Jonah Comstock

Mayo Clinic remote patient monitoring startup Ambient Clinical Analytics
June 19, 2018
Ambient Clinical Analytics, a remote patient monitoring company that spun off from Mayo Clinic in 2013, has raised $1.5 million in a round led by Noaber Ventures, the impact investment arm of Noaber Foundation and the company’s first European investor. Existing investors Social Capital, Bluestem Capital, and Mayo Clinic also contributed to the round. “The company is making great progress, and...
June 19, 2018
Apple has announced a partnership with RapidSOS that will allow iPhones to more easily send detailed location data to first responders in the event of an emergency, the Cupertino tech giant announced yesterday.  “Communities rely on 911 centers in an emergency, and we believe they should have the best available technology at their disposal,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement. “When every...
Doctor Smart mobile
June 18, 2018
Sophia Genetics acquires CDS software company. Genomics AI company Sophia Genetics has acquired Interactive Biosoftware, a maker of Alamut, a clinical decision support software for clinical genomic data interpretation. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. "We are very excited about the acquisition of Interactive Biosoftware," Jurgi Camblong, CEO and cofounder at Sophia Genetics, said in a...
Fitbit Flyer headphones lawsuit filed
June 18, 2018
Wearables maker Jawbone may be out of business, but its beef with rival Fitbit lives on apparently in the form of a grand jury indictment handed down Thursday from the U.S. District Court of Northern California. The indictment, for theft of trade secrets, names the same six employees named in Jawbone's civil suit against Fitbit, but does not name Fitbit itself. The indictment includes new...
June 14, 2018
Benchling, which offers a software suite for improving collaboration and productivity among life sciences and biotech researchers, has raised $14.5 million in series B funding. Benchmark led the round, with additional participation by F-Prime Capital and returning investor Thrive Capital. “Just as computer science has changed the world and transformed every industry, we think that in 10 to 20...
June 13, 2018
Patients of doctors who participated in a Veteran Affairs-run telemedicine consultation program were 54 percent more likely to survive chronic liver disease than a matched cohort of patients of non-participating doctors, according to a new retrospective study from the University of Michigan. “It seems that primary care providers who participated in [the program] were more likely to follow the...
June 13, 2018
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will reverse a longstanding unpopular position on reimbursement for smartphone-connected continuous glucose monitors, CMS announced yesterday. "CMS heard from numerous stakeholders who shared their concerns that Medicare’s CGM coverage policy limited their use of CGMs in conjunction with their smartphones, preventing them from sharing data with...
June 12, 2018
Internet Brands subsidiary WebMD, which also oversees the Medscape brand of physician-facing mobile and web-based educational content, has acquired Jobson Healthcare Information, another healthcare content group, for an undisclosed amount. "We were very excited about Jobson’s commitment to communicating with healthcare professionals, a commitment that we share as well," WebMD CEO Steve Zatz told...
June 11, 2018
A patent application filed by Apple, for a (possibly Bluetooth-connected) wearable blood pressure monitor, became public last week and was brought to light by The Verge.  The application is interesting for how uninteresting it is: though it's very broad, what it describes seems to be a slight tweak on the standard-of-care inflatable blood pressure cuff, built into a wearable that might be smaller...
June 11, 2018
Fitbit has officially launched the Fitbit Ace, the company's first activity tracker designed for children, specifically kids ages 8 and older. The band was first announced in March. "As childhood obesity rates continue to rise, it’s more important than ever to empower the entire family to embrace a healthy and more active lifestyle,” Fitbit CEO James Park said at the time. “It can be hard to...