Jonah Comstock

By Jonah Comstock 11:48 amJanuary 17, 2020
As 2020 gets underway, the federal government has set its sights on bringing innovation to an area of health that affects one in seven Americans and costs the government more than NASA and the Department of Commerce combined, yet hasn’t seen major innovation since the 1970s. That area is kidney disease. Both HHS Chief Technology Officer Ed Simcox and HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan addressed the...
By Jonah Comstock 02:58 pmJanuary 14, 2020
Embodied Labs, a young company using virtual reality to provide immersive training for caregivers, has raised $3.2 million in seed funding, the company announced yesterday at the Health 2.0 VentureConnect event on the sidelines of the JP Morgan healthcare conference in San Francisco. “The round is very exciting because we triangulated experts in healthcare and aging care with [experts in]...
By Jonah Comstock 09:51 amJanuary 2, 2020
Healthcare is full of tensions. For security professionals at innovative health systems, one tension that can be hard to navigate is the pull between innovation and caution, a topic several experts discussed last month at the Healthcare Security Forum in Boston. “The job of the CISO is to say no, to look at risk,” John Halamka, president of the Mayo Clinic Platform, said at the event. “I had a...
By Jonah Comstock 11:28 amDecember 23, 2019
MobiHealthNews reported on 53 new acquisitions over the course of 2019. That doesn’t mean all of these deals closed this year: several of these deals were announced late in the year and won’t close until next year, while others may have closed in previous years but weren’t made public until 2019. And of course, definitions of digital health vary, and not every one of these deals will fit everyone...
By Jonah Comstock 11:33 amDecember 17, 2019
Dublin-based medical technology company Medtronic has acquired digital health startup Klue, a two-year-old startup which uses gesture sensing and other behavioral health metrics to determine when someone is eating. Nothing was disclosed about the terms of the deal, except that Medtronic considers it to be immaterial to 2020 earnings per share. "Bringing Klue and their unique meal detection...
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...