Jonah Comstock

By Jonah Comstock 03:58 pmDecember 6, 2019
After 10 years investing in healthcare for Sequoia Capital, Mike Dixon is moving to Transformation Capital, a dedicated healthcare investor focused on supporting commercialized, growth-sized businesses. Dixon joins former fellow Sequoia investor Todd Cozzens and Jared Kesselheim, all three of whom hold the title of managing partner at the firm. MobiHealthNews caught up with Dixon to talk about...

(L to R) Andrew Hopper, Carson Pickens, Gilad Jacobs, Stacie Ruth, Grace Cordavano, and Kelly McKee discuss Patient Co-Creation last month at the Connected Health Conference in Boston. Photo by Jonah Comstock.

By Jonah Comstock 01:47 pmNovember 27, 2019
Healthcare stakeholders — from providers to payers to pharma and medical device companies — are more and more starting to include patients in the design process for new innovations and initiatives. But while that co-design is a good first step, it’s not enough, experts at the Connected Health Conference in Boston last month argued. “Every health innovator wants to maximize their market success,”...
By Jonah Comstock 09:01 amNovember 14, 2019
As of this morning, iOS users can officially download Apple’s new Research app and sign up for one or more of the three studies the company announced at its WWDC event in September. Inspired by the Apple Heart Study conducted last year in conjunction with Stanford, these three studies, focused respectively on heart health and movement, hearing loss, and women’s health, are being conducted with...
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...