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Thursday news roundup: Walmart hiring 50K workers including health, Anthem name-changing, GE Healthcare-AliveCor partner, IPO for Komodo Health amid slowdown?

...to explain, but they feed their 325 million patient encounter database drawn from EHR, pharma, lab, and government data into proprietary software to map patient journeys, providing analytics on more than 325 de-identified, real-world patient insights. These are used to drive better health outcomes across therapeutic areas. The primary markets for their data are life sciences and pharma for R&D, clinical trials, and medical affairs, but are seeking to expand to providers and payers. Other IPOs rumored to be on tap are Included Health (the former Grand Rounds/Doctor on Demand) [TTA 20 Oct 2021] and Tempus Labs in precision medicine.... Continue Reading

Weekend short takes, UK edition: Tunstall acquires Germany’s BeWo, AWS UK healthtech accelerator launches, Fidgetbum bed sleep aid gains US patent

...95% of the data that sits outside the healthcare system to link doctors and patients Birdie, a tech platform for home care providers Abtrace, which uses data to detect, monitor, and treat long-term disease Thymia, which analyses speech, video, and behavioral data gathered via video games to assess patients’ mental health conditions The four-week accelerator programs will help the startups in business models, regulatory pathways, clinical validation, electronic health record integration, specialized AWS training and promotional credits, mentoring from healthcare domain and technical subject matter experts, business development, go-to-market guidance, and investment guidance. The group was selected in partnership with... Continue Reading

What can be the long-term drivers of remote patient monitoring growth?

Is it as simple as getting simpler to use devices to collect long-term data that picks up trends and provides feedback that motivates to users? That is the surprise at the very end of this pre-HIMSS Healthcare IT News interview with Dr. Waqaas Al-Siddiq, chairman, CEO, and founder of Biotricity, a biometric monitoring and telemedicine company incorporating devices into monitoring systems for cardiac and pain management. Those of us who have worked for RPM companies know the variety of devices typically used by those monitored for chronic conditions can be stunning–and most of them aren’t easy to use for those... Continue Reading

The shoe dropped: DOJ sues to block UnitedHealth Group-Change Healthcare merger. What’s next?

...from the start in that the acquisition would give UHG an unfair advantage against their payer competition and squelch innovation. These are from the DOJ release and the complaint filed today (24 February) in the US District Court for the District of Columbia. UHG is the US’ largest insurer and also a major controller of health data. Change is a major competitor to UHG/OptumInsight in health care claims technology systems, which was the basis of the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) objections. The acquisition would eliminate a major competitor to UHG in claims processing. Moreover, Change is “United’s only major rival... Continue Reading

Thursday news roundup: Teladoc’s cheery 2021, uncertain 2022; DOJ deadline UnitedHealth-Change Sunday, Cerner’s earnings swan song, Humana feels the activist lash; funding/M&A for WellSky, Health Catalyst, Minded, Automata, MediBuddy

...quick takes from the US, UK, and India… WellSky is acquiring TapCloud for an undisclosed amount. WellSky is a data analytics and care coordination automation company in the acute care and home care markets, with TapCloud a patient-facing engagement and communication platform. Release Another data analytics company, Health Catalyst, is bolstering capabilities with its agreement to buy KPI Ninja, a provider of interoperability solutions and population health analytics. Purchase price and management transitions undisclosed, though from the release it appears that all KPI Ninjas will be onboarded. Minded, a NYC-based mental health med management company, scored $25 million in seed... Continue Reading

The ‘digital premium’ in the future of health, housing, and social care explored in new GGI paper

...support the move forward from the ongoing Covid pandemic.” Funded by a grant by Legrand Care, the report explores four themes at the heart of the digital premium: place, predictive technology and population health, security and wellbeing at home, and new digital standards. It is the second paper in the series, the first published in 2020 [TTA 26 Feb 2020]. The GGI created this report using multiple methods including desktop research, interviews, roundtables with NHS and other key public, third sector, and private organizations (in the UK and internationally), with an editorial board made up of senior health, housing, and... Continue Reading

DOJ to block UnitedHealth-Change Healthcare buy: report

...Pharmacists Association. Announced in January, the merger approval had been tabled in August and October/November, with the closing delayed accordingly, so the DOJ action resulting from their mandatory review under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Act (HSR) was anticipated. Even in August, the delay did not bode well for this $8 billion in cash/$5 billion in debt deal. What’s at issue here is the consolidation of data and businesses both UH and Change are in–health IT and revenue cycle management–and reduced competition that drives up costs for health systems and providers. As this Editor observed in March, OptumInsight, Optum’s data analytics unit,... Continue Reading

Wednesday roundup: Amazon Care now (actually) nationwide, Australia’s Eucalyptus telehealth’s A$60M, Withings 2 buys, Glooko buys xbird, HoloLens for nurse-GP comms in Cumbria

...is to accumulate and own national healthcare data on the service’s users. Then they will monetize it by selling it to pharmaceutical companies, payers, developers, and other commercial third parties in and ex-US. Patients may want to think twice. On a lighter note, Australia’s Eucalyptus telehealth scored a tidy Series C of A$60 million ($42 million), led by Airbnb and Canva’s early investor, BOND, plus previous investors. Eucalyptus’ telehealth platform markets five services: men’s health-focused Pilot, women’s fertility brand Kin, skincare site Software, sexual health business Normal, and menopause service Juniper. The fresh funds will go towards software development and... Continue Reading

The devil is in the (migrated) data: GAO watchdog barks at the VA’s transition from VistA to Cerner

...to use it, the data migration apparently was incomplete. The GAO found that the VA did not establish performance measures and goals for migrated data quality based on Federal guidance. The result was inevitable. According to the report, “clinicians experienced challenges with the quality of migrated data, including their accessibility, accuracy, and appropriateness.” There is also a method called a stakeholder register which helps to identify and engage all key stakeholders. VA did not use this, so some areas were overlooked in the continuity of reporting and preservation of records. This affects not only patient records, but also scheduling. The... Continue Reading

Predictions, predictions for telehealth, digital health, and all those cybersecurity risks

...points of vulnerability Over 80% of surveyed healthcare providers globally harbor concerns about data security and privacy (Kaspersky/Arlington Research). And a shocking 70% admitted that their practice used outdated legacy operating systems, exposing them to security vulnerabilities. “A culture of security” means maintaining endpoint security and BYOD policies across the organization’s network, identity management and zero trust tactics, and yes, security consciousness on patients’ parts. Patients should not be responsible for security, providers partly, which leaves the responsibility with the vendor. But healthcare organizations are responsible for evaluating their vendors, and how they are interacting with and storing their data.... Continue Reading