Jonah Comstock

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

By Jonah Comstock 02:49 pmApril 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...
By Jonah Comstock 02:41 pmMarch 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...
By Jonah Comstock 10:19 amMarch 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...
By Jonah Comstock 05:43 amMarch 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...
By Jonah Comstock 02:36 pmMarch 21, 2019
This article has been updated with a new photo and additional information from Omron. Omron has apparently finally received FDA 510(k) clearance for its Blood Pressure Monitor + EKG device, which was originally announced in January 2018 at CES. The device was created in partnership with AliveCor. This is a separate product from Omron's HeartGuide watch, which also incorporates AliveCor ECG...
Vixiar's system
By Jonah Comstock 03:04 pmMarch 20, 2019
Vixiar, a Johns Hopkins spinout marketing a tablet-based point of care system for assessing cardiac filling pressure, has raised $1.5 million in Series A funding. This brings the company’s total funding to $3 million. New investors Emerald Development Managers and MMG Opportunities contributed to the round, along with existing investor The Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO),...
By Jonah Comstock 02:44 pmMarch 20, 2019
French appointment booking and telemedicine service Doctolib has raised another €150 million ($170.3 million), bringing its total funding to around €235 million ($271 million) and its valuation to more than €1 billion. General Atlantic, a global growth equity fund, led the round. Existing investors Eurazeo, Bpifrance, Kernel and Accel also contributed, along with unnamed German healthcare...
By Jonah Comstock 12:00 pmMarch 20, 2019
Chronic disease management platform Hello Heart will now integrate with LifeScan OneTouch meters as part of its program for diabetes management. The Redwood City, California-based company started out in hypertension, but has been expanding into diabetes for the past year. OneTouch meters, formerly owned by Johnson & Johnson, are the first of a handful of glucometer brands the company intends...
By Jonah Comstock 02:50 pmMarch 19, 2019
Washington, DC-based Babyscripts has entered into a partnership with Inova Health System. The agreement includes a $500,000 investment from Inova, which will be tacked onto the $6 million round led by Philips in January. Inova will deploy Babyscripts’ platform, which offers providers a digital patient management dashboard for pregnancy with data collected through connected devices such as scales...
By Jonah Comstock 01:17 pmMarch 19, 2019
Teladoc Health has announced another acquisition that will bolster its growing international line of business. The US virtual care company will acquire Paris, France-based MédecinDirect, which provides confidential medical consultations via phone and internet. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, but Teladoc said “the acquisition will be immaterial to Teladoc Health’s financial...