Jonah Comstock

July 25, 2018
Correction: Thanks to an eagle-eyed reader, this story has been updated to remove the claim that Dip.io is the first FDA-cleared smartphone urine test. We've reached out to Healthy.io for comment on this development and we'll update when we hear more. Tel-Aviv, Israel-based Healthy.io has secured FDA 510(k) clearance for Dip.io, a home-based urinalysis kit that turns a smartphone into a clinical-...
July 25, 2018
Aaptiv, a fast-growing New York-based digital fitness content-maker, has added a follow-on investment from Bose Ventures, the investment arm of technology company Bose Corporation, to its recent $22 million Series C round, bringing the total up to $23 million. “Closing our Series C was a significant milestone for Aaptiv. We are honored to now be supported by Bose, a global leader and innovator in...
July 23, 2018
The United States Patent Office has published a patent from Apple, filed December 18 of last year and not yet granted, for a "sunscreen detector" that could be incroporated into the Apple Watch or the iPhone and could even include augmented reality functionality. "Disclosed herein is a [ultraviolet-ifrared (UV-IR)] spectrometer for mobile and/or wearable devices," Patent Application 0202927,...
July 23, 2018
Plano, Texas-based MediLynx, the US subsidiary of Poland's Medicalgorithmics, has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its PocketECG CRS Mobile Cardiac Rehabilitation System. The product is a new application of the company's existing (and previously FDA-cleared) PocketECG technology, which can monitor cardiac patients for arrhythmias remotely for up to 30 days. The device captures the full ECG...
a mobile app for digital dermatology
July 20, 2018
Alexander Börve’s company FirstDerm offers online consultations with board-certified dermatologists and a free product that uses AI to give users ideas about what their skin condition might be. But Börve’s background isn’t in dermatology. In fact he’s an orthopedic surgeon by training. He had the idea to build his app because he realized how pervasive the need is for dermatological consultation...
July 18, 2018
Venture capitalists invested a total of $2.4 billion in digital health in the second quarter of 2018, according to a new report from Mercom Capital Group. Mercom tracked 196 deals, an increase in deal count but decrease in funding from the first quarter's $2.5 billion across 187 deals. Comparing the year over year, the funding is a slight growth from $2.3 billion and 194 deals in Q2 2017. Funding...
July 17, 2018
• Provider-focused telemedicine vendor SnapMD’s Virtual Care Management system will be used to teach students at the University of San Diego (USD) Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science about telehealth. In a class called “Telehealth and Emerging Technology”, students will learn the ins and outs of virtual visits. “Telehealth is an emerging area of healthcare that is shown to not only expand...
July 17, 2018
As Johnson & Johnson continues to move out of the diabetes business, the company has sold its Calibra product (marketed as OneTouch Via, but never launched) to CeQur, a 10-year-old company working on a similar insulin-delivery wearable. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but CeQur has acquired an exclusive worldwide license for the technology. “They’re divesting out of the diabetes market...
Telemedicine laws in the U.S.

Credit: Maine Health

July 16, 2018
Last week’s announcement of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ new fee schedule could mean a big increase in the amount of care given via telemedicine that’s reimbursed by Medicare. But for its state-funded cousin Medicaid, the availability of telemedicine services varies greatly based on where you are. A new survey out last week from Manatt Health looks at Medicaid fee-for-service...
July 12, 2018
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its new proposed Physician Fee Schedule and Qualified Payment Program updates for 2019, and the announcement includes some big strides forward in promoting digital health technology, including widened telemedicine coverage, an overhaul of documentation requirements, and a new focus on interoperability. "Today is a huge win for patients and...