Jonah Comstock

July 9, 2018
WellDoc has expanded its BlueStar digital diabetes management platform to include a weight loss feature and a feature for those with both diabetes and hypertension. A standalone product for hypertension is also coming from the company later this year. “The American Diabetes Association reports that nearly one in three American adults has hypertension, and two in three people with diabetes have...
July 9, 2018
The UK's National Health Service (NHS) will launch a new wide-ranging app in December that allows all patients to book appointments, consult their medical records, and more, the government agency announced last week. Though many of the features are already available online, the new app will bring them together into one mobile access point. "I want this innovation to mark the death-knell of the 8...
July 6, 2018
Pharma companies are getting more and more open about their digital health initiatives, which has given Babyforyou.net.ua more opportunities this quarter than usual to chronicle pharma’s efforts around adherence, clinical trials, and the burgeoning world of digital therapeutics. In addition, at the BIO conference in Boston this quarter Babyforyou.net.ua heard pharma innovation leaders share their...
July 5, 2018
This week, the acquisition everyone’s talking about is Amazon’s reported billion-dollar deal to buy pharmacy startup PillPack. But that deal was just the capstone on a busy quarter with 15 digital health mergers and acquisitions.   The area of digital health shaken up the most by deal activity this quarter was certainly telemedicine. Both Teladoc and American Well picked up smaller telehealth...
July 2, 2018
Healthy Interactions, a population health company that offers both digital and in-person programs for chronic disease management and education, announced last week that it has added two new programs, for cardiovascular disease and depression, to its portfolio.  The company's initial focus was on diabetes, and it launched its original program, diabetes self-management education and support, in...
June 28, 2018
Dr. Joshua Mandel has left his position at Alphabet's Verily as health IT ecosystem lead for a position as chief architect at Microsoft Healthcare. Mandel isn't the only big name Microsoft just picked up; Jim Weinstein, former CEO of Dartmouth-Hitchcock, joined the company at the same time as VP and head of innovation and health equity. "Jim and Josh join us at an exciting time, as healthcare...
June 27, 2018
At Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, the approach to fostering internal and external innovation is deliberate, thought out, and informed by years of experience. At HXD 2018 in Cambridge yesterday, Julia Jackson, managing director of Massachusetts General’s Healthcare Transformation Lab and Josie Elias, program manager for Brigham’s Digital Health...
June 27, 2018
Correction: A previous version of this article misstated Babylon's total funding. Babylon Health, one of a number of companies working on triage chatbots for health, has already made a name for itself with a high-profile partnership with the UK’s National Health Service, as well as with investment rounds totalling $85 million. Now the startup says its AI can pass England’s GP exam and go head-to-...
June 26, 2018
Patient-facing clinical trial software company uMotif has raised $3.2 million (£2.4 million) in a new funding round led by independent investment manager Albion Capital, with additional participation from unnamed angel investors. uMotif makes apps for capturing consent, electronic patient-reported outcomes (ePRO), and electronic clinical outcome assessment (eCOA). The UK-based company, founded in...
June 25, 2018
Working with digital diabetes prevention program (DPP) provider Omada Health — and combining that intervention with lab and biometric screenings — lab company Quest Diagnostics reduced risk for diabetes in one-third of a 107-employee cohort. "Many employers are eager to implement employee wellness programs that drive better health and cost outcomes, but are unsure of how best to achieve these...