Jonah Comstock

By Jonah Comstock 02:31 pmApril 29, 2019
Personalized wellness company Arivale has shut down its consumer operations, according to a statement posted on the company's website. MedCityNews first spotted the post. "Regrettably, effective today, we are terminating our consumer program," the team wrote in an unsigned note. "Our decision to do so is attributable to the simple fact that the cost of providing the service exceeds what our...
By Jonah Comstock 03:35 pmApril 26, 2019
Everyone sleeps. But not everyone sleeps well. And the quality of your sleep can have far-reaching effects on your mental and physical health. Considering all that, it’s no surprise that sleep health has become one of the major focuses of consumer-facing digital health plays — although research has shown that it’s less popular than diet or exercise tracking, and most popular among the “worried...
By Jonah Comstock 07:39 pmApril 25, 2019
Diplomat Pharmacy has released some data about its partnership with smart pill bottle maker AdhereTech as the companies also announced plans to expand that deal. The data, representative of more than 1,000 patients, shows that on average, patients who used the technology filled their medication one additional time over the course of the year. Patient retention was 12% higher, and the average...
By Jonah Comstock 03:07 pmApril 25, 2019
Cognitive assessment app maker Savonix has raised $9.6 million in what the company is calling an extension of its 2017 $5.1 million Series A round. Along with its $1.5 million seed round, this brings the company's total funding to $16.2 million. New investors Fusion Fund and Wavemaker Partners led the round, with additional participation from new investor DEFTA Partners and existing investors ...
By Jonah Comstock 09:19 amApril 24, 2019
Aaron Patzer, the Mint.com founder who sold his company to Intuit for $170 million, is venturing into the healthcare space with Vital, a new company that launched out of stealth today with $5.2 million in funding and four hospital clients set to be announced in the coming weeks. This is actually Patzer’s second healthcare company, in a way — he sold Fountain, a company focused on delivering...
By Jonah Comstock 03:12 pmApril 23, 2019
Deep learning for runners. UC San Diego researchers have developed an AI tool called FitRec which uses deep learning to make personalized fitness recommendations for runners based on past performance data. The algorithm was trained on a public dataset from Endomondo, an Under Armour subsidiary, that included 250,000 workout records for more than 1,000 runners. "Personalization is crucial in...
By Jonah Comstock 04:22 pmApril 19, 2019
For the over-65 population, falling can be a serious health risk. Three million older people each year are treated in emergency rooms for fall-related injuries, according to the CDC, and one in four older adults falls each year. But the options for guarding against falls are limited. For a long time, the standard of care has been a “personal emergency response system” or PERS device — a pendant...

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By Jonah Comstock 02:21 pmApril 18, 2019
Israel and Finland — two countries that have notably made digital health a focus of their economies — announced this week that they will work together to advance the field, starting with a Call for Proposals for joint projects between Finnish and Israeli companies. The pilot project is being led by Helsinki Business Hub and the Israeli Innovation Authority, which will offer funding and services...
By Jonah Comstock 02:50 pmApril 16, 2019
Digital physical therapy company Sword Health has raised $8 million in a Series A funding round led by Khosla Ventures, with additional participation from unnamed angel investors. The round brings Sword Health's total funding to more than $15 million, according to the company, including a $4.6 million seed round in April of last year. Founded in Portugal, the company now has offices in New York...
By Jonah Comstock 12:40 pmApril 12, 2019
Philips Global Innovation Leader Kirk Elder doesn’t like to wear watches. “If you were to approach me with a digital health experience or a chronic care program that requires a watch, I probably wouldn’t be very compliant in that program,” Elder said at an event in Tel Aviv earlier this month. “It’s just a quirk. And I admit it’s weird, but all of us have quirks. And the story here is that...