All new between a busy news week and some catchup. Deals continue to roll–$20B buys a lot of Nuance for Microsoft. Mayo Clinic finally rolls out its clinical decision platform, along with two companies to support it. Oscar Health starts marketing its systems, software you don’t have to clear with FDA, and a brand new event from HLTH and CHIME. And dogs can be trained to detect COVID–is there anything they 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 functions no longer classified as medical devices under FDA. (One for the techies. And anything you don’t have to clear with FDA makes for a good day.)
News and deal roundup: Microsoft’s $20B deal for Nuance; Cigna Evernorth finalizes MDLive; GoodRx buys HealthiNation; Papa’s $60M Series C (And the money is still rolling)
‘Most Reputable’ healthcare technology companies ranked (A few surprises)
We take stock of a killer Q1 in funding/M&A, Zipnosis triage acquired by an insurtech, a repositioned Google-powered patient info search tool, Care Studio–plus news from US to Down Under.
Short takes 9 April: Doro phones to elderly isolated; funding to Vesta Healthcare, Zedsen; Anthem partners with Canvas EMR, Health Metrics (AU) new owner
Google’s Care Studio patient record search tool to pilot at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Steering clear of the Project Nightingale controversy)
Deal and news roundup: Therapy Brands’ big KKR investment, AppliedVR’s non-painful $29M Series A; Akili tests cognitive-boosting games; Firefly Health lights up $40M; Mastercard-b.well partner, two big IPOs filed, more (Whew!!)
A smash Q1 for digital health funding–but the SPAC party may be winding down fast (SPACs under scrutiny; popularity has its downside)
Zipnosis, health system telemedicine/triage provider, acquired by insurtech Bright Health Group (Extending their care delivery capabilities tied to insurance)
For Easter Holiday week, we took a break from the M&A action with only an early SPAC, SOC Telemed, buying rival Access Physicians, and one notable raise. DOJ decides that the Optum buy of Change Healthcare needs a closer look. And an interview with Amwell’s CEO touching on Amazon Care and a POV on the uneasy marriage of healthcare and tech needing a pre-nup.
Weekend reading: the strange reasons why Amwell doesn’t consider Amazon a competitor; ground rules for the uneasy marriage of healthcare and technology (Both articles revealing in their own way. Do healthcare and tech need a pre-nup?)
Deals and news roundup, April Fool’s Edition: SOC Telemed’s $196M acute care telehealth buy, HIMSS takes over SCAN Health, Livongo’s Burke joins Owlet board, CirrusMD text app raises $20M (A quieter week than most recently!)
US Department of Justice decides additional scrutiny needed of $13bn Optum acquisition of Change Healthcare (Change won’t come quickly to Optum)
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