Jonah Comstock

June 27, 2018
Correction: A previous version of this article misstated Babylon's total funding. Babylon Health, one of a number of companies working on triage chatbots for health, has already made a name for itself with a high-profile partnership with the UK’s National Health Service, as well as with investment rounds totalling $85 million. Now the startup says its AI can pass England’s GP exam and go head-to-...
June 26, 2018
Patient-facing clinical trial software company uMotif has raised $3.2 million (£2.4 million) in a new funding round led by independent investment manager Albion Capital, with additional participation from unnamed angel investors. uMotif makes apps for capturing consent, electronic patient-reported outcomes (ePRO), and electronic clinical outcome assessment (eCOA). The UK-based company, founded in...
June 25, 2018
Working with digital diabetes prevention program (DPP) provider Omada Health — and combining that intervention with lab and biometric screenings — lab company Quest Diagnostics reduced risk for diabetes in one-third of a 107-employee cohort. "Many employers are eager to implement employee wellness programs that drive better health and cost outcomes, but are unsure of how best to achieve these...
June 25, 2018
A prospective cohort study of 33 adolescent cancer patients suggests that providing a Fitbit activity tracker and an iPad equipped with specialized health apps at the time of diagnosis can increase at least subjective measures of quality of life. In the study, recently published in the Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, patients at Stanford Hospital and Clinics and Lucile Packard...
June 22, 2018
Medication management and adherence app maker Medisafe has announced a partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim following a successful pilot.  Medisafe will offer a wraparound app experience that incorporates Pradaxa-specific educational information into a special version of its app, which patients will be directed to when they're prescribed the drug. "Pradaxa is not different than any other...
June 22, 2018
Mightier, a Boston Children’s Hospital spinout that makes biofeedback video games to help children with emotional regulation, has raised $2.4 million in seed funding. Slow Ventures led the round, with additional participation from Bolt, Founder Collective, Project 11, and angel investors. The round brings the company’s total seed financing to more than $3.7 million. The Mightier system, which...
June 22, 2018
At long last, Eversense, the implantable continuous glucose monitoring system from Senseonics, has received FDA clearance to be marketed in the United States. “The FDA is committed to advancing novel products that leverage digital technology to improve patient care,” FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in a statement. “These technologies allow patients to gain better control over their...
June 21, 2018
On-demand fitness content maker Aaptiv has raised $22 million in a new funding round led by Millenium Technology Value Partners. Existing investor Insight Venture Partners also contributed to the round, as did several strategic investors: The Amazon Alexa Fund, Disney, Warner Music Group, and NWS Holdings. Aaptiv offers an app that helps a user choose from a library of audio training sessions...
June 20, 2018
The FDA continues to move at a fast pace to develop and, soon, implement its pre-certification program for medical software development. Yesterday the agency released a second draft of its Pre-Cert framework, incorporating some of the comments it received about the April first draft and seeking additional comments on other parts of the framework. The basic goal of the Pre-Cert program, which sets...
June 20, 2018
Calm, developer of the meditation and sleep app of the same name, has raised $27 million in a round of funding led by Insight Ventures that also includes singer Harry Styles (formerly of One Direction) and Sound Ventures, the investment vehicle of actor Ashton Kutcher. This is the company's first major funding round since a $1.5 million seed round, and brings its total investment to $28.5 million...