Jonah Comstock

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...
Cloud illustration with padlock.
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...
A woman conducts a telemedicine visit.
October 12, 2018
Telemedicine, whether offered by insurers, hospitals or direct-to-consumer, continues to grow with more and more organizations offering virtual visits to patients. It’s a technology with broad support, one of the few things that seem to be able to unite both sides of the political aisle, for instance. But that doesn’t mean everyone is in agreement about the particulars of the technology: how and...
October 11, 2018
The third quarter of 2018 was the biggest funding quarter for digital health ever, according to StartUp Health Insights. The research group attached to healthcare startup alliance StartUp Health reported $4.5 billion in digital health funding. With $11.1 billion invested so far, investment is only $600 million short of last year’s overall total, even including the fourth quarter. The top five...
October 10, 2018
Amazon and Walmart have both recently been granted patents for novel uses of biometric sensing — Amazon for an Alexa feature that would allow the device to passively detect signs of illness and recommend remedies and Walmart for a connected shopping cart handle that can detect heart rate, palm temperature, grip force, and walking speed.  Companies, especially large, over-resourced companies like...
October 10, 2018
Barcelona-based Mediktor, which makes an app- and web-based symptom checker, has raised $3.46 million (€ 3 million) to support its continuing expansion into the US market. Alta Life Sciences led the round, with additional support from Castel Capital, Naos, and several other individual investors. Mediktor makes a non-diagnostic consumer-facing symptom checker for pre-diagnosis, triage, and...

Senator Elizabeth Warren at a rally in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in September. Photo by Scott Eisen, Getty Images

October 10, 2018
The FDA’s Pre-Cert program has fallen under new scrutiny as the agency received an open letter today from three senators: Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Tina Smith (D-Minn.). The 12-page letter contains no less than 50 questions for the agency about the program, ranging from how it will derive its statutory authority to how it will pay for the program absent traditional...
Kamal Jethwani and Lisa Gualtieri

Kamal Jethwani and Lisa Gualtieri are among the speakers at the Connected Health Conference in Boston beginning Oct. 17.

October 9, 2018
Both in the consumer and clinical worlds, it’s important not only to design for the user and involve them in the process, but also to realize the full scope of your user base, and make sure no one gets left behind. Considering the user is a vital step in teasing out the human element of connected health, and a number of speakers at this month’s Connected Health Conference will be tackling that...
October 8, 2018
Mira, the women’s health startup that launched last month at TechCrunch disrupt and won a recent startup competition at Health 2.0, has moved fast. The three-year old company has 36 employees, a device nearly on the market, and FDA and CE Mark clearances. And almost unheard of for a tech startup, it does its own manufacturing. “We built 11,000 square feet of manufacturing facility ourselves,...
October 5, 2018
The third quarter of 2018 was a surprisingly good one for mergers and acquisitions. Babyforyou.net.ua tracked 17 deals, from Best Buy’s monster acquisition of GreatCall, to positive exits for Boston area startups Herald Health and Circulation, to WebMD’s snapping up consumer healthcare reviews site Vitals. The majority of the deals seem to represent the kind of consolidation that happens as a space...