Jonah Comstock

January 15, 2019
The state of Georgia has tapped digital health engagement platform Sharecare and retailer Walmart in a new initiative to improve the health of the employees on its State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP). The deal was announced last week. “We put out a press release with the governor of Georgia and the commissioner of health where they said ‘We’ll pay 90 million dollars next year for people who earn...

Dan Kendall interviews Lord Prior of Brampton on stage at the Startup Health Festival last week in San Francisco. Photo by Jonah Comstock.

January 14, 2019
Lord Prior of Brampton, who took over last year as chair of NHS England, has big plans for the organisation he now helps lead — many of which were laid out in the 10-year plan announced last week. Lord Prior was also on hand at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco, stopping by the StartUp Health Festival, where Babyforyou.net.ua caught up with him. Broadly, the organisation is...
January 11, 2019
The Embrace2, a seizure monitoring wearable from Boston and Milan-based Embrace, has received an updated FDA clearance that allows it to be used by children ages six and up — the first such device to receive clearance for pediatric use. "The fact that this is the first clearance of its kind in epilepsy highlights how difficult it is to get robust results with pediatric patients in a clinical...
January 10, 2019
Respiratory health company Propeller Health, which was recently acquired by ResMed for $225 million, announced this week in San Francisco a partnership with Walgreens and a new feature for users of its platform. The new feature, called My Pharmacy, will allow Propeller’s end users, patients with asthma and COPD, to connect to pharmacy services without leaving the Propeller app. At launch, users...
January 9, 2019
Diabetes Digital Media (DDM), the NHS, and Ascensia Diabetes Care have all partnered to bring DDM’s Low Carb program into the NHS. Through the new agreement, the digitally delivered, evidence-based behaviour change platform will become a supported part of the NHS Apps Library. “It’s a clinically-proven program that is now being delivered digitally through an app system.” Ascencia Diabetes Care...
January 8, 2019
Chicago-based SonarMD, which uses digital technologies to help payers improve the health of certain high-volatility patient groups, has raised $10 million in Series A funding. The raise is a joint investment between BCBS Venture Partners and Arboretum Ventures. What they do “What SonarMD does is we are providing care management services for what we call high beta chronic conditions,” CEO Devin...
January 8, 2019
Ascensia Diabetes Care, the Swiss tech company originally formed a few years ago from a merger of Bayer Health’s diabetes division and Panasonic Healthcare, is officially moving into the CGM space via a partnership with Huzhou, China-based Zhejiang POCTech. In the short term, the partnership will put an Ascensia-branded version of POCTech’s CE-Marked CGM in several markets by the end of the year...
January 8, 2019
Omada Health will launch new programs for customers with depression and anxiety, the company announced yesterday. The company has entered into a perpetual licensing agreement with Lantern Health, a digital mental health company that shut down its commercial operations last August, and will integrate Lantern’s software into its existing infrastructure. Additionally, a few members of Lantern’s team...
January 7, 2019
According to a new study published this morning in Nature, an algorithm trained via a deep neural network has been able to perform on par with board-certified cardiologists at the annotation of 12 different types of heart rhythms. Researchers from Stanford University and iRhythm collaborated for the study, which detailed an algorithm trained on 91,232 30-second single-lead ECG readings from 53,...
January 3, 2019
Cohealo, a Boston-based startup that uses technology to help hospitals track and share medical equipment, has appointed Dr. Todd Rothenhaus as its new CEO. Former CEO Brett Reed has moved into the role of president. Rothenhaus’s experience includes a stint as chief medical officer at athenahealth as well as another as chief information officer at Steward Health Care. “In addition to his...