Jonah Comstock

February 28, 2019
Toronto-based CardioComm, a longtime player in the handheld personal ECG space will finally make data available on consumers' smartphones with a new 510(k) clearance for its GEMS Mobile smartphone app, which works on both iOS and Android devices. The company also received clearance for a new ECG device called HeartCheck CardiBeat.  Notably, these are over the counter clearances, allowing the app...
February 27, 2019
Guidewell Connect, a consumer engagement company that shares a parent company (Guidewell) with health insurer Florida Blue, has acquired Onlife Health, a health and wellness technology platform, from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee and Cambia Health Solutions. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Onlife offers member engagement services that include wellness and chronic condition...

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February 27, 2019
Researchers who use Fitabase to capture data from Fitbit and Garmin devices will soon be able to capture a new kind of data: continuous glucose monitoring data from Dexcom products. The ability to capture glucose values, as well as calibrations, syncs, and alerts, from Dexcom CGMs will allow researchers to study the interplay between blood glucose and the activity, heart rate, and sleep — the...
February 26, 2019
CareLinx, a digital health company focused on in-home care, has acquired Optimal Aging, a fledgling startup still being incubated at Providence St. Joseph Health. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. What’s the impact Optimal Aging is a program that coordinates non-clinical services like home care, transportation and meal support for accountable care organizations and Medicare Advantage...
February 26, 2019
Apple is testing sleep tracking functionality for the Apple Watch and, if all goes well, intends to add it to the wearable by 2020, according to a report from Bloomberg. Citing anonymous sources, Bloomberg reports that Apple has been testing the feature at secret sites near Cupertino for several months.  Apple hasn't responded to requests for comment on this matter, but when MobiHealthNews spoke...
February 26, 2019
Crossover Health, which provides medical services to large employers, Apple and Facebook among them, has acquired Sherpaa, an asynchronous telehealth company that has also mostly focused on serving employer populations. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Sherpaa founder Dr. Jay Parkinson and his team will all become part of Crossover Health. “Our physicians work in designated care...

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February 25, 2019
With the addition of FDA clearances for the ECG sensor and irregular heart rate algorithm, the Apple Watch is now technically a medical device. But it is still primarily a consumer product, and its fitness features may still have the greatest impact on people’s health, according to a panel of health professionals — three doctors and celebrity trainer Jeanette Jenkins — who spoke at a recent event...
February 22, 2019
It’s fair to say that Apple isn’t just dipping its toe into healthcare anymore. This past year the company announced its first two FDA clearances including a De Novo clearance for a built-in Apple Watch ECG feature that went live in December. It also announced numerous hospital partners for Apple’s Health Records initiative, including, most recently, the Department of Veterans Affairs. And in...
February 20, 2019
Patient feedback processing company Narrative Dx has raised a strategic funding round led by Christiana Care Health System, Summation Health Ventures (founded by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and MemorialCare Health System) and The Texas Medical Center, with additional participation from existing investors HealthX Ventures and Cultivation Capital. The company didn’t disclose the amount of the...
Novo Nordisk insulin pens
February 20, 2019
Novo Nordisk’s connected insulin pens will integrate with the Abbott Freestyle Libre system, allowing Freestyle Libre users to see data about their insulin alongside their glucose readings, the companies announced this morning. "Lack of reliable information is a cause of huge frustration for many people with diabetes and their doctors," Anders Dyhr Toft, CVP of commercial innovation at Novo...