Jonah Comstock

April 22, 2013
Cambridge, MA-based health sensor developers MC10 announced an additional $8 million in its third-round funding, led by two new undisclosed strategic investors. The new investment brings the round total to $18 million and the company's total funding to $40.7 million, including investors like Aberdare Ventures, North Bridge Venture Partners, and Windham Venture Partners. When the company raised...
April 19, 2013
The Department of Health and Human Services has formed a new workgroup, charged with "identifying key considerations to improve patient safety and promote innovation in health information technology (Health IT), including mobile medical applications." The group has been selected by HHS and the FCC and will report to the Health IT Policy Committee which advises the ONC. This is the same workgroup...
April 18, 2013
Manhattan Research shared a few more numbers from its annual "Taking the Pulse" online research survey of 2,950 physicians in a webinar this week. The numbers showed that smartphone, desktop and laptop use has leveled out among physicians while tablet adoption has risen to 72 percent, up from 62 percent last year. The 62 percent number was a surprise for Manhattan last year, more than doubling...
April 18, 2013
Left to right: Michael Weintraub, Giovanni Colello, Josh Stein, Nina Nashif, and Juan Enriquez. The TEDMED organizers tried something new this year: they dedicated Thursday morning to some unscripted meetings of the minds about innovation in healthcare. The first discussion (which TEDMED maintained was not a panel) centered on the topic "From Start to Scale to Exit, the Trajectory of Innovation...
April 18, 2013
This image from TEDMED shows a closeup on an MIT student wearing an eyeMITRA prototype. The MIT Media Lab's Camera Culture Group, led by Dr. Ramesh Raskar, has innovated the smartphone eye diagnostic space before. Their NETRA software for smartphone-enabled eye exams spun off into EyeNetra, which raised $1 million in first round funding last year. Prior to that, they developed CATRA, a cheap...
April 17, 2013
The most important thing about a thermometer isn't that it takes your temperature. What's important about a thermometer, according to Kinsa Health founder Inder Singh, is that it's already the go-to device for home diagnosis of illness. "The thermometer is the single most important device," Singh told MobiHealthNews, "the first device any parent or doctor uses to confirm illness." The product...
April 17, 2013
StartUp Health has announced a new partnership with AARP as part of AARP's Innovation@50+ program which began at the end of 2011. AARP will sponsor a new track of StartUp Health research focused on digital health products and services for people 50 and older, as well as master classes for StartUp companies. AARP will sponsor StartUp Health's quarterly reports. StartUp Health spokesperson Nicole...
April 17, 2013
PatientsLikeMe Vice President for Advocacy Sally Okun spoke at TEDMED about the idea of building a "patient lexicon" to make it as easy for patients to talk about their conditions and compare notes as it is for doctors. "As a pallative care nurse, much of my time was spent in the homes of patients. Sometimes it simply was about giving them the opportunity to say to me 'Is this normal?' 'Do other...
April 17, 2013
Deborah Estrin One of the themes of this year's TEDMED conference was data liberation, kicked off by two speakers: Deborah Estrin, a computer scientist at Cornell Tech and Amy Abernethy, a cancer researcher at Duke Clinical Research Center. Estrin and Abernethy each talked about a rich source of data that could revolutionize healthcare, but isn't currently being tapped; Estrin talked about the "...
April 17, 2013
As healthcare accelerators and incubators continue to grow and spread, they're also evolving as the unique needs of healthcare startups become apparent. For many incubators, that means a stronger focus on providing ongoing working relationships with established industry partners like payers, providers, and pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Healthbox's Nina Nashif stressed the...