Jonah Comstock

March 29, 2018
Sandstone Diagnostics’ Trak Male Fertility Testing System will be used in an NIH-funded study being conducted by Boston University and Stanford University, according to a statement. The Pregnancy Study Online (PRESTO) studies the effect of lifestyle factors on fertility, miscarriage, and birth outcomes. “The Trak technology is revolutionizing our research,” Lauren Wise, professor of epidemiology...
March 29, 2018
Correction: A previous version of this article misstated Dr. Paul Testa's title. That has since been corrected.  Just two months after announcing the beta, Apple is now launching its Apple Health Records feature into the wild, the company announced in a blog post today. The feature will aggregate existing patient-generated data in a user's Health app with data from their EHR — if the user is a...
March 28, 2018
Dublin, Ireland and New York City-based LetsGetChecked has raised $12 million in first round funding to support the development of its end-to-end at-home lab test business. Optum Ventures led the round, and Chinese VC firm Qiming Venture Partners also contributed. “We started in the UK where everything’s free, you know?” founder Peter Foley told Babyforyou.net.ua. “So we demonstrated that people...
March 27, 2018
As wearables shipments hit 350 million in 2020 (up from 224 million in 2018), healthcare wearables are poised to bring in more revenue via subscription services than wearables in any other industry, according to a new report from Juniper Research.  The report uses AliveCor and Quell as examples of health wearables with a subscription business model, predicting that such companies will pull in $2....
March 23, 2018
Just about everyone agrees in the basic vision for telemedicine: When a person gets sick, instead of jumping in the car to drive to a doctor’s office or urgent care center, they can pick up a phone or tablet instead, and get in touch right away with a doctor. But when it comes to which doctor should be on the end of that call — and who should be facilitating that connection — healthcare...
March 21, 2018
Newark, California-based EyeQue has launched the EyeQue Insight visual acuity screener, a device that lets consumers test their vision at home. The device looks similar to a VR headset. It attaches to a user’s smartphone and lets them test their visual acuity as if they were in a much larger room. The accompanying app also has a version for kids that includes an animated character who walks them...
March 20, 2018
Smartwatch popularity continues to be on the rise, but traditional fitness trackers aren't going anywhere either, according to new market research from International Data Corporation (IDC). The entire worldwide wearables market is on track for 15.1 percent growth this year, for a total of 132.9 million units shipped. Of that, smartwatches represent about one-third of the shipment volume, but two-...
March 19, 2018
When it comes to collecting health and wellness data and sharing with physicians, more than half of patients -- and nearly three quarters of doctors -- are comfortable with the prospect, according to a survey conducted this year by EY and announced at HIMSS. The group, formerly known as Ernst & Young, surveyed 2,455 consumers, 152 physicians, and 195 health executives. "The health sector...
March 16, 2018
Yesterday, Google announced in a blog post that Android Wear was changing its name to Wear OS, a rebranding designed to reflect the fact that one in three Android Wear users also uses an iPhone. The company hopes to make it more obvious that devices running the wearable operating system are compatible with Apple devices as well, something which has been the case since 2015. "As our technology and...
March 16, 2018
Platinum Equity, a Los Angeles-based global investment firm focused on mergers, acquisitions, and operations, has made a binding offer to acquire Johnson & Johnsons' Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania and Zug, Switzerland-based LifeScan business, which sells the OneTouch line of connected and non-connected glucometers. Platinum Equity will pay $2.1 billion for the business, which reported $1.5...