Jonah Comstock

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
This story has been updated to include Dexcom's acquisition of TypeZero Technologies. The third quarter of 2018 was a surprisingly good one for mergers and acquisitions. Babyforyou.net.ua tracked 18 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...
October 4, 2018
Editor's note: A previous version of this article said that the Aysa app would be sold with a $1.99 annual subscription. This has been corrected to $9.99.  Clinical decision support tool maker VisualDx officially launched Aysa, its first consumer-facing app, last month at Health 2.0 in San Francisco. The app allows users to upload pictures of skin lesions or rashes, enter some additional...
October 2, 2018
American consumers are more often using online review sites to choose doctors, and they’re increasingly trusting of those reviews, especially millennials, according to a new survey of 1,000 US adults. The survey, conducted by One Poll and sponsored by digital-focused healthcare marketing company Binary Fountain, found that 95 percent of respondents — and 97 percent of millennials — found online...