Jonah Comstock

By Jonah Comstock 09:23 amJanuary 22, 2013
Healthbox CEO Nina Nashif speaks at the Innovation Day in London. Just a year after launching its first class in Chicago, Healthbox held a demo day in London to showcase its first European class. The seven startups, representing four countries, which were announced in October 2012, have now completed Healthbox's three-month accelerator course. They were chosen out of an initial pool of about 200...
By Jonah Comstock 02:00 pmJanuary 21, 2013
Nike announced Friday the opening of a developer portal for the Nike+ API. At the same time, the company announced a partnership with popular calorie-tracking and weight loss app Lose It! Although Lose It! currently integrates with several other devices, including the Fitbit line of activity trackers and the Withings connected weight scale, Lose It! will be the first third-party app to integrate...
By Jonah Comstock 10:49 amJanuary 21, 2013
Washington, D.C.-based Audax Health, a health social networking and gamification company, raised $21 million in debt, options, and other security, according to a recent SEC filing first reported by the Washington Business Journal. The company, founded by 23-year-old Grant Verstandig and supported by former Apple CEO John Sculley, is developing the Zensey social network, which is currently in...
By Jonah Comstock 11:14 amJanuary 18, 2013
Care4Today by Janssen Healthcare Innovation For one reason or another, as many as half the patients in the United States don't take the medication that is prescribed to them at a cost to the US healthcare system of $290 billion a year in waste. That's according to NEHI, formerly known as the New England Healthcare Institute, which has been tracking the medication adherence problem for years....
By Jonah Comstock 02:15 amJanuary 17, 2013
Blueprint Health, a mentor-focused health incubator that offers co-working space in New York City, has announced its Winter 2013 class of startups -- its third. Blueprint is a member of TechStars' Global Accelerator Network. Below are brief descriptions of each of the 11 companies that just joined the accelerator. Each will receive mentorship from big name companies that include Humana, Verizon,...
By Jonah Comstock 01:54 amJanuary 17, 2013
Humetrix iBlueButton app won the ONC's Blue Button Mashup Challenge. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is working to promote more patient engagement and access with their own records. One avenue of this work is with the Meaningful Use Stage 2 guidelines, but the office is also working with data holders and app developers to encourage the development...
By Jonah Comstock 06:39 amJanuary 16, 2013
Konami might not be a familiar name in healthcare, but gamers likely recognize the Japanese company as one of the pioneers of the video game industry that successfully transitioned from jukeboxes to arcade games to home video game systems in the 1980s. And now, in partnership with UnitedHealthcare (a division of UnitedHealth Group), the company is entering the field of public health, offering...
By Jonah Comstock 12:45 pmJanuary 15, 2013
Medical reference app and iBook maker Orca Health announced a partnership with Harvard Medical School this week. Starting with Orca's existing HeartDecide app, Harvard Medical will begin supplying the content for Orca's interactive apps while Orca continues to focus on design and engineering. Orca began as a hobby for CEO Matt Berry, whose father is a spine surgeon in Salt Lake City, Utah, where...
By Jonah Comstock 12:51 pmJanuary 14, 2013
GE Healthcare and StartUp Health announced a partnership last week to offer GE mentorship and support to a new class of ten consumer health companies. Startups in the three-year program will be enrolled in the StartUp Academy along with about 65 other companies, but will also receive additional benefits like a dedicated GE executive mentor and access to a "virtual commercial laboratory" to test...
By Jonah Comstock 04:38 amJanuary 11, 2013
InTouch Health's Remote Presence Virtual + Independent Telemedicine Assistant, or RP-VITA, announced in July 2012, received FDA 510(K) clearance in November, the company announced this week. The RP-VITA was developed in partnership with iRobot, the company that created the Roomba vacuum cleaner, as well as some telepresence robots for the military. The device is a 5-foot rolling robot with a...