Jonah Comstock

By  Jonah Comstock 09:51 am January 2, 2020
Healthcare is full of tensions. For security professionals at innovative health systems, one tension that can be hard to navigate is the pull between innovation and caution, a topic several experts discussed last month at the Healthcare Security Forum in Boston. “The job of the CISO is to say no, to look at risk,” John Halamka, president of the Mayo Clinic Platform, said at the event. “I had a...
By  Jonah Comstock 11:28 am December 23, 2019
MobiHealthNews reported on 53 new acquisitions over the course of 2019. That doesn’t mean all of these deals closed this year: several of these deals were announced late in the year and won’t close until next year, while others may have closed in previous years but weren’t made public until 2019. And of course, definitions of digital health vary, and not every one of these deals will fit everyone...
By  Jonah Comstock 11:33 am December 17, 2019
Dublin-based medical technology company Medtronic has acquired digital health startup Klue, a two-year-old startup which uses gesture sensing and other behavioral health metrics to determine when someone is eating. Nothing was disclosed about the terms of the deal, except that Medtronic considers it to be immaterial to 2020 earnings per share. "Bringing Klue and their unique meal detection...
By  Jonah Comstock 03:58 pm December 6, 2019
After 10 years investing in healthcare for Sequoia Capital, Mike Dixon is moving to Transformation Capital, a dedicated healthcare investor focused on supporting commercialized, growth-sized businesses. Dixon joins former fellow Sequoia investor Todd Cozzens and Jared Kesselheim, all three of whom hold the title of managing partner at the firm. MobiHealthNews caught up with Dixon to talk about...

(L to R) Andrew Hopper, Carson Pickens, Gilad Jacobs, Stacie Ruth, Grace Cordavano, and Kelly McKee discuss Patient Co-Creation last month at the Connected Health Conference in Boston. Photo by Jonah Comstock.

By  Jonah Comstock 01:47 pm November 27, 2019
Healthcare stakeholders — from providers to payers to pharma and medical device companies — are more and more starting to include patients in the design process for new innovations and initiatives. But while that co-design is a good first step, it’s not enough, experts at the Connected Health Conference in Boston last month argued. “Every health innovator wants to maximize their market success,”...
By  Jonah Comstock 09:01 am November 14, 2019
As of this morning, iOS users can officially download Apple’s new Research app and sign up for one or more of the three studies the company announced at its WWDC event in September. Inspired by the Apple Heart Study conducted last year in conjunction with Stanford, these three studies, focused respectively on heart health and movement, hearing loss, and women’s health, are being conducted with...
By  Jonah Comstock 04:10 pm November 7, 2019
In its second earnings call as a public company, Livongo was able to report strong financial and operational numbers and raise its revenue guidance for the year from $7 million to $9.5 million. CEO Zane Burke also shared that the company's diversification beyond diabetes is making progress: more than 20% of the company's estimated value from new partnerships is from non-diabetes business. TOPLINE...
By  Jonah Comstock 09:22 am November 6, 2019
Ten months after announcing plans, and just shy of a year after those plans originally leaked, Apple and the Department of Veterans Affairs have completed the rollout of Apple Health Records to any iOS users among the more than 9 million veterans in the US and surrounding territories. “We have delivered veterans an innovative new way to easily and securely access their health information,” VA...
By  Jonah Comstock 02:49 pm October 24, 2019
Amazon has quietly made another digital health acquisition, buying digital health startup Health Navigator for an undisclosed amount. CNBC first reported the news. Founded in 2014, La Grange, Illinois-based Health Navigator offers digital health clinical content in the form of APIs that can be used by EHRs, telemedicine providers, health chatbots and medical call centers.  Amazon will reportedly...
By  Jonah Comstock 04:29 pm October 23, 2019
A successful startup-hospital partnership requires a lot of elements to work. On the startup side, a company has to be willing to listen to a health system’s problems and craft their offering to really address them. On the hospital side, enthusiastic executive buy-in and a strong champion are musts. For Northern California’s Sutter Health and triage chatbot startup Ada Health, all these pieces...