Jonah Comstock

Fitbit Medical Director John Moore. Photo by Christopher Huang.

October 19, 2018
Part of the value — and fun — of conferences like Connected Health Conference is seeing all the newest technologies debuting in the space, but sometimes tech evangelists need to be reminded of the limits of technology. That’s what speakers from both Fitbit and Johnson & Johnson shared this morning at the show. “When I started in this space, there was a tremendous amount of excitement about...
FDA Pre-Cert panel at Connected Health Conference

(L to R) Moderator Scott Thiel, Pear Therapeutics' Dan Amor, Verily's Afia Asamoah, Tidepool's Howard Look, and Johnson & Johnson's Eduardo Sanchez (photo by Jonah Comstock)

October 19, 2018
Attendees to the Connected Health Conference in Boston this week got a sneak peek into the workings of the FDA's much-discussed Pre-Cert program. In a panel discussion at the event, representatives from Verily, Pear Therapeutics, Tidepool, and Johnson & Johnson candidly discussed their experiences so far with the program, describing an evolving process that is collaborative and rigorous.  "...
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October 19, 2018
Health systems, startups, and other stakeholders are banding together to create a series of standardized frameworks for innovators, starting with a standardized security assessment for business associate agreements. The all-volunteer group, currently called the Digital Health Collaborative (the group plans to adopt an official name next year), was conceived at and first met at the HIMSS18 Global...
October 18, 2018
Mountain View, California-based Beddr has launched Sleep Tuner, its first health wearable. The device is an FDA-registered sleep sensor, worn on the forehead, which measures blood oxygenation, heart rate, and sleep position, as well as stopped breathing events. “The device affixes to the forehead with a medical-grade adhesive, and the adhesive is changed each test night so it’s easy to apply and...

Photo by Christopher Huang.

October 18, 2018
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is the child of two doctors. So for him, the FCC's role in providing healthcare services, via telehealth, to rural communities is personal. "When I was a kid in the late 1970s and 1980s, my dad, who was a urologist in the small town of Parsons, Kansas would often hit the road," Pai said today in an address to the Connected Health Conference in Boston. "He would drive 45...
October 16, 2018
San Diego-based Triple W has launched a new wearable connected health monitor in the United States, focused on urinary incontinence. The sensor, called DFree, uses an ultrasound sensor to monitor changes in bladder size. Then proprietary algorithms translate that data into information about when a user should head to the bathroom. “DFree is designed to help individuals with incontinence improve...
October 16, 2018
Netanya, Isreal telemedicine outfit Tyto Care, which specializes in incorporating connected devices into telemedicine encounters, has secured a CE Mark, allowing it to expand its offerings into Europe. Tyto Care’s offering includes a suite of connected devices designed to give remote doctors every tool that would be available in an in-person visit: a connected otoscope, stethoscope, basal...
October 15, 2018
Columbus, Ohio-based Deep Lens, a digital pathology startup out of Nationwide Children’s Hospital focused on cancer clinical trials, has raised $3.2 million in seed funding. Sierra Ventures led the round with participation from Rev1 Ventures and Tamarin Hill Fund. With digital pathology, rather than examining a bio specimen with a microscope, a pathologist can study a large number of digitized...
October 15, 2018
As digital therapeutics move to cross boundaries of regulatory approval and efficacy data, the healthcare industry will begin to move to a bifurcated world of digital health apps in the same way that drugs are now divided up into largely unregulated supplements and heavily regulated pharmaceuticals. At the Digital Health Innovation Summit last week in Boston, Sanofi Ventures Senior Director of...
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October 15, 2018
In the last few years, cloud computing has moved from an option for healthcare providers to, increasingly, a business necessity. By outsourcing data management to a cloud services company, hospitals can free up their own technical staff to do more work closer to their core competencies. “Microsoft coming along with a public cloud infrastructure, once upon a time, seemed like an unlikely...