Jonah Comstock

April 9, 2018
Things aren't getting any better for Outcome Health, the digital health media company that recently settled a three-month legal battle over claims that the company misled its investors and defrauded its customers. Now the company, which installs screens in waiting rooms and charges pharma companies and other stakeholders to advertise on them, has agreed to settle another court case, this one a...
April 9, 2018
When Amazon, JPMorgan Chase, and Berkshire Hathaway announced in January that they were collaborating on a healthcare venture, most of the focus was on Amazon, the tech giant that has been dancing around a proper healthcare entrance for a number of years.  But the other two partners are also interesting — what makes an investment bank and a conglomerate real estate company interested in the...
April 5, 2018
Trumbull, Connecticut-based FallCall Solutions has raised a sub-$1 million seed round from Connecticut Ventures to develop a pure software-based Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) for the Apple Watch. While automated fall detecction is in the company's future pipeline, the initial launch of the app, on Apple Watch and iPhone, works as an app-based help button that can be activated by voice...
April 4, 2018
Correction: The original version of this article misstated the symptom checker's original launch date. WebMD, long the go-to for patients turning to the internet for an answer to mysterious symptoms, has launched a redesigned, rebuilt version of its symptom checker, originally launched in 2005. The company says 4 million people per month log on to use the tool. From a user interface perspective,...
April 4, 2018
Rock Health and StartUp Health, two groups that track investment in digital health, have come out with their respective quarterly reports on funding in the space, and both agree on a couple of interesting insights: that Q1 2018 is the largest Q1 yet, that larger late-stage deals contributed disproportionately to that total, and that investment is increasingly coming from non-traditional investors...
April 3, 2018
Malay Gandhi, best known as the former CEO of Rock Health, has joined Evidation Health as SVP of Business Operations. Evidation Health cofounder and President Christine Lemke announced the hire in a tweet, saying "This makes me so happy. After years of helping @evidation from the outside, @malayhgandhi joins the team full time. Welcome!" Gandhi and Lemke also work together as the founding...
April 3, 2018
Walmart is reportedly in talks to acquire PillPack, a New England-based virtual pharmacy with around $100 million in funding. According to CNBC, which broke the news, the retail giant is offering less than $1 billion for the startup. But the deal could still fall apart, CNBC's sources said. Founded in 2013, PillPack offers a virtual pharmacy experience for people who can't or would rather not...
April 3, 2018
In the quest to consumerize healthcare, online physician reviews are a popular attempt to return some agency and control to the healthcare consumer. In fact a 2015 survey showed that more than half of millennials consulted online reviews when choosing a physician. But are these reviews fair or reliable? A new study from the Mayo Clinic, published in the health system's own journal Mayo Clinic...
April 2, 2018
The Department of Health and Human Services’ position of Chief Technology Officer is a relatively new one. President Barack Obama created the role in 2009 and appointed the first three people to hold the post: Todd Park, Bryan Sivak, and Susannah Fox. That makes Bruce Greenstein the first ever HHS CTO appointed by a Republican president, or even by a non-Obama president. But unlike many Executive...
April 2, 2018
Samsung is developing the long-awaited successor to its Gear S3 smartwatch and could launch it sometime this year, according to a report from SamMobile, a blog focused on all things Samsung. Citing insider sources, SamMobile co-founder Martin Reinders revealed the scoop during a Facebook Live chat last week. SamMobile's info on the rumored device is sparse, but Reinder said it is codenamed...