Jonah Comstock

April 8, 2019
The US Patent and Trademark Office has published two new related patents from Apple that suggest the company might be working on chemical smell sensors, which could have a variety of uses within healthcare. One patent even suggests that by analyzing sweat particles in the air the sensor could deduce blood sugar levels. The patent applications were submitted in late 2018 but were just published on...
April 5, 2019
The first quarter of 2019 started off strong with 17 digital health mergers and acquisitions, including five over the course of two days at the end of February. The quarter's acquisitions included moves by ClassPass and Teladoc to bolster emerging international businesses with the acquisitions of GuavaPass and Médecin Direct, respectively, as well as a number of consolidation deals in niche...

The Sheba Medical Center campus. (Photo courtesy Sheba Medical Center)

April 4, 2019
Hospitals all over the world hope that investment in innovation will ultimately lead to cost savings. But for Israel’s hospitals, that can't be an abstract hope, two hospital leaders told MobiHealthNews on a recent visit to the country. Instead, self-sustaining innovation is a concrete and immediate need for the hospitals’ bottom lines. “Budget-wise, we have half a billion dollars per year,” Dr....
April 3, 2019
The first quarter of 2019 is behind us and both Rock Health and Startup Health have released their funding report for the quarter. Both agree that funding for Q1 2019 is down relative to other recent years. But both see other reasons to be optimistic about digital health investment. Rock Health tracked $986 million of investment across 61 digital health deals in the US, which is lower than both...
April 3, 2019
FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb may be stepping down, but he isn’t slowing down on his way out the door. Yesterday the agency dropped a 20-page exploratory whitepaper on how it could address artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms. “As algorithms evolve, the FDA must also modernize our approach to regulating these products,” Gottlieb wrote in a statement. “We must ensure that...
April 3, 2019
Giblib, a medical education streaming service with offerings including both VR and traditional videos of medical lectures and surgeries, has raised $2.5 million in seed funding, with participation from some notable strategic investors. Those include Mayo Clinic, the Venture Reality Fund, Wavemaker 360, USC Marshall Venture Fund and Michelson 20MM. “With our partners’ support, Giblib is uniquely...

Moshe Bar Siman-Tov speaks at MedInIsrael 2019 in Tel Aviv. Photo by Roy Habani.

April 1, 2019
With a population of just 9 million, Israel is not a large country. But its contributions to health innovation, in particular digital health, are outsized. The country boasts 500 digital health startups as well as hospitals like Sheba Medical Center, which has recently been ranked in the top 10 in the world by Newsweek. What does the country have going for it? A mostly interoperable, fully...
March 29, 2019
At MEDinIsrael 2019 this week, a conference in Tel Aviv sponsored by the Israeli Export Institute, Dr. Lena Granovsky, director of analytics and big data at Teva Pharmaceuticals, spoke on and off stage about the work the top Israeli pharma company has been doing in digital health. These topics included the company's recently FDA-cleared smart inhaler ProAir Digihaler, as well as more broad...
March 28, 2019
When it comes to the aging in place sector within digital health, there's other companies and then there's GreatCall. From its mid-2000s roots as a "smartphones for seniors" company, GreatCall has consistently seen the direction in which the market will turn and anticipated it, often by acquiring other companies like digital mPERS company Lively and remote monitoring company Healthsense. All this...
March 27, 2019
Direct-to-consumer gene tests like Ancestry.com and 23andMe are increasingly informing consumers about gene alterations that could signal health risks. But those tests look at only a few positions on particular genes, as opposed to medical sequencing that is much more thorough. And, according to a 2018 study by Ambry Genetics in Genetics in Medicine, these results can be wrong — the study showed...