Jonah Comstock

By  Jonah Comstock 02:49 pm June 7, 2021
In today's two-hour keynote at WWDC, Apple’s annual developer conference, the company once again announced a number of updates to health and wellness features of both the iPhone and Apple Watch. In the newest iPhone operating system, Apple is adding real-time assessment of walking stability and fall risk, additional context for lab test results, new tools for tracking health trends for...
A Crossover Health location (photo courtesy Crossover Health)
By  Jonah Comstock 02:46 pm April 14, 2021
Next-gen care provider Crossover Health has quietly shuttered Sherpaa, the virtual primary care company it acquired in 2019. Sherpaa founder Jay Parkinson broke the news in a farewell blog post, in which he also revealed he has parted ways with Crossover after two years there. Sherpaa, a longtime digital health stalwart founded by Parkinson in 2012, is no more as of December 2020, following a six...
Podcast guest Varsha Rao, CEO of NurX
By  Jonah Comstock 01:19 pm March 12, 2021
NurX CEO Varsha Rao joins host Jonah Comstock and MobiHealthNews Managing Editor Laura Lovett to discuss her telehealth company's journey from a laser focus on contraception to a broader play for women's (and men's) health that includes dermatology and migraines. Along the way, we also discuss broader trends in telehealth, the challenges of femtech and NurX's foray into COVID-19 testing.  Like...
Screenshots from Apple's hearing study app
By  Jonah Comstock 01:53 pm March 3, 2021
In honor of World Hearing Day today, Apple and the University of Michigan (along with the World Health Organization) have released preliminary data from the Apple Hearing Study announced back in September 2019. "WHO estimates that there's about 450 million people around the world that have a hearing loss. That's a tremendous public health burden – there's not many other conditions that even...
Dr. Garth Graham at an event in 2016. Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Harlem EatUp!
By  Jonah Comstock 03:38 pm January 19, 2021
Last week, YouTube announced a new team that will push for more high-quality, credible medical content on its platform, including content aimed at laypeople as well as physicians. The team will be led by Dr. Garth Graham, former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health, in the position of director and global head of healthcare and public health partnerships. A cardiologist by training, Graham...
The current version of PEAR-004, the company's digital therapeutic for schizophrenia
By  Jonah Comstock 01:59 pm January 13, 2021
Novartis has published results from a clinical trial of Pear Therapeutics' new digital therapeutic for schizophrenia, and the results don't paint a rosy picture. The single-blinded 112-person trial found no difference between the Pear app and a placebo app in any outcome measure, including the primary outcome measure of reducing schizophrenia symptoms. However, the trial did further establish the...
A handshake represents M&A deals in the digital health space.
By  Jonah Comstock 02:20 pm December 30, 2020
Back in July, we theorized that 2020 could end up being a record-setting year for digital health M&A, and that’s turned out to be the case. With 35 deals in the first half of the year, nine in the third quarter, and 20 more in Q4, MobiHealthNews and its sister publications tracked a staggering 64 deals this year. That count, by the way, excludes “blank check” or Special Purpose Acquisition...
Person works out on a cycling machine
By  Jonah Comstock 03:05 pm December 22, 2020
Connected fitness company Peloton, a unicorn famous for its connected-bicycle offering and virtual fitness classes, has acquired Precor, a major manufacturer of commercial fitness equipment, for $420 million. The acquisition is expected to close in early 2021. WHAT'S THE IMPACT? The acquisition will allow Peloton to bring much of its manufacturing in house and have more control over the supply...
Dr. Sumbul Desai, Apple's VP of Health, presents the new Apple Watch blood oxygenation sensor at an event in September.
By  Jonah Comstock 10:32 am October 30, 2020
When Apple announced its Series 6 Watch wearable last month, with new features, including VO2 Max and blood oxygenation sensors, the tech giant also announced three new clinical studies that would use the device. We expounded on one, an asthma study, in collaboration with Anthem, last month. But the other two, focused on heart failure and respiratory conditions like flu, respectively, have not...