TTA’s Independence Week Special redux: whither CVS-Aetna’s future, EHRs in the news for doctor burnout and in Malaysia, GreatCall’s mobile PERS lawsuit


A sanguine look at CVS-Aetna’s possible merger denial indicates it may not be all bad. EHRs in the news as another cause of doctor burnout, and Malaysia’s $360M implementation plan. GreatCall’s lawsuit on its mobile PERS–and how not to approach an Editor on said subject. 

A measured look at the uncertainty around the CVS-Aetna merger (A numbers-backed perspective that says an un-merger may not be all bad)
Malaysia to spend over $360M for EHRs over the next five years (Only a few markets left for EHRs in Asia)
EHR system-generated emails/inbasket messages contributing to burnout in 36% of doctors: study (And EHRs were going to fix 21st Century Medicine)
The GreatCall Lively Mobile Plus Federal District Court lawsuit–and TTA (A few thoughts about Doing Right and The Right Approach)

The first formal week of summer brings good news for several companies from startups to ‘teenagers’, Best Buy, and vets at suicide risk–and not good news with the shuttering of a recently profiled company and HIMSS’ “strategic” Cleveland exit. 

News roundup: Phreesia’s IPO, Chiptech enters UK telecare market, PatientsLikeMe goes to UHP, Medopad-Tencent UK Parkinson’s pilot, Oxford VR goes to HK, Cigna Singapore’s telehealth intro, HIMSS exiting Cleveland
VA’s REACH Vet uses algorithms and AI to predict critical mental health needs–including suicide risk (Reducing veteran suicide)
SNF emergency telehealth provider Call9 shuts down most operations, after $34M raise (updated) (Sad news, and the dark side of the bubble)
Best Buy enlarges health tech footprint with Tyto Care expansion, connected fitness products (updated) (Best Buy’s multiple digital health efforts keep growing)

The FCC finally gets its Connected Care going, Finland’s hot health tech, teledentistry startups. Spinoffs, events and new CEOs–but is Cisco’s TV telehealth a little too retro even for older adults?

News roundup: The state of Finland’s health tech, American Well-Cisco team for TV consults, Tech for Quality Care in Manchester 9 July
FCC’s $100M Connected Care Pilot Program for rural areas up for July vote
Comings & goings: The TeleDentists go DTC, gains Reis as CEO; University of Warwick spinoff Augmented Insights debuts (UK); a new CEO leads GrandCare Systems

Best Buy increases its telehealth footprint with CST buy. But CVS-Aetna is apparently going to be a long time in court.

Best Buy buys Critical Signal Technologies, increasing telehealth footprint (More chips on their big bet on health tech)
CVS-Aetna merger will run off the tracks in Federal court: reports (Not looking good for them or other companies involved, but there’s always appeals)

Digital health’s promise to democratize and commoditize health remains elusive. CVS-Aetna finally has its days–three–in court, and the implications.

Digital health: why is it a luxury good in a world crying for health as a commodity? (Three big reasons)
The CVS-Aetna hearing is on the move–finally (Day 1 of a 3-day hearing)

If you’ve missed behavioral and predictive telecare, IBM may be on The Road To Revival with its LiDAR pilot. And Call9 may be just the savings number for SNFs–and a life-saving one for patients.

IBM gives sensor-based in-home behavioral tracking a self-driving car ‘spin’ in the UK with Cera Care (LiDAR powered, just like AV cars)
Call9 and an ’embedded’ approach to emergency response in nursing homes (A cost and life-saving area, ignored till recently)

Leading up to the official start of summer (both US and UK), Teladoc gets ‘corrected’, Epic adds Tyto Care to patient portal, Bayer’s G4A and Yorkshire & Humber accelerate, GSK awards. Digital health goes to summer school in Florence 24-27 June, but you’ll be back for DHACA Day in London 9 July.

Global news roundup: Italy’s digital health summer school, GSK Impact Awards, Propel@YH for Yorkshire & Humber digital health, Aging 2.0 engages seniors
Bayer 2019 G4A Partnerships now open for applications through 31 May (An accelerator with international impact–apply quickly!)
Tyto Care telehealth integrates with Epic EHR MyChart patient app (A digital exam integrates with the big, bad EHR)
Breaking News–Teladoc: while accredited by NCQA, placed on ‘under corrective action’ status (updated) (Not good short term, but this 9,000 lb elephant is not going anywhere)
Next DHACA Day 9th July, London – seeking new members (psst–it’s free) (Get help to develop your UK digital health products and services)

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