Only a short time to spring, but we endured a bleak week of multiple reckonings. The comeuppances range from the failing VA EHR rollout to former high-flyers Bright Health and Cerebral flirting with failing. FTC now wields a Lizzie Borden-worthy ax on DTC online health. Past the hype, Oak Street and One Medical downsides are revealed. One CEO thought insider trading was OK in 2021! Yet a few hopeful daffodils push through, like Theranica, Walmart Health, and Pixel Watch’s hard fall alert.
Week’s end roundup: Theranica clears, Pixel Watch fall alert, Veradigm delays, Walmart adding 40+ clinics by 2024, Bright Health’s dim future, Ontrak founder charged with insider trading
FTC takes off the gloves: $7.8M fine for Teladoc’s BetterHelp, warns Amazon (and everyone else) on One Medical patient privacy (Call the lawyers)
More VA-Oracle Cerner fallout? Deputy secretary, EHR executive director depart agency (More setbacks and delays in store?)
More gimlety views on CVS-Oak Street Health, Amazon-One Medical acquisitions (Some needed reconsideration going on)
Mid-week roundup: another hurdle for Oracle Cerner VA delay, Walmart builds out clinic infrastructure, Cerebral round 3 layoff of 15%, Evolent Health’s 9% layoff, Quil Health age-in-place tech shuts
A Magic 8 Ball of a week. Amazon-One Medical cheered–but is FTC eyeing them for a wider antitrust suit? Teladoc’s financials continue cloudy. David wins one against Goliath with AliveCor’s ITC review win. Theranos’ Balwani and mom x 2 Holmes appeal as coming appointments with Club Fed near. UHG widens its home care footprint with LHC Group. And is a PBC model a good one for your company?
Should your healthcare organization become a public benefit corporation (PBC)? (A business model that may fit your purpose)
News roundup: UHG closes $5.4B LHC deal, Teladoc’s record $13.7B ’22 loss, Olive AI divesting UM, Cigna exec can’t join CVS, VA anti-suicide program awards, Equiva-Infiniti ACP initiative, Newel Health’s Parkinson’s device
Breaking: Amazon closes One Medical $3.9B buy, despite loose ends–and is the Antitrust Bear being poked? (A contrarian and very gimlety view)
Theranos’ Balwani seeks to remain free during appeal, argues he owes nothing in restitution (updated for Holmes appeal) (Club Fed nears for both)
Breaking: AliveCor wins presidential review on ITC Final Determination on Apple patent infringement (David v. Goliath go on to the PTAB)
Revelations and reorganizations this week. Babylon’s Parsa admits the SPAC was cracked after all. GoodRx’s whacking on ad trackers only the FTC’s first strike. Skepticism reigns about CVS’ buy of Oak Street Health–and Amazon’s One Medical. Avaya has a Chapter 11 reorg and a few more companies lay off to get by. But keeping the blue side up–companies are still getting funding, a lovely Valentine tribute to Dame Esther Rantzen–and we’ve secured a tidy discount to ATA for our Readers.
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Short takes: Avaya’s Ch. 11; Aetna sells India telehealth; fundings for IncludeHealth, Senniors, Thatch, Previa, MDI; layoffs at Collective Health, Vicarious, Olive AI (Our best to Avaya and those seeking work)
A Valentine’s Day tribute to Dame Esther Rantzen (Silver Line UK’s mover & shaker)
Is CVS’ Oak Street Health deal genius? Or a waste of time and $10B? (The skeptics are out for this one)
Mid-week news roundup: Parsa admits Babylon SPAC was ‘big mistake’, FTC’s strategy on GoodRx action, Oracle signs Accenture for VA training, Constellation delays ’22 reports, Emirates Health launches Care.ai and Digital Twin
This was the week the bills came due. DTC telehealth companies now under Federal scrutiny for monetizing patient data via ad trackers. Amazon’s One Medical buy further blocked–are health practices the right move facing a $2.7B loss? Football players pay the butcher’s bill with high rates of CTE. NHS Digital’s bill is that their magic tech fails nurses in the field. And Oak Street Health, facing the red ink bill, took the $10B deal from CVS.
Digital technology falling (even) short(er) in NHS nursing: QNI report (UK) (When you are failing the nurses in the field, you have a problem, London)
Ad tracker action heats up: Congress questions DTC telehealth companies on sensitive patient health data sent to advertisers (No such thing as free money, and the bill is coming due)
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) found in over 90% of deceased NFL player brains: BU study (We return to a past, heavily covered topic in time for Super Bowl)
CVS opens the checkbook, does the Oak Street Health deal for a generous $10.6B (Latest in CVS-Walgreens-UHG war–and DOJ waits in wings)
Amazon gets all tangled up on their $3.9B One Medical buy as FTC widens antitrust scrutiny (Will Amazon stay with it, given their losses?)
Can VA’s Oracle Cerner Millenium Be Saved in the looming Congressional Showdown? Can Congress save telehealth expansion? Can healthcare be saved from relentless cyber attacks? And can Matt Hancock be saved from his run of Bad Luck? Much more this week, plus a Must Read on Teladoc’s mishandled Livongo buy.
Week-end roundup: more House actions on telehealth benefits, VA EHR; Oracle exec moves to FDA digital health; Angle Health raises $58M; layoffs at Akili, Innovaccer, Athenahealth, Mindstrong
News roundup: GoodRx pays $1.5M to FTC on Meta Pixel use, ATA concerns on Covid PHE end, defending Livongo sale to Teladoc, Philips lays off 18K, Amazon health layoffs–and big ’22 loss, Ireland HSE digital head quits, Matt Hancock assaulted on Tube
Killnet racks up 22 more healthcare cybervictims and data thefts; whitepaper on best defense practices (Cyberattacks are inevitable)
Pull the plug on Oracle Cerner in the VA! Two House Representatives urge return to VistA, send bill to Veterans’ Affairs committee (Back to the drawing board?)
A potpourri of news this week from Google’s antitrust lawsuit (and 6% layoff) to Dollar General’s clinic pilot with DocGo mobile vans. Ransomware attacks by AlphV/BlackCat fizzled and the DOJ knocked out Hive. Significant research on micro samples of blood and post-traumatic biomarkers published. Oracle has more VA/MHS problems, engineering head departs. Some funding and grants. And did Elizabeth Holmes really attempt to flee the country?
Rounding out week: Oracle Health engineering head departs; Hive ransomware KO’d by DOJ; Google sued by DOJ on antitrust, lays off another 12,000; Pearl and Precision Neuro raise, Enabled Healthcare ADAPT grant
Mid-week news roundup: CVS Health Virtual Primary Care launches, VA’s two-day Oracle Cerner EHR slowdown, and microsampling blood + wearables for multiple tests (Not quite a return for the Theranos concept)
Healthcare cyberattack latest: NextGen EHR ransomwared by AlphV/BlackCat, back to normal – 93% of healthcare orgs had 1-5 ransomware incidents (Expect more of this–it’s a movable war)
Using wearables to monitor biomarkers related to neuropsychiatric symptoms post-traumatic event (Significant research)
Theranos Holmes trial updates: did she book a one-way flight to Mexico last year, or were the prosecutors reckless and wrong? (You decide)
CVS, Walgreens, Walmart….Dollar General health clinics? (A low-risk toe in the clinic water)
It must be Mid-Winter Blues, but the news was fairly light this week–even from the JPMorgan health conference, a soggy SFO affair indeed. (At least the streets were cleaned.) Babylon feels ‘misunderstood’, Teladoc lays off 6%. CVS keeps funding and KillNet keeps threatening IT Havoc. Good news from UKTelehealthcare with TECS help for the digital switchover. Plus ISfTeH’s annual meeting now set for Winnipeg and news from ATA.
Industry org news: ISfTeH International Conference call for presentations, new leaders for ATA Policy Council (Good news!)
UKTelehealthcare launches TECS consultancy in partnership with TECS Advisory (Expert help on the digital switch)
Interesting pickups from JPM on CVS, Talkspace, Veradigm backs Holmusk, ‘misunderstood’ Babylon Health; six takeaways (News from a damp, dreary, insane JPM)
Teladoc laying off 6%, reducing real estate, in move to “balanced growth” and profitability (Nice move if they can do it)
‘KillNet’ Russian hacktivist group targeting US, UK health info in Ukraine revenge: HHS HC3 report (Healthcare becomes a side battle)
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