Morning Headlines 6/22/18

Tech company once lauded for growth shutters Tampa office suddenly, leaves over 100 without jobs Chronic care management company CareSync closes amidst bankruptcy rumors. Wildflower Health Acquires Circle, an Innovative Mobile Health Business Incubated by Providence...

News 6/22/18

Top News Chronic care management company CareSync shuts down. Reader Holy Mackerel alerted me to the development: ”Shipt founder Bill Smith offered on Monday to buy 100 percent of company stock for $7 million. Keeping in mind that investors poured in $79 million, he’d...

EPtalk by Dr. Jayne 6/21/18

I was excited to learn that the Amazon-Berkshire-JPMorgan health care venture has selected Atul Gawande MD as its CEO. My first reaction was to wonder how he was going to fit this into his schedule, given his responsibilities as a surgeon, educator, author, and more....

Can Medicaid Expansion Survive?

By STEVE FINDLAY Amid fresh political rancor and legal machinations in the ongoing war over the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there’s a bright spot: Medicaid. At least for now. This matters. True to predictions made by Obama and supporters when the ACA became law (2010),...

Morning Headlines 6/21/18

GoodRx, a service for finding the best price on prescription drugs, is in sale talks for up to $3 billion Prescription drug comparison pricing company GoodRx is reportedly in talks with several companies, including McKesson, to sell its assets for between $1.5 billion...

Morning Headlines 6/20/18

Quest Analytics Acquires BetterDoctor to Create First Health Plan Platform to Ensure Network Adequacy, Provider Data Accuracy and Improved Member Experience Healthcare provider management and network access technology company Quest Analytics acquires provider...

News 6/20/18

Top News Walmart patents a system for storing a patient’s vital medical information in blockchain database housed in a wearable device. Reader Comments From Uncle Carbuncle: “Re: IT department names. I’ve seen it go from DP to MIS to IT and now sometimes to technology...

Morning Headlines 6/19/18

Walmart Patents System for Accessing Medical Records Stored on a Blockchain Walmart’s latest patent suggests it will develop a wearable that will give emergency responders access to an unresponsive patient’s medical record using blockchain technology. Google is...

Curbside Consult with Dr. Jayne 6/18/18

  One of the hot topics in the physician lounge lately has been telemedicine. Several of the larger physician organizations are pursuing strategies to incorporate telemedicine into their practices. It’s interesting to see the different strategies they’re taking, and...

Morning Headlines 6/18/18

Elizabeth Holmes indicted on wire fraud charges, steps down from Theranos The US Attorney indicts Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes and former President and COO Sunny Balwani for fraud, charging that as Theranos executives, they knew that the company’s blood...

Monday Morning Update 6/18/18

Top News The US Attorney indicts Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes and former President and COO Sunny Balwani for fraud, charging that as Theranos executives, they knew that the company’s blood testing technology was unreliable and was not competitive with...

Weekender 6/15/18

Weekly News Recap GPB Capital acquires Maryland-based RCM/EHR vendor Health Prime International. Inspirata acquires Caradigm from GE Healthcare Former IBM employees say Watson Health’s troubles stem from the company’s inability to successfully merge the assets of its...

Morning Headlines 6/15/18

Hackensack Meridian Health Funds Key Innovation to Improve Health Care in New Jersey Hackensack Meridian Health uses its $25 million innovation investment fund to finance Pillo Health’s digital home health companion. Outcome Health names advertising executive as new...

News 6/15/18

Top News Cancer informatics technology vendor Inspirata acquires Caradigm from GE Healthcare. Imprivata bought Caradigm’s identity management business in October 2017. Microsoft, originally a 50-50 Caradigm joint venture investor with GE Healthcare to which it...