Jonah Comstock

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...
By Jonah Comstock 02:25 pmSeptember 26, 2019
Connected fitness company Peloton priced its IPO last night, raising $1.16 billion with shares priced at $29 a piece. That price didn't hold for too long, with the company closing its day out at $25.76. According to Bloomberg, this makes Peloton the third-worst US trading debut in 10 years for companies that have raised at least $1 billion prior to their IPO. The dip may partly be tied to Peloton...
By Jonah Comstock 04:49 pmSeptember 24, 2019
Amazon is launching Amazon Care, a virtual primary care offering for its Seattle-based employees. CNBC broke the news after Amazon sent information about the program to its employees and launched a website, amazon.care, laying out the details of the offering. "To help Amazon employees get excellent medical advice and help whenever it’s needed, we’re piloting a new program for employees and their...
By Jonah Comstock 03:46 pmSeptember 20, 2019
Eight new digital companies took the stage at Health 2.0’s Annual Conference in San Francisco Wednesday afternoon to give the first public demos of their products for the show’s annual “Launch!” event. OMNY Health, which aims to disrupt data brokerage and give providers more control over the data they sell, took home the audience vote and the $5,000 grand prize. But all eight companies boasted...

(L to R) Michael Brown, Dan Galles, Stacy Feld, and Indu Subaiya chat on stage at Health 2.0 VentureConnect. (Photo by Jonah Comstock).

By Jonah Comstock 04:14 pmSeptember 16, 2019
In the world of healthcare there are many stakeholders: hospitals and other providers, insurers and other payers, and, of course pharma and medical device companies. But one thing all these stakeholders have in common is that they’re increasingly moonlighting as investors. At the kickoff of Health 2.0’s Venture Connect event today in Santa Clara, California, three of these strategic investors —...