...1 July to 1 September (Forced by revolting GPs and legal action including an MP) News and deal roundup: OneMedical’s $2.1 bn for Iora, CareDx buys Transplant Hero, Mount Sinai’s Elementa Labs; UK news–NHSX/Babylon, Doro-Everon, Tunstall (May be cooling off a bit) The Theranos Story, ch. 73: the defense tries to stack the jury deck in Holmes’ favor, prosecutors say. And Theranos swag and memes are hot! (Voir dire antics, but is it admiration of or sarcastic fun at the “Girl Boss” “faking it till she made it”?) OnePerspective: How the shift from analogue to digital telephone services affects telecare... Continue Reading
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News and deal roundup: OneMedical’s $2.1 bn for Iora, CareDx buys Transplant Hero, Mount Sinai’s Elementa Labs; UK news–NHSX/Babylon, Doro-Everon, Tunstall
...Babylon technology. However, NHSX has disclaimed any work towards a national program with Babylon as practices reopen throughout the UK. DoroCare UK and Everon announced a partnership on products and services for social care, such as Everon’s Lyra, a cloud-based emergency call system, and Doro’s Eliza, a smartcare hub. Release Tunstall announced the release of the Tunstall Service Platform (TSP) in the UK. It’s described as a connected care software platform supporting the Tunstall Alarm Receiving Centres coordinated by local authorities and social housing providers. It has four unique functions: PNC (call handling), service manager, fieldforce manager, and proactive services.... Continue Reading
The Theranos Story, ch. 73: the defense tries to stack the jury deck in Holmes’ favor, prosecutors say. And Theranos swag and memes are hot!
...coat is supposedly listed for $17,000. Over at Etsy and Redbubble, which sell artist-created items, logo-printed t-shirts and masks, including those with Holmes’ face and the Silicon Valley meme, ‘Fake It Till You Make It’, “Girl Boss” signs, throws, posters (left), and greeting cards. (Good things? Yeesh!) are all over. The funniest is a sweatshirt with ‘Theranos Testing–A Guaranteed Result’. Over on Etsy, a merchant’s most popular Theranos item is a mug emblazoned ‘Theranos Early Investor’. (Is it cracked?) Perhaps Holmes could put her Theranos trinkets and trash online to defray a few costs. Or copyright her image like Bogart?... Continue Reading
OnePerspective: How the shift from analogue to digital telephone services affects telecare provisioning
...Instead, BT will move its customers to a digital Internet Protocol network in readiness for the shutdown of traditional telephone lines in 2025. It’s then that we’ll see the PSTN and all Integrated Services Digital Network lines switched off. These lines are currently used by many telecare services to feed alarm data into their monitoring centres. While the digital migration is underway, analogue telecare alarm services are reporting a rise in the number of failed alarm call attempts – with one service provider reporting a failure rate of 11.5% for the first alarm attempt*. This is concerning. Another concern is... Continue Reading
TTA’s summer startup #2: controversy around NHS’ GPDPR patient database, Babylon Health’s likely SPAC, Tunstall buys Secuvita, more!
...for municipal alarm and technology procurement (A software update that went sideways affects contracts in over 200 municipalities) A small bombshell in the traditional PERS world (yes, it’s still there) is Philips’ sale of Lifeline to Connect America–which two years ago bought Tunstall Americas. Teladoc gets into the cognitive therapy app business–and sends a message–in a big way. Connect America acquires Philips’ Aging and Caregiving, including Lifeline (Big news in aging services, though it’s Old Tech. And another Philips North America divestiture.) Teladoc integrates the myStrength cognitive mental health app with their telehealth network (Sending a message to the smaller... Continue Reading
NHS Digital GPDPR medical database plans criticized by Royal College of GPs, privacy advocates (updated 8 June)
Judith Joy I do not trust the government to respect anything pertaining to personal privacy and human rights and whilst agreeing the importance of data sharing within a publicly owned and accountable NHS is essential for the best treatment, we no longer have this NHS. The Tory stated aim to destroy the NHS within 5 years has happened with the false god competition ending the vital cooperation which enabled our NHS to be the most economic and most successful health service in the world. Why on earth would they stop putting profit before patients as they see their privatisation plan... Continue Reading
TTA’s summer startup #1: Bright Health’s IPO, Noom’s $540M, UK news potpourri, CoverMyMeds big bang, pandemic health effects, deals and funding, more!
...From last week’s mini-update–our ‘top of the pops’ Tunstall excluded from Sweden’s framework agreements for municipal alarm and technology procurement (A software update that went sideways affects contracts in over 200 municipalities) A small bombshell in the traditional PERS world (yes, it’s still there) is Philips’ sale of Lifeline to Connect America–which two years ago bought Tunstall Americas. Teladoc gets into the cognitive therapy app business–and sends a message–in a big way. Connect America acquires Philips’ Aging and Caregiving, including Lifeline (Big news in aging services, though it’s Old Tech. And another Philips North America divestiture.) Teladoc integrates the myStrength... Continue Reading
UK news roundup: West Wales’ CONNECT project, WelcoMe app for disabled access, X-on Surgery Connect expands, Arc Health in 46 care homes, Alcove’s £75M contract with Suffolk County Council
...Suffolk County Council (SCC) valued at £75 million over three years. Renewal is possible for another four years on an annual basis. According to UK Authority, Alcove will be developing a “new operating model for leveraging care technologies and data in the adult social care sector, with the potential to take this into wider health and care.” The procurement contract will be available for other authorities, fire and rescue, ambulance, probation, and community services in the east of England. SCC has been using Alcove technologies, including their Carephone service, to keep isolated older people connected with services during the pandemic.... Continue Reading
TTA’s Chill Spring 2.5: Tunstall excluded from Sweden’s framework, Philips sells Lifeline to Connect America, Teladoc gets into cognitive therapy apps
...can’t do? News roundup: dogs sniffing out COVID, CVS rolling out OTC COVID tests, Hydrogen Health launches, Alcidion UK acquires ExtraMed (Man’s Best Friend can do anything but talk!) ‘Insurtech’ Oscar Health adds +Oscar tech platform to market health plan and member engagement services (Slightly overshadowed by this week’s Oscars for movies no one has seen?) Mayo Clinic creates AI-powered clinical decision/diagnostics support platform, two digital health portfolio companies (What Dr. John Halamka’s been up to) A new event–and not all virtual! HLTH and CHIME to launch ViVE in March 2022. (Another sign of normal business) Good news! Eight software... Continue Reading
Retail giant Walmart’s health arm, Walmart Health, has agreed to purchase privately held telehealth provider MeMD. MeMD provides telehealth services in primary care, urgent care, women’s/men’s health, and mental health services to both individuals and organizations for their employees. Neither purchase price nor executive leadership transitions were disclosed. The transaction, which requires regulatory approval, is expected to close in the next few months. The relatively low profile MeMD was founded in 2010 by ER physician and entrepreneur John Shufeldt, MD. The company is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, and offers national coverage for its five million members. A big move that... Continue Reading