Jonah Comstock

June 5, 2018
Hintsa Performance, a Finnish employee wellness tech company that formed last year when H2 Wellbeing (makers of the HeiaHeia app) merged with Hintsa Performance in 2016, has raised $7.6 million (€6.8 million) in new funding. Life insurance company OP Insurance led the round along with Pontos Group. Previous investor Ilmarinen also participated in the round. Jussi Räisänen, CEO and cofounder of...
June 5, 2018
Apple has followed up on its launch of Apple Health Records at 39 health systems with the announcement today of a Health Records API, which will allow developers to create apps that can, with permission, use data from patients’ electronic health records to help people manage care, medications, nutrition, and more. “Medical information may be the most important personal information to a consumer,...
June 4, 2018
Unlike other years, health wasn't a major focus at this year's WWDC Apple developer conference keynote — the talk didn't feature a single reference to HealthKit, CareKit, or ResearchKit, in fact. Still, there was some health-related content. Apple delivered on some new fitness tracking features on the Apple Watch, and unveiled a suite of tools aimed at improving users' mental health by helping...
June 4, 2018
As of tomorrow, individual genetic risk tests are officially exempt from requiring 510(k) premarket approval, provided the company offering the test has gone through a one-time premarket review of its testing apparatus and at least one test. The notice, which will be officially published tomorrow in the Federal Registry, finalizes a guidance that was originally proposed in November 2017. "Today,...
May 24, 2018
Bruce Greenstein, the chief technology officer at the Department of Health and Human Services for the past year, has stepped down from his post to return to the private sector. He will join LHC Group, a provider of in-home and post-acute care services, as chief innovation and technology officer. "Serving this department has been an honor and privilege for which I am incredibly grateful,"...
May 24, 2018
Correction: A previous version of this story misstated the funding amount. The story has been updated to accurately reflect that Owkin raised $5 million in funding.  New York City-based Owkin, which uses machine learning to enhance biomedical research, has raised $5 million in Series A follow-on funds. GV, the venture arm of Alphabet formerly known as Google Ventures, was the sole investor. After...
May 23, 2018
Amsterdam-based fitness app company Virtuagym has raised $7 million (6 million euros) in its second round of funding. European tech investor Endeit Capital led the round.  "Technology is gaining momentum in the health and fitness industry," Hugo Braam, CEO of Virtuagym, said in a statement. "As a front-runner in the space we've been promoting technology for over a decade now, and it's great to...
May 23, 2018
Home care technology company ClearCare has launched Home Connect API, a new technology that will allow home care agencies to connect directly to health plans and hospitals for referrals, care management, and billing. “Home care, that whole industry has really been largely removed from the rest of the continuum of care,” ClearCare CEO Geoff Nudd told MobiHealthNews. “But that’s changing. With the...
May 23, 2018
Buoy Health, an online platform that uses an AI chatbot as a gateway into healthcare treatment, has teamed up with Circulation, a technology startup that helps connect patients in need of medical transport with rides from Lyft, Uber, and other specialized options like wheelchair vans and non-emergency ambulances. The two Boston-based companies will integrate their platforms with the goal of...
May 22, 2018
FCC commissioners united on telemedicine. In an editorial in the Boston Globe yesterday, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai and former commissioner Newton N. Minow presented a unified front on the importance of rural telemedicine. In the article, Pai and Minow stressed the importance of high-speed internet in rural communities and interstate licensing compacts to make sure communities can fully benefit. "...