Jonah Comstock

January 18, 2019
The government shutdown was well underway for the entirety of JP Morgan week in San Francisco last week, but that didn’t stop HHS leaders from dropping by auxiliary events in the Bay Area. National Coordinator Don Rucker delivered the opening address to HIMSS’s own Health 2.0 VentureConnect event, while HHS Chief Data Officer Dr. Mona Siddiqui swung by the StartUp Health Festival for a fireside...
January 18, 2019
While the HIMSS Global Conference is often thought of as a health IT conference for physicians and CIOs, the annual event actually caters to a wide variety of stakeholders in healthcare including entrepreneurs, investors, informaticists, and a wide variety of clinicians and executives. In order to highlight that diversity of attendees and offerings, this year HIMSS is organizing HIMSS Circles, an...

The Misfit Vapor 2, a smartwatch from Fossil Group.

January 17, 2019
Google has agreed to pay $40 million to acquire a still-under-development smartwatch technology from Fossil Group. While the companies have not disclosed much about the technology in question, there is reason to believe it is health or wellness-related.  Greg McKelvey, EVP and chief strategy and digital officer of the Fossil Group, told Wareable that the technology is something that grew out of...
January 15, 2019
You might soon be able to add “preventing death from snake bites” to the list of things the blockchain can do. BTG, a British specialty pharma company, has tapped OMNY to pilot a distributed ledger-based platform to help track the supply of CroFab, the company’s antivenom. “We have the only antivenom for management of all North American pit viper envenomations,” Amanda Goltz, VP of digital at BTG...
January 15, 2019
The state of Georgia has tapped digital health engagement platform Sharecare and retailer Walmart in a new initiative to improve the health of the employees on its State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP). The deal was announced last week. “We put out a press release with the governor of Georgia and the commissioner of health where they said ‘We’ll pay 90 million dollars next year for people who earn...

Dan Kendall interviews Lord Prior of Brampton on stage at the Startup Health Festival last week in San Francisco. Photo by Jonah Comstock.

January 14, 2019
Lord Prior of Brampton, who took over last year as chair of NHS England, has big plans for the organisation he now helps lead — many of which were laid out in the 10-year plan announced last week. Lord Prior was also on hand at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco, stopping by the StartUp Health Festival, where MobiHealthNews caught up with him. Broadly, the organisation is...
January 11, 2019
The Embrace2, a seizure monitoring wearable from Boston and Milan-based Embrace, has received an updated FDA clearance that allows it to be used by children ages six and up — the first such device to receive clearance for pediatric use. "The fact that this is the first clearance of its kind in epilepsy highlights how difficult it is to get robust results with pediatric patients in a clinical...
January 10, 2019
Respiratory health company Propeller Health, which was recently acquired by ResMed for $225 million, announced this week in San Francisco a partnership with Walgreens and a new feature for users of its platform. The new feature, called My Pharmacy, will allow Propeller’s end users, patients with asthma and COPD, to connect to pharmacy services without leaving the Propeller app. At launch, users...
January 9, 2019
Diabetes Digital Media (DDM), the NHS, and Ascensia Diabetes Care have all partnered to bring DDM’s Low Carb program into the NHS. Through the new agreement, the digitally delivered, evidence-based behaviour change platform will become a supported part of the NHS Apps Library. “It’s a clinically-proven program that is now being delivered digitally through an app system.” Ascencia Diabetes Care...
January 8, 2019
Chicago-based SonarMD, which uses digital technologies to help payers improve the health of certain high-volatility patient groups, has raised $10 million in Series A funding. The raise is a joint investment between BCBS Venture Partners and Arboretum Ventures. What they do “What SonarMD does is we are providing care management services for what we call high beta chronic conditions,” CEO Devin...