TTA’s Big Week: crazy in SF and Vegas with JPM and CES, American Well, Philips, Allianz, Allscripts-Practice Fusion, falling tech, EU funding rises

 

January starts with a roar with big events and news out of SF and Las Vegas. Predicting falls–and falling right. And EU funding for health innovations gets its groove on!

€280m addition creates largest investment fund for European health tech (NL) (An upward trend in EU health tech funding at last)
Fall prevention: the technology–and Dutch–cures (Falling tech keeps seniors mobile…and learning to fall right)
January’s Crazy Week: JP Morgan, StartUp Health, Health 2.0 WinterTech…and CES takes the cake! (Following the money and the trends in rainy SF and dry Las Vegas)
Deals of the day: American Well partners with Philips for global telehealth apps, gains $59 million partnership with Allianz (Setting a torrid partnership pace–can Teladoc meet?)
EHR action: Allscripts acquires Practice Fusion, expands footprint in small/ambulatory practices (Buying market share to go the ‘last mile’–and against Cerner and Epic)

Our roundups start with 2017’s advances and some year-end surprises, then looking forward to 2018. Theranos makes a surprise reappearance riding a Trojan Horse. And we look for a new ‘Eye on Tenders’ for the UK. (Could it be you?)

Advances in 2017 which may set the digital health stage for 2018 (Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s treatments; All of Us, DeepMind Streams, and Telehealth in Outer Space!)
Rounding up the roundups in health tech and digital health for 2017; looking forward to 2018’s Nitty-Gritty (Dancing to the M&As, canaries, Babylon, KardiaBands on Apple Watches…)
The Theranos Story, ch. 45: a ‘Christmas present’ $100 million loan from Fortress averts bankruptcy (updated) (A Trojan Horse?)
Wanted: an Eye on Tenders (UK) (Looking for a contributor for this valued Reader service)
2017 wrapup: state telehealth reimbursement policies and progress made (Center for Connected Health Policy tracks 63 legislative actions in 34 states)

Reflecting on the CVS-Aetna merger and the FCC’s actions. A telemedicine survey points to an expectation gap. Franco-American health kiosks, a few more Tender Alerts, December deals, and CST’s tech advice to PM May round out our Year.

Far from a tipping point: only 18 percent of consumers using telemedicine (US) (How long, how long?)
One more Prior Information Notice–and Yes, Prime Minister, some Advice (UK) (Two more to consider before the holiday fruitcake)
End of year action: Vivify/InTouch, Medtronic, NYCEDC winners, ActiveProtective, Adidas exits wearables, Fitbit (The last minute deal rush)
FCC’s actions on Rural Health Care and Connect2Health for cancer–-relief from ‘net neut’ neurosis (A better concentration on what matters)
Tender Alert: Oxfordshire County Council, Housing & Care 21 Birmingham (Two more to be interested in–but hurry)
The ‘health kiosk’ idea is alive and kicking from New York to France (Not dead yet!)
Tender/PIN Alert: NHS North of England, Highlands & Islands Enterprise NHS Market Ready (A few more)
A basket of reflections, considerations on CVS-Aetna: Epic, Cerner, the model, and hospitals’ role (It’s not going to be simple or easy)

More on the ground-breaking CVS-Aetna merger–our canary is preparing. We wade into the rivers of Babylon Health’s pilots. A present of a large box of Tender Alerts for our UK companies.

Tender Alert: NHS England, London South Bank, Univ. of Leeds, NHS Digital, Halifax, Healthy New Towns (The last is big…really big)
Babylon Health: correcting earlier NW London CCG report; other concerns raised by CQC report (A deeper dive into The Rivers of Babylon and lessons to learn)
CVS-Aetna: the canary says that DOJ likely to review merger–plus further analysis and developments (It faces legal headwinds, may not make the most business sense–and has international repercussions affecting Walgreens Boots)

Of continued interest….

Analysis of the CVS-Aetna merger: a new era, a canary in a mine–or both? (Are US healthcare execs in shock?)
#MedMo17: the conference, winning startups, Bayer, blockchain, and more (A lively conference report!)

OnePerspective: VA shows how technology can improve mental health care (Telemental health’s expansion chronicled in our new section)

Mayo Clinic’s Victor Montori MD calls for a ‘patient revolt’ for ‘careful and kind care’ (Expanding minimally disruptive medicine concept)
HeyDoctor! Come and get your diagnosis via text here! (Intriguing, but we see the downside)

NHS ‘GP at hand’ via Babylon Health tests in London–and generates controversy (Hits a GP brick wall)
Breaking: FDA approves the first drug with a digital ingestion tracking system (Proteus only took 16 years)

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January’s Crazy Week: JP Morgan, StartUp Health, Health 2.0 WinterTech…and CES takes the cake!

This week is Crazy Week for healthcare and technology folk, with multiple major events centered in San Francisco and Las Vegas.

JP Morgan’s 36th annual healthcare conference started today 8 Jan through Thursday 11 Jan in San Francisco. It annually hosts 450 companies presenting to 9,000 attendees. It attracts hundreds of investors and is A Very Big Deal for both investors and companies angling for same. It kicked off with Medtronic‘s Omar Ishrak touting their success with Tyrx, an anti-microbial resorbable envelope for their cardiac devices to prevent post-surgical infection. In value-based care, it may not be in itself reimbursable, but improves outcomes (MedCityNews). The official hashtag for the conference is #JPMHC18 but there’s also #JPM18.

Of interest to Readers will be Teladoc’s presentation at JPM, provided by Seeking Alpha

CNBC’s tip sheet on the action. Genalyte‘s lab-on-a-chip demos their blood sampling in 15 minutes technique to MedCityNews writer. And Vive La Biotech–why American investors should be looking at French companies.

Within the event is the invite-only StartUp Health Festival Monday and Tuesday which hashtags at #startuphealth. Separately, but with many of the usual suspects, is Health 2.0’s one-day WinterTech conference in San Francisco the following day on Wednesday 10 Jan, also with an investment focus. (You can imagine the investor and company hopping between conference locations!) Alex Fair is also leading a Meetup tweetup for the week–more information here. You may also want to check out #pinksockspinksocks is an ad hoc group dedicated to health and wellness innovation and doctor-patient connectedness.

Further south, the sprawl of Las Vegas has been taken over by the sprawl of CES (aptly dubbed ‘Whoa!’) starting Tuesday 9 Jan through Friday 12 Jan. The substantial health tech focus (more…)

Looking back over Telehealth & Telecare Aware’s predictions for 2014, part II

click to enlargeEditor Charles has treated you to a look back on his 2014 predictions, daring Editor Donna to look back on hers. Were they ‘Decidedly so’, ‘Yes’, ‘Reply hazy, try again’ or ‘My sources say no’? Read on…

On New Year’s Day 2014, it looked like “the year of reckoning for the ‘better mousetraps’”? But the reckoning wasn’t quite as dramatic as this Editor thought.

We are whipping past the 2012-13 Peak of Inflated Expectations in health tech, diving into the Trough of Disillusionment in 2014.

There surely were companies which turned up ‘Insolvent with a great idea’ in Joe Hage’s (LinkedIn’s huge Medical Devices Group) terms, but it was more a year of Big Ideas Going Sideways than Crash and Burns.

Some formerly Great Ideas may have a future, just not the one originally envisioned. (more…)

Faux Glass: not just a knockoff, but a sendup

click to enlargeNeed to impress your Silicon Valley/Alley buds, but the exchequer is low? Didn’t get to be a Glass Explorer on the first round? Fret no more! Faux Glass is here. It’s missing a few things that Glass has–like a phone, photo/video camera, a GPS, internet search access smack in your eye–but does have a magnifier, a spotlight and eight LED indicator lights which light in sequence to a “crack me up” command, like Where the Faux (the product’s built in GPS to nowhere), Faux-to Shop (for fixing photos never taken), and What the Faux (for general searching). All on Indiegogo for $1,480 less than Glass! “They’re not fake anything; they’re real Faux” says Faux-In-Chief Robin Raskin (who’s also a tech journalist, author and founder of Living in Digital Times and FashionWare). The full court press on Faux Glass is of course leading up to International CES in January and their conferences including the Digital Health Summit. Ms Raskin through this also reminds us that crowdfunding and digital tech is not to be taken too seriously. PRWeb release. Website.

Of course there’s the possible faux that presents itself as seriously real, or what’s been dubbed ‘scampaigns’ on crowdfunding sites like…Indiegogo. (more…)

Digital Health Summit @ CEWeek adds speakers

If you are in the New York area or can get there on 26 June, you should be attending the Digital Health Summit at CEWeek. There is a definite ‘made in NY’ focus with local healthcare technology companies increasingly being backed by investors [TTA 14 May MIT Forum conference report]. Topics include ‘five technologies we’re betting your health on’, sports and fitness devices and apps, sensors in a wide variety of clothing and other applications, and pharma in the age of digital. Companies include Aetna/Healthagen, Etymotic (quiet sound amplification), Medivizor (personalized e-patient content), SecuraTrac (mPERS), GreatCall and Qardio (vital signs sensors). This Editor will be attending CEWeek exhibits and events, including the DHS, next week; watch this space for a report. For more information, click the sidebar advert.

Disclosure: TTA is a media partner of the Digital Health Summit.