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CVS-Aetna: It’s not integrated healthcare, it’s experiential retail!

...click to enlargeThis very interesting take on financial analysis site Seeking Alpha draws another insight from the CVS-Aetna merger–it’s actually part of the rising commercial real estate trend of experiential retail. Here’s the logic. CVS MinuteClinics increase traffic to CVS stores. If they are part of a shopping center, that means those patients might grab a meal, coffee, or shop. Reportedly CVS and Aetna will add nurses and nutritionists, which will further increase attraction, stickiness, and traffic. CVS and Walgreens‘ clinics have started, in the new model, to become significant, even anchor, tenants of shopping centers, filling up... Continue Reading

Rounding up the roundups in health tech and digital health for 2017; looking forward to 2018’s Nitty-Gritty

...We have a paradigm breaker in the pending CVS-Aetna merger into the very structure of how healthcare can be made more convenient, delivered, billed, and paid for–if it is approved and not challenged, which is a very real possibility. Over the next two years, if this works, look for supermarkets to get into the healthcare business. Payers, drug stores, and retailers have few places to go. The worldwide wild card: Walgreens Boots. Start with our article here and move to our previous articles linked at the end. US telehealth and telemedicine’s march towards reimbursement and parity payment continues. See our... Continue Reading

The ‘health kiosk’ idea is alive and kicking from New York to France

...click to enlarge[Photo: NYP] The $40 million+ failure of HealthSpot Station last year [TTA 14 June 16] might have signaled the demise of the health kiosk (telemedicine + multiple vital measurement devices) concept. Basic stations with consumer engagement/mobile tie-ins such as Higi have been gaining traction at retail locations [TTA 30 Mar] such as RiteAid (which bought the assets and IP of HealthSpot) and Publix supermarkets. CVS MinuteClinics in northeast Ohio and Florida have allied over the past two years with Cleveland Clinic and American Well to integrate records and telemedicine. But the kiosk model is gaining a... Continue Reading

A basket of reflections, considerations on CVS-Aetna: Epic, Cerner, the model, and hospitals’ role

...centers, and free-standing, low-cost “neighborhood” hospitals, almost like pop-up stores. The article doesn’t mention ‘consult stations’ like Europe’s H4D, which is proving that the kiosk idea isn’t dead. The reality is that we won’t know what this merger entails until it actually happens, if it happens–and its final shape will take years to mold. Related: CVS-Aetna: the canary says that DOJ likely to review merger, Analysis of the CVS-Aetna merger: a new era, a canary in a mine–or both?, CVS’ bid for Aetna–will it happen, and kick off a trend? (what will Amazon and other retailers, including supermarkets, do?)... Continue Reading

CVS-Aetna: the canary says that DOJ likely to review merger–plus further analysis and developments

...click to enlarge The canary is still tweeting. News reports indicate that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) will be in the lead reviewing the CVS acquisition of Aetna. This should be no surprise to our Readers. This Editor’s first analysis noted regulatory necessity and earlier this week, more explicitly predicted either the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) or the DOJ would be reviewing. The New York Post’s Beltway sources (for ex-US readers, it’s the mass market News Corp. paper/site) are talking up DOJ: President Trump’s Department of Justice appears to be the agency that will review CVS Health’s... Continue Reading

Analysis of the CVS-Aetna merger: a new era, a canary in a mine–or both?

...lower cost setting that saves premium dollars and brings integrated care to consumers’ doorsteps. CVS brings to the table huge point of care assets: 9,700 pharmacy locations, 1,100 MinuteClinics, Omnicare’s senior pharmacy solutions, Coram’s infusion services, and the more than 4,000 CVS Health nursing professionals providing in-clinic and home-based care. Aetna has about 23.1 million medical members, 14.5 million dental members, and 15.2 million pharmacy benefit management (PBM) services members. Aetna also has a wealth of advanced data analytics capabilities through two subsidiaries, ActiveHealth Management and Medicity’s health information exchange technology. Seeking Alpha has an intriguing POV on this entry... Continue Reading

A fistful of topical events

...just after the NHS has put in place its first primary care technology tariff. Finally for your diaries, the RSM has yet to open booking for its Recent developments in digital health 2018 on 27th February – booking will be available here, shortly. As the RSM is a charity, and as good speakers are always keen to add presentation there onto their CVs, you can rely on them always to produce excellent events at very low cost. This Editor is a great fan of Julian Patterson at NHS Networks, and of online GP services, so this week’s column, entitled “the... Continue Reading

CVS’ bid for Aetna–will it happen, and kick off a trend? (updated)

...We have scant facts about the reported bid of US drugstore giant CVS to purchase insurance giant Aetna for a tidy sum of $200 per share, or $66 billion plus. This may have been in development for weeks or months, but wisely the sides are keeping mum. According to FOX Business, “an Aetna spokesperson declined to chime in on the reports, saying the company doesn’t “comment on rumors or speculation” and to Drug Store News, a CVS Health spokesperson did the same. Aetna’s current market cap is $53 billion, so it’s a great deal for shareholders if it does... Continue Reading

NYeC’s 2017 Gala and Awards (NYC) 1 November

...of most major health organizations in New York such as New York-Presbyterian, NYU-Langone, Maimonides, and payers such as Aetna. Click here for more information and for tickets. The revenues support the work of NYeC in promoting interoperability through entities such as the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY), which links New York’s eight regional health information organizations (RHIOs) or Qualified Entities (QEs) throughout the state. They also fund NYeC’s work in developing policies and standards supporting the use of health IT and EHR adoption. Hat tip to Jesse Giuliani of NYeC and Sarianne Gruber of Answers Media.... Continue Reading

Connected Health Summit 2017 San Diego — last chance to book!!

...W. Cosgriff, Chief Strategy Officer, UnitedHealthcare Saquib Rahim MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer, Aetna Vidya Raman-Tangella, Senior Vice President, and Head, UHC Innovation Center of Excellence, UnitedHealth Group Dale Rayman, Senior Vice President, Actuarial Consulting & Business Development, Sharecare Chanin Wendling, AVP, Informatics, Geisinger Health System Latest press release info on the conference and the convergence of connected health, IoT, and smart home is here. For more information and to still save 20 percent, click on the Connected Health Summit’s link here . Telehealth & Telecare Aware is pleased once again to be a media supporter of CHS 2017. Twitter... Continue Reading