...key info) VA renews Oracle Cerner EHR contract, but with multiple caveats, metrics, and annual renegotiations (Oracle and VA remain on the Congressional griddle) Breaking & updated–Time’s Up! Ninth Circuit Court to Elizabeth Holmes: proceed to Federal prison. District Court: surrender 30 May, pay $452M in restitution with Sunny. (Elizabeth may have done the crime, but Liz will do the time) Monday roundup: Envision files Ch. 11, who’s to blame for Meta Pixel abuse?, CVS Health to shut clinical trials unit, Amino Health scoops $80M, DocGo flat but optimistic, Owlet way down in revenue (Companies new and old struggle financially,... Continue Reading
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TTA’s Spring Warmup 2: closer look at Kaiser-Geisinger, VA renews Oracle contract, Holmes to prison 30 May, Envision’s Ch. 11, Validic-Trapollo, Meta Pixel in court, CVS shuts clinical trials, fundings, more!
...caveats, metrics, and annual renegotiations (Oracle and VA remain on the Congressional griddle) Breaking & updated–Time’s Up! Ninth Circuit Court to Elizabeth Holmes: proceed to Federal prison. District Court: surrender 30 May, pay $452M in restitution with Sunny. (Elizabeth may have done the crime, but Liz will do the time) Monday roundup: Envision files Ch. 11, who’s to blame for Meta Pixel abuse?, CVS Health to shut clinical trials unit, Amino Health scoops $80M, DocGo flat but optimistic, Owlet way down in revenue (Companies new and old struggle financially, technologically) This week’s big news (other than the Coronation and The... Continue Reading
Monday roundup: Envision files Ch. 11, who’s to blame for Meta Pixel abuse?, CVS Health to shut clinical trials unit, Amino Health scoops $80M, DocGo flat but optimistic, Owlet way down in revenue
...Orleans plus Willis-Knighton Health in northwest Louisiana (Healthcare Dive). If the District Court finds that Meta, and possibly other ad trackers such as those from Google, Twitter, or Bing were not inherently liable for personal health data violations that monetized PHI, then the health systems are 100% on the hook for the data breaches (or ‘wiretapping’ in a creative use of terminology). It also makes the potential paydays possibly less lucrative–in the eyes of this Editor, as Meta and Google have far deeper pockets than any ol’ health system. SC Media, Paubox The Meta Pixel backstory here CVS Health to... Continue Reading
TTA’s Spring Warmup: Babylon’s reorg to private company, Cano Health’s big loss, DEA extends prescribing waiver, Australia’s EHR getting modernized, Syneos $7.1B, Envision Ch. 11, more!
Weekly Update This week’s big news (other than the Coronation and The Trouble With Harry ;-) is mainly around Former Digital Health Darling Babylon Health, going private from a cracked SPAC, reorganization…and administration? The Cano Health BOD soap opera continues with a big loss. DEA gives a breather to telemental health prescribers. Syneos proves that CROs are golden, but Envision staffing not. And a big EHR hack hits NextGen. Week-end roundup: Cano Health’s $60M loss and divesting, Oscar Health exits CA, UCSF Meta Pixel lawsuit narrows, Syneos goes private for $7.1B, Envision nears Ch. 11, Australia’s A$429M EHR... Continue Reading
Week-end roundup: Cano Health’s $60M loss and divesting, Oscar Health exits CA, UCSF Meta Pixel lawsuit narrows, Syneos goes private for $7.1B, Envision nears Ch. 11, Australia’s A$429M EHR modernization funded
...have 35,000 members, their medical loss ratios (MLR) are over 100% versus the desired 80%. (MLR, a key metric in exchange plans, is defined as the proportion of total paid medical service claims and all quality improvement activities together, then dividing that number by the total premium revenue minus all allowable deductions. New CEO Mark Bertolini says they will return when Oscar reshapes their product offerings and strategy. This Editor hears a heavy boot drop. Healthcare Dive Lawsuits of health systems on Meta Pixel being used to send private patient information to Facebook and other third-party advertisers are now rolling... Continue Reading
Mid-week roundup: Kaiser Permanente to buy Geisinger, setup separate system; GoodRx co-CEOs step down; strong earnings for Centene, Humana; Clover Health stock woes, settles $22M lawsuit
...staying with the company as chief mission officer and chairman respectively. Wagner was formerly CEO of GoDaddy and is a board member of other digital and advertising businesses. In February, GoodRx was the first ‘victim’ of the newly aggressive Federal Trade Commission policies on Meta Pixel and other ad trackers collecting user health-related data and sharing for revenue with Facebook, Google, Criteo, and other advertising sites. The FTC used the Health Breach Notification Rule, created in 2009, to GoodRx in a Federal court with misuse of consumer health information. Even though GoodRx is not a HIPAA-covered entity and they ended... Continue Reading
Breaking: Amazon closes One Medical $3.9B buy, despite loose ends–and is the Antitrust Bear being poked?
...attention for possible misuse of consumer information. Sidebar: This FTC is ‘feeling its oats’ on antitrust. GoodRx found itself making history as FTC’s first culprit of the 2009 Health Breach Notification Rule, used to prosecute companies for misuse of consumer health information. This was for their past use of Meta Pixel, discontinued 2019, to send information to third-party advertisers. One Medical is a HIPAA-covered entity which puts it at a far higher risk level. The Department of Justice (DOJ) has not publicly moved to approve or disapprove–yet. The change of ownership has not been reported as passing muster by regulators... Continue Reading
Ad tracker action heats up: Congress questions DTC telehealth companies on sensitive patient health data sent to advertisers
It looks like telemental and addiction counseling telehealth sites are routinely sending patient information to media ad platforms–Google, Facebook (Meta), TikTok, Microsoft, Snapchat, Bing, Pinterest, and Twitter–to serve ads back to patients. Four Senators sent letters this week to three telehealth companies treating patients: Monument (alcohol addiction), Workit Health (opioid and alcohol), and Cerebral (ADHD and other mental health). The letters questioned the use of ad trackers (pixels) such as Meta Pixel that collect information from telehealth sites and then use the information to send users targeted ads based on that information. Except that this is not about curtains or... Continue Reading
News roundup: GoodRx pays $1.5M to FTC on Meta Pixel use, ATA concerns on Covid PHE end, defending Livongo sale to Teladoc, Philips lays off 18K, Amazon health layoffs–and big ’22 loss, Ireland HSE digital head quits, Matt Hancock assaulted on Tube
News roundup: WakeMed sued on Meta Pixel; Hint Health buys AeroDPC; Neurotrack’s $10M raise, 3 min. cognitive tool intro; layoffs dim Kry, Brightline
WakeMed has been caught up in the litigation surrounding Meta Pixel. The Raleigh, North Carolina area health system installed it on their MyChart patient portal and website, where it was in place for over four years sending information back to Facebook, violating patient privacy and open to unauthorized misuse. The class action lawsuit filed in NC states that it was installed in March 2018 and not removed until June 2022. PHI cited includes names and contact details; computer IP addresses; emergency contact information; check-in information, such as allergies and medications; appointment details; and, in some cases, Social Security numbers or... Continue Reading
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