Jonah Comstock

August 9, 2018
San Francisco-based Hinge Health, which makes a digital health platform for musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions, has raised $26 million in a Series B round led by Insight Venture Partners. Existing investor Atomico also contributed, increasing its stake in the company. This brings the company’s total funding to $36 million. “There’s been a lot of enthusiasm for the Hinge Health product,” CEO Dan...
August 8, 2018
Online AI-powered healthcare chatbot Buoy has announced a new, deep partnership with Boston Children’s Hospital. Buoy will create a white-labeled version of its product for Boston Children’s website, use data from that version to improve its product’s pediatric expertise, and even get help from doctors at the Boston health center to evaluate its algorithms. “Ten percent of our traffic every...
August 7, 2018
Bot M.D., maker of an AI chatbot app for doctors, has raised $700,000 in seed funding from Y Combinator and angels, including Silicon Valley notable Steve Blank, one of the inventors of the Lean Startup method. The company launched its app of the same name about four weeks ago. "If you ever try searching stuff on Google, Google is a consumer-facing search engine, right?" Founder and CEO Dorothea...
August 6, 2018
iRhythm Technologies reported a promising second quarter from a financial standpoint, citing a revenue of $35.5 million, up 55 percent from this time last year. But CEO Kevin King's major focus on the call was not earnings, but a pair of scientific studies published last month in the Journal of the American Medical Association and JAMA Cardiology. These studies and what they represent could crack...

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August 2, 2018
Teladoc reported a strong second quarter, coming off its acquisition of Advance Medical. The company reported $94.6 million in revenue, with $6.2 million of that coming from Advance. That constitutes 112 percent year-over—year growth for the telemedicine company. The company saw 533,000 total visits in the quarter and 22.5 million paid US members. “We’re now 60 days into the integration of...
August 1, 2018
Naked Labs, the San Francisco fitness company working on a turntable scale and smart body-scanning mirror, has raised $14 million in a round led by Founders Fund and has begun shipping its product to pre-order customers, with plans for full availability in Q4. NEA, Lumia Capital, Venture 51, and Seabed VC also contributed to the series A round. “Founders Fund is known for investing in big ideas,...
teen using digital health app while exercising
August 1, 2018
Just under two-thirds of U.S. teens and young adults have used a health-related mobile health app, according to a new survey of more than 1,300 US teens and young adults aged 14 to 22 years. The survey, sponsored by Hope Lab and Well Being Trust, was designed and analyzed in part by Susannah Fox, a former HHS chief technology officer who also conducted similar surveys in the past as a part of the...
July 31, 2018
This story has been updated with some additional information about the layoffs. Wal-Mart has decided to part ways with Castlight Health at the conclusion of its current contract rather than migrate over to Castlight Complete, the company's new platform designed to bring the consumer-facing care navigation tools it rolled out with Anthem Engage out to non-Anthem customers. On the company's second...
DigiSight rebrands as Verana Health, pivots into data science

Verana Health CEO and President Miki Kapoor

July 31, 2018
Tele-ophthalmology company DigiSight — now called Verana Health — has a new name, a new mission, a new CEO, and $30 million dollars in new funding led by Alphabet subsidiary GV (formerly Google Ventures). Additional contributors to the round include Biomatics Capital, Brook Byers (founder of Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers), GE Ventures, and Lagunita Biosciences, all existing investors. "...
July 30, 2018
Amsterdam-based skin cancer screening app SkinVision has raised $7.6 million in new funding from existing investors Leo Pharma and PHS Fund, with additional contributions from undisclosed new backers described by the company as "high net worth impact investors." This is the second major funding raise for the company, which launched in 2012 under the name Skin Scan, after a $3.4 million round in...