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TTA’s Autumn Falls #4: Amazon Care’s slow growth, Google Care Studio’s app, Grand Rounds rebrands, Theranos’ silty bottomless deception well, more!

...bought? The sprint of digital mental health continues.) Another Google termination: Google Streams clinical support app used by NHS (Another broken healthcare toy) Amazon’s Chime telehealth solution rang Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s bells–case study (How hospital IT can innovate under pressure) Is healthcare too much for Big Tech’s Google and Apple? Look at the track record. And David Feinberg’s $34M Cerner package. (Too much, too soon?) Our weekend lead news is Google Health’s shutdown, with its head graduating to the Big Job at Cerner. Rockley Photonics may be revolutionizing the smartwatch with its photonic vitals sensors. Sharecare expands health... Continue Reading

Short takes: Google’s Care Studio app debuts, Modern Age’s healthy (aging) $27M Series A, OnSky Health launches pad-based RPM

Care Studio, Google’s EHR search tool and patient record organizer, will be available to clinicians as a mobile app. The desktop version is in the process of acceptance testing with Ascension Health and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). The company is looking to pilot the tool in Q4 or Q1 2022. Care Studio is capable of cross-checking information from multiple EHRs, accessing a patient summary, patient location, a “one-liner” provided from a previous note and a link back to the source, vitals and labs. The Google spokesman’s comments emphasize privacy, which is understandable given Care Studio’s earlier incarnation as... Continue Reading

News roundup: Grand Rounds rebrands as Included Health, HealthEdge buys Wellframe, TytoCare rings Google Chime

Grand Rounds Health rebranding to Included Health. Virtual care and navigation telehealth company Grand Rounds, which merged with Doctor On Demand back in May, is adopting the new and inclusive name, Included Health. Aside from the full rebranding as a company that is “turning the existing model on its head” for those who “feel marginalized by today’s healthcare, and it’s all about subtraction, taking things away from us,” as Owen Tripp, CEO stated in the announcement at HLTH21, it’s also a convenient name. Around the time the merger was being finalized, this Editor noted that Grand Rounds had acquired a... Continue Reading

TTA’s Autumn Falls #3: Theranos cost Safeway, Walgreens $520M; Walgreens buys majority of VillageMD, CareCentrix: Babylon, Devoted Health, Lark’s big raises–more!

...healthcare too much for Big Tech’s Google and Apple? Look at the track record. And David Feinberg’s $34M Cerner package. (Too much, too soon?) Our weekend lead news is Google Health’s shutdown, with its head graduating to the Big Job at Cerner. Rockley Photonics may be revolutionizing the smartwatch with its photonic vitals sensors. Sharecare expands health ed and enters the once-sleepy home care biz. Humana also bets big on home care with Kindred, SDOH heats up, Maven’s a unicorn, and Carrots are on the healthcare plate with the trimmings. Breaking: Google Health shutting down, most employees scattered to other... Continue Reading

TTA’s Autumn Falls #2: Theranos trial–the lab director grilled, well done; Babylon Health’s SPAC coming up shortly; Babylon and Teladoc move into virtual full service primary care

...Headspace Health (Better to merge than to be bought? The sprint of digital mental health continues.) Another Google termination: Google Streams clinical support app used by NHS (Another broken healthcare toy) Amazon’s Chime telehealth solution rang Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s bells–case study (How hospital IT can innovate under pressure) Is healthcare too much for Big Tech’s Google and Apple? Look at the track record. And David Feinberg’s $34M Cerner package. (Too much, too soon?) Our weekend lead news is Google Health’s shutdown, with its head graduating to the Big Job at Cerner. Rockley Photonics may be revolutionizing the smartwatch... Continue Reading

TTA’s Autumn Falls #1: Theranos trial witness slugfests, Walgreens chats with Evolent Health on a buy

...pay package for its new CEO shows you that crime does not pay, but healthcare certainly does! Mental health apps Headspace, Ginger to merge into $3B Headspace Health (Better to merge than to be bought? The sprint of digital mental health continues.) Another Google termination: Google Streams clinical support app used by NHS (Another broken healthcare toy) Amazon’s Chime telehealth solution rang Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s bells–case study (How hospital IT can innovate under pressure) Is healthcare too much for Big Tech’s Google and Apple? Look at the track record. And David Feinberg’s $34M Cerner package. (Too much, too... Continue Reading

Mental health apps Headspace, Ginger to merge into $3B Headspace Health

...role of President for the combined entity. Digital mental health continues to be hot in a hot August. Headspace, which started as a mindfulness and meditation app in 2010, then sidled into behavioral coaching to mitigate stress and aid in sleep, to date raised $216 million through a Series C (Crunchbase). Ginger, a cognitive therapy service with both self-guided coaching and psychiatric video consults, was founded in 2011 and raised $220 million through a Series E. Headspace has a direct to consumer focus with business partnerships with Google, Roche, and employers, while Ginger has developed into a benefit for payers... Continue Reading

Another Google termination: Google Streams clinical support app used by NHS

...service’s end. Deep Mind, Google’s AI skunk works until it was also smushed into Google, started up the Streams app with the Royal Free in 2016 or 2017 and announced plans to integrate AI into it which never came to fruition. The predictive modeling came from the NHS. In the midst of five-year contracts with various Trusts, Streams was handed off in 2018 to Google Health, requiring 1) new contracts because Google was now handling patient data, and 2) dealing with the security and NHS restrictions. Still, the Trusts sustained the app till earlier this year, except for Royal Free’s... Continue Reading

Amazon’s Chime telehealth solution rang Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s bells–case study

A short case study that shows what Big Tech–and attuned clinical IT people–can do under pressure. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), a Harvard Medical School affiliate, had at the start of the Covid pandemic limited and multiple telehealth systems for 1,400 physicians. They quickly adopted systems such as SnapMD, Google Meet, Zoom, Doximity, and Doxy.me. They were not interoperable nor did they interface well with their EHR. While this was going on and in parallel, BIDMC’s tech team developed and deployed a new integrated telehealth system using Amazon Chime on the existing AWS platform. This integrated video conferencing into... Continue Reading

Is healthcare too much for Big Tech’s Google and Apple? Look at the track record. And David Feinberg’s $34M Cerner package.

...Google Health and former employees, Cerner’s necessary SEC disclosure today of new CEO and president David Feinberg, MD’s compensation package was sure to create some talk in Googleville among his now-scattered team. $34.5 million over the next 15 months is structured as follows: $900,000 base salary a target cash bonus of $1.35 million a one-time cash bonus of $375,000 stock $13.5 million in Cerner’s restricted shares for 2022 $3.375 million in stock shares for the fourth quarter of 2021 a new hire award of $15 million in restricted stock shares to offset his equity loss with Google. Whew! Becker’s HealthIT... Continue Reading