A potpourri of news as we close out the spring and welcome summer, from a billion-record database exposure, to news and deals including the UK, robotic exoskeletons for MS, and a Facebook smartwatch. And what’s a week without Theranos as we inch towards the Silicon Valley Fraud Trial of the (Last) Decade?
Breaking: 1B CVS Health records exposed in unsecured database now secured (CVS should be grateful for the outside ‘security angels’)
US FCC releases Round 2 of the Connected Care Pilot Program with 36 projects (Our USF fees at work funding projects for rural and underserved markets)
News and deal roundup: Zus Health’s $34M ‘back-end in a box’, Bright Health’s IPO, Lyra Health’s $200M done, Valo Health’s $2.8B SPAC; UK’s Alcuris, Clarity Informatics, GTX test; Google’s health blues, Facebook’s smartwatch
Robotic exoskeletons successfully used in exercise rehabilitation for MS patients: study (Important news for those with MS and neurological diseases)
The Theranos Story, ch. 74: defense questionnaire trimmed; Holmes loses attorney-client privileges on 13 emails, doctor/patient testimony allowed (It’s getting serious for Ms. Holmes)
Disruption or giveaway: Amazon Care signs on employers, but who? Amazon Pharmacy’s 6 months of meds for $6. (updated) (What is Amazon really up to?)
Telemental Health Care Access Act introduced in US Senate to repeal in-person requirements for mental telehealth care (Senate bill only a start…and hopefully it will go through this year, or next)
A win for UK GPs–and patient privacy–with GPDPR postponed till September. Samsung revives skin sensors, concierge care meets Medicare Advantage, transplant health consolidates, plus UK companies revive. The (expected) slugfest over jury screening for Theranos and Holmes as Meme. And Chubb weighs in on the challenges for digital health in the UK analogue vs. digital telecom change.
Samsung stretches into electronic skin sensors with OLED display for heart rate (A big step forward in ‘all in one’ sensors and displays)
NHS Digital GPDPR medical database data extraction start postponed from 1 July to 1 September (Forced by revolting GPs and legal action including an MP)
News and deal roundup: OneMedical’s $2.1 bn for Iora, CareDx buys Transplant Hero, Mount Sinai’s Elementa Labs; UK news–NHSX/Babylon, Doro-Everon, Tunstall (May be cooling off a bit)
The Theranos Story, ch. 73: the defense tries to stack the jury deck in Holmes’ favor, prosecutors say. And Theranos swag and memes are hot! (Voir dire antics, but is it admiration of or sarcastic fun at the “Girl Boss” “faking it till she made it”?)
OnePerspective: How the shift from analogue to digital telephone services affects telecare provisioning (A POV from Chubb for our UK Readers)
A ‘shortie’ this short week for many of us, especially this Editor. Our highlight is the breaking news our UK Readers may have missed on NHS’ controversial GPDPR implementation–and why it’s significant to everyone. Plus Babylon and Tunstall news.
Tunstall Group acquires Secuvita (NL) (Bucking up their Benelux business)
NHS Digital GPDPR medical database plans criticized by Royal College of GPs, privacy advocates (updated) (Data use and patient privacy issues here have resonance everywhere)
Babylon Health going the SPAC route with Alkuri Global: reports (Surprising it hasn’t happened earlier)
A bumper crop as we ease into the unofficial start of summer and wind up May
ATA2021 coming up (virtually) starting 1 June (Through June–but at least you don’t have to get the jab before attending!)
News and deals roundup: CoverMyMeds ‘big bang’, Noom’s $540M Series F, insurtech Bright Health’s IPO, Grand Rounds-Included Health, GoodRx, Cedar-OODA, Huma, Bluestream Health’s outreach (So many we had to ‘short take’ them!)
UK news roundup: West Wales’ CONNECT project, WelcoMe app for disabled access, X-on Surgery Connect expands, Arc Health in 46 care homes, Alcove’s £75M contract with Suffolk County Council (Things moving along smartly)
An unappreciated long term pandemic health effect? Increased frailty among older adults. (Making up for lost time and health not easy or quick)
The Theranos Story, ch. 72: a little lifestyle and celebrity is admissible at trial–but not too much. And no profanity, please! (Hold the popcorn till Labor Day)
News and deals roundup: SCP Health-SOC Telemed, Epion Health-MSU, Sensyne Health’s new data agreements, Geisinger’s RPM app (Definitely ‘springing forward’)
Survey: 80% of Americans believe telehealth can provide quality medical care–up 23 points from 2020 (More confirmation of five years of progress in one)
And of continued interest….
Tunstall excluded from Sweden’s framework agreements for municipal alarm and technology procurement (A software update that went sideways affects contracts in over 200 municipalities)
Connect America acquires Philips’ Aging and Caregiving, including Lifeline (Big news in aging services, though it’s Old Tech. And another Philips North America divestiture.)
Teladoc integrates the myStrength cognitive mental health app with their telehealth network (Sending a message to the smaller players?)
The Theranos Story, ch. 71: Holmes appears in court, lawyers argue celebrity, lavish lifestyle, Silicon Valley ethics (The consequences of ‘faking till you make it’)
What you need to know about Germany’s new DiGA fast tracking for health apps (New R2G research)
David sues Goliath: AliveCor claims patent infringement by Apple–ITC filing requests bar on Apple Watch US importation (Bring the popcorn, but it’s serious)
News roundup: Buddi’s £500M LSE float, Accolade to buy PlushCare for $450M, Teladoc adds chief innovation officer, Tyto Care’s Italy expansion (Buddi a huge float for the UK)
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