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Meta Pixel ad tracker collects another 3 million data breaches at Advocate Aurora Health; Zuckerberg getting Senate scrutiny

...if you had a proxy MyChart account, your first name and the first name of your proxy.” It did not collect social security number, financial accounts, credit cards, or debit card information. At this point, there is no reported misuse of information. Bleeping Computer, HealthcareITNews That this is at all problematic is being vigorously denied by Facebook. But in an unusual move, Senator John Warner (D-VA) sent a letter yesterday to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, containing seven fairly rigorous questions based on The Markup’s articles to be answered by 3 November. This follows on Sen. Jon Ossoff’s request via the... Continue Reading

Let the lawsuits begin: Meta sued by health system patient for Meta Pixel info gathering

That was fast. Class action game on! Today’s reports of a class action lawsuit being filed against Meta Friday in the US District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco is going to be only the first. The ‘John Doe’ plaintiff, a patient of Baltimore-based Medstar Health System and a Facebook user, claims that he is filing on behalf of “millions of other Americans whose medical privacy has been violated by Facebook’s Pixel tracking tool.” Four law firms are involved in the lawsuit. It follows on last week’s investigative report by The Markup and STAT on the... Continue Reading

Theranos, The Trial of Elizabeth Holmes closes, ch. 15: she believed! in the technology!

...led Holmes-as-Trilby to not be in control of herself as CEO, even after he departed. The prosecution returned for rebuttals. John Bostic countered the defense claim of Holmes’ belief with “the disease that plagued Theranos wasn’t a lack of effort, it was a lack of honesty.” “We see a CEO of a company who was so desperate for the company to succeed, so afraid of failure, that she was willing to do anything.” Bostic also reminded the jury that they needed to put Holmes’ claims of emotional abuse by Balwani aside since there was “no evidence connecting the allegations of... Continue Reading

Theranos, The Trial of Elizabeth Holmes, ch. 13: a crescendo of ‘I don’t knows’ and ‘I don’t remembers’…and the defense rests! (updated)

...Did she not believe that then? She then proceeded not to remember that she forwarded the article via email to investors on 12 June 2014. “I think I could have handled those communications differently.” More not knowing or remembering. Were Theranos labs being used on military medevacs, as witnesses from Walgreens and Safeway, among others, have testified? Was Walgreens told of difficulties with the Theranos labs? Did or didn’t she dismiss concerns raised by Erika Cheung and Tyler Shultz to John Carreyrou of the WSJ as coming from disgruntled employees? Did she present a 2015 revenue projection of nearly $1... Continue Reading

Theranos, The Trial of Elizabeth Holmes, ch. 12: all bucks stop with the CEO (updated)

...$200 million, and then a cascade of funds following them. All of whom should have known better, admittedly. In 2015, Holmes went directly to one of her investors, Rupert Murdoch, CEO of News Corporation and owner of the Wall Street Journal, to have John Carreyrou’s investigative reports killed. To Murdoch’s great credit, not only did the stories run, but also Carreyrou was legally defended against the mad-dog attorneys of Boies Schiller snapping at his heels. Boies Schiller also harassed and tracked former employees-turned-whistleblowers Erika Cheung and Tyler Shultz. Holmes also approved hiring the killer ‘oppo’ research of Fusion GPS. The... Continue Reading

Theranos, The Trial of Elizabeth Holmes, ch. 11: Holmes’ widening gyre of diffusion of blame–and abuse

...shadow on Silicon Valley. At Theranos, Holmes became the public founder/face and Balwani the behind-the-scenes business planner–plus a bare knucks ‘enforcer’ on the daily life of the company, according to John Carreyrou. Business Insider The rest of the story is about Balwani’s getting rough with her when she ‘displeased’ him, rough enough to be hurt, swollen, and not able to get up, in her account from a 2015 incident. She moved out the following year and he left the company in May 2016. Not all Pygmalion stories end well and all too often, they end like this. Yet the prosecution... Continue Reading

Theranos, The Trial of Elizabeth Holmes, ch. 5: how to easily fool rich people and their investment offices

...she was The Second Coming of Steve Jobs, it’s an audacious statement worthy of Napoleon or George S. Patton–which she had to walk back to Mr. Cramer and others in the press by early 2016 when the John Carreyrou/WSJ reporting made its own impact. The family offices questioned Holmes, of course, based on the email trail–and Theranos consistently downplayed the news to them as well as denying anything was wrong to the press. What this Editor would like to know is once the signals went sideways, did any of these private offices’ investment managers get into Theranos to do some... Continue Reading

Theranos, The Trial of Elizabeth Holmes: ch. 1

...News, The Verge Today, John Carreyrou, who broke la scandale Theranos in The Wall Street Journal and authored the book Bad Blood, filed a motion to stop being barred from court. Cleverly, La Holmes’ defense put him on the witness list but not subpoenaed him. Being on the witness list, however, means he cannot attend any part of the trial or publicly discuss his testimony, if given, without permission from Judge Davila. “Placing Carreyrou on the witness list was done in bad faith and was designed to harass him,” the motion claimed, calling his placement on the list “a cynical... Continue Reading

Telehealth Wars: Amwell’s raises game with buys of SilverCloud and Conversa Health (updated); Teladoc’s slow member, hospital growth lead to $133M Q2 loss

...Mobihealthnews Update 2 August. The Irish Times, undoubtedly working a local contact at Silver Cloud, ascertained that Silver Cloud was purchased by Amwell for a price in excess of $250 million. That means a tidy payday of €23 million ($27.3 million) for the company’s founders – Ken Cahill, James Bligh, Karen Tierney, Dr John Sharry, and Gavin Doherty. If that is so, Conversa was bought for $70 million or less. One wonders why a shell game tactic was used, as Conversa is known to be an early-stage company. Hat tip to HISTalk today. For Teladoc, growing beyond urgent care, plus... Continue Reading

Telemental Health Care Access Act introduced in US Senate to repeal in-person requirements for mental telehealth care

Eliminating the Medicare requirement for an in-person visit prior to telehealth used for mental health services. Yesterday, the Telemental Health Care Access Act of 2021 (PDF link) was introduced in the US Senate. It is a bipartisan bill sponsored by four senators, Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), Tina Smith (D-MN), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and John Thune (R-SD). It specifically amends Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure coverage of mental health services furnished through telehealth without a prior in-person visit. The 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act on one hand removed the geographic restrictions for Medicare, but on the other imposed... Continue Reading