans in the US and surrounding territories. “We have delivered veterans an innovative new way to easily and securely access their health information,” VA...
By Jonah Comstock 02:49 pmOctober 24, 2019
Amazon has quietly made another digital health acquisition, buying digital health startup Health Navigator for an undisclosed amount. CNBC first reported the news. Founded in 2014, La Grange, Illinois-based Health Navigator offers digital health clinical content in the form of APIs that can be used by EHRs, telemedicine providers, health chatbots and medical call centers.  Amazon will reportedly...
By Jonah Comstock 04:29 pmOctober 23, 2019
A successful startup-hospital partnership requires a lot of elements to work. On the startup side, a company has to be willing to listen to a health system’s problems and craft their offering to really address them. On the hospital side, enthusiastic executive buy-in and a strong champion are musts. For Northern California’s Sutter Health and triage chatbot startup Ada Health, all these pieces...

Dr. Judson Brewer (left) and Dr. Kyra Bobinet (right) each gave a keynote presentation at the World Trade Center in Boston this morning (Photos by Donis Perkins).

By Jonah Comstock 11:41 amOctober 18, 2019
Many a digital health intervention has been stymied by the same problem, one that’s familiar to anyone who’s ever tried to quit smoking or lose weight by changing their diet: the extreme difficulty of behavior change. On the final morning of the Connected Health Conference in Boston today, two experts presented their science-based solutions to the problem of behavior change. These solutions orbit...
By Jonah Comstock 12:27 pmOctober 15, 2019
At its Made By Google unveiling event in New York City today, Google announced that its Pixel 4 phone will be the first mobile phone with a radar sensor. It's the first public rollout of the company’s Project Soli, an experimental, radar-based gesture tracker co-developed with Infineon. When VP of Product Management Sabrina Ellis announced the Pixel 4’s motion-sensing feature, she showed off...
By Jonah Comstock 03:22 pmOctober 14, 2019
Atlanta-based Florence Healthcare, a maker of software for clinical trials, has raised $7.1 million in a Series B funding round led by Fulcrum Equity Partners, with additional participation from Atrium Health and Bee Partners. The round brings the company's total funding to at least $8.8 million, with a $1.7 million seed round from 2016. WHAT THEY DO Not to be confused with the UK social care...
By Jonah Comstock 02:44 pmOctober 11, 2019
Partners Health VP of Connected Health Dr. Joseph Kvedar has been giving the keynote for 16 years at the Connected Health Conference in Boston and the Partners Connected Health Symposium, one of CHC’s predecessor events. Each year, the show has focused on up-and-coming technology trends in the world of connected health. “People tell me that — and have told me year after year for almost as long as...
By Jonah Comstock 03:57 pmOctober 10, 2019
It may have been easy to miss, given the excitement of the quarter’s IPOs, but the third quarter of 2019 was actually a light one for digital health mergers and acquisitions, with just 10 deals — compared to 17 in Q1 and 12 in Q2. As usual, we’ve ordered acquisitions by price first, then chronologically for the unknown terms — which is most of them. It’s worth noting that the quarter also saw...
By Jonah Comstock 12:56 pmOctober 9, 2019
Houston, Texas-based BrainCheck has raised an $8 million Series A round for its enterprise software offering that digitizes traditional brain health tests. S3 Ventures and Tensility Venture Partners led the round, with additional participation from True Wealth Ventures and Nueterra Capital. Founded in 2014, the company previously raised $3 million in 2016 and $1.5 million in 2017, but that $1.5...