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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