#HealthTechDeals Episode 30 | Legacy, Ness, NowRX, and Monument
Is Elon Musk going to buy Twitter? Are the telehealth waivers going to be passed forward? Jess and I just waiting waiting waiting. Nothing is happening, so we just reminisce about some stuff over the past days, as well as some of these new deals! Legacy raises $25 million; Ness raises $15 million; NowRX raises $22 million; & Monument acquires Tempest. –Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 17, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Health Tech Health Tech Deals Monument Source Type: blogs

What Do You Mean, “Innovation”?
BY KIM BELLARD One of my favorite movies is The Princess Bride. Among the many great quotes is one from Inigo Montoya, who becomes frustrated when the evil Vizzini keeps using “inconceivable” to describe events that were clearly actually taking place. “You keep using that word,” Inigo finally says. “I do not think it means what you think it means.” So it is for most of us with the word “innovation” – especially in healthcare. What started thinking me about this is an opinion piece by Alex Amouyel: Innovation Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Does.  Ms. Amouyel is the Executive Director of Sol...
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 17, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Hack-a-thon Health Policy Health Tech Alex Amouyel Innovation Kim Bellard Princess Bride Solve Source Type: blogs

The Sovereignty Network will help patients make money out of your health data
By HAMISH MACDONALD  Being a patient has always meant being at the bottom of a trickle-down pyramid in healthcare. Late to get information, our test results, our data, and as for earning the money that our healthcare data is worth – that is something the healthcare industry does without our permission or dues. We are left right out of that. But what if we made clinical data tools available on your device, so that you could build the most valuable set of healthcare data that exists about you anywhere? What if you owned that particular data set as your personal asset? Well, we think that researchers are going to...
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 16, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Data Health Tech Hamish MacDonald Health Data Privacy The Sovereignty Network Source Type: blogs

#HealthTechDeals Episode 29 | Osmind; Turquoise Health; Mahmee; Simplifed
In this episode of #healthTechDeals Jess DaMassa is hoping Matthew Holt disappears, possibly on Elon Musk’s rocket to Mars. Matthew just wants him to buy Chelsea FC. And then there’s actual funding deals for Osmind ($40m), Turquoise Health ($20), Mahmee ($9) & Simplifed which got $6m despite having Matthew help! (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 16, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Tech Deals Jess DaMassa Mahmee Matthew Holt Osmind Simplifed Turquoise Health Source Type: blogs

#HealthTechDeals Episode 28 | Alan; HealthMap Solutions; Sidekick Health; Dialogue & Tictrac
It’s Friday 13th, the unluckiest day and many on the stock market were feeling it. But there were some deals. Alan in France raises 183m Euros, HealthMap Solutions gets $25m for kidney care, Icelandic Sidekick Health gets $55m for DTx & Dialogue buys Tictrac for $43m US. –Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 13, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Health Tech Health Tech Deals Alan Dialouge HealthMap Solutions Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt sidekick health Tictrac Source Type: blogs

How About This Opportunity, Health Tech Investors? Promoting Contraception vs. Banning Abortion
By MIKE MAGEE Dr. Linda Rosenstock has an M.D. and M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. She is currently Dean Emeritus and Professor of Health Policy and Management at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health, but also spent years in government, and was on President Obama’s Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health. In the wake of the release of Justice Alito’s memo trashing Roe v. Wade, she was asked to comment about the status of abortion in America. Here is what she said: “The broader the access to proven fam...
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 13, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Health Care Through the Back Door: The Dangers of Nurse Visits
By HANS DUVEFELT In some practices, patients with seemingly simple problems are scheduled to be seen by a nurse or medical assistant. Sometimes they can even just drop off a urine sample in case of a suspected urinary tract infection. This is a dangerous trap. What if the patient rarely gets urinary infections, has back pain and assumes it is a UTI instead of a kidney stone or shingles on their back just where one kidney is located; what if they have lower abdominal pain from an ovarian cyst or an ectopic pregnancy? Another dangerous type of “nurse visit” is when patients focus on one symptom or parameter, thi...
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 12, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Primary Care Hans Duvefelt Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 91, Thursday May 12
Following last week’s extraordinary special on cancer & navigation, this week’s #THCBGang on May 12 was a deep dive into digital health. Including data, education, business models and the knowledge gap; and of course quite a bit of discussion about the future of the data and digital health around abortion. Joining Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) were WTF Health host & Health IT girl Jessica DaMassa (@jessdamassa), privacy regulation expert Deven McGraw (@HealthPrivacy); & surgeon & startup guy Raj Aggarwal (@docaggarwal). Special guest this week is Olympic rower for 2 countries and all around...
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 12, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang Deven McGraw Digital Medicine Society Jennifer Goldsack Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Raj Aggarwal Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 91, Thursday May 12, 1pm PT 4pm ET
Following last week’s extraordinary special on cancer & navigation, this week’s #THCBGang on May 12 will be a deep dive into digital health. Including data, education, business models and the knowledge gap. Joining Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) will be WTF Health host & Health IT girl Jessica DaMassa (@jessdamassa), privacy regulation expert Deven McGraw (@HealthPrivacy); & surgeon & startup guy Raj Aggarwal (@docaggarwal). Special guest this week is Olympic rower for 2 countries and all around dynamo Jennifer Goldsack, (@GoldsackJen) CEO at the Digital Medicine Society (DiMe) ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 12, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang Deven McGraw Digital Medicine Society Jennifer Goldsack Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Raj Aggarwal Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 91, Thursday May 12, 1pm PT 4pm ET
Following last week’s extraordinary special on cancer & navigation, this week’s #THCBGang on May 12 will be a deep dive into digital health. Including data, education, business models and the knowledge gap. Joining Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) will be WTF Health host & Health IT girl Jessica DaMassa (@jessdamassa), privacy regulation expert Deven McGraw (@HealthPrivacy); & surgeon & startup guy Raj Aggarwal (@docaggarwal). Special guest this week is Olympic rower for 2 countries and all around dynamo Jennifer Goldsack, (@GoldsackJen) CEO at the Digital Medicine Society (DiMe) You can se...
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 12, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang Deven McGraw Digital Medicine Society Jennifer Goldsack Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Raj Aggarwal Source Type: blogs

Digital & Tech Are Changing Pfizer: Pharma Co ’s Chief Digital & Technology Officer Takes Us Inside
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH What does digital transformation look like at a global healthcare giant like Pfizer? Lidia Fonseca, Pfizer’s Chief Digital & Technology Officer, shares her strategy for building the life sciences company’s digital data and technology solutions, including her thinking about digital therapeutics, digital diagnostics, and digital biomarkers. As Lidia puts it, this is not about trying to simply implement a “digital strategy,” but is, instead, about building a “business strategy for digital world.” There’s probably no better story that illustrates how that “business strat...
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 11, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa WTF Health digital health Lidia Fonseca Pfizer Source Type: blogs

The Licensing Walls Come Tumbling Down
BY KIM BELLARD Abortion rights continue to be one of the most heated issues in American politics, super-fueled by last week’s leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion that would overturn 1973’s Roe v. Wade and return the issue to the states to decide.  I’ll leave it to others more qualified than me – women, for example — to weigh in on abortion itself, but I want to talk about how abortion pills are going to force changes to our healthcare system that many may not be ready for. Although the stereotype of abortions is a procedure done by a physician in an office/clinic, the majority of abortions in ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 11, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Policy Pharmaceuticals Abortifacient Abortion Hey jane Just the Pill Kim Bellard State Licensing Source Type: blogs

Vida Health Starts Prescribing: Meds, Labs, Devices, & More for Mental Health & Diabetes
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Big news coming out of Vida Health today as the chronic condition care startup announces that it will now be able to prescribe meds, med devices, lab tests, and more to its members. This puts Vida Health among the first of the digital health chronic care companies to evolve its offerings beyond apps-and-coaching, leading on this trend to take digital health chronic care into a more full expression of virtual care. Vida Health’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Patrick Carroll, introduces us to the new offering which he tipped us off about when we met him a few months ago, new to his role at...
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 10, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health digital health Mental Health Patrick Carroll vida health Source Type: blogs

The Reckoning: What Happens to Digital Health After COVID?
By JEFF GOLDSMITH and ERIC LARSEN It has been a rough year so far for digital health. After an astonishing $45 billion poured into new digital health companies in 2020 and 2021, and an early 2021 peak in market valuations of publicly-traded digital health providers, valuations and multiples have collapsed. Once high-flying Teladoc, which traded at an eye-watering 42x revenues and commanded a $45 billion market capitalization, is now trading around 2.7X at about $5.7 billion. AmWell, the next largest telehealth player, has seen its stock drop more 90% from its high. Nor is the evaporation in market value is co...
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 9, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Tech digital health Digital health investing Eric Larsen Healthcare bubble Jeff Goldsmith Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 90, Thursday May 5 – Cancer Special
#THCBGang on May 5 was an extraordinary special on cancer & navigation. Everyone on this gang has been touched by cancer as a patient or caregiver. Joining Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) will be fierce patient activist Casey Quinlan (@MightyCasey); Jennifer Benz (@Jenbenz); Suntra Modern Recovery CEO JL Neptune (@JeanLucNeptune); patient advocate Grace Cordovano (@GraceCordovano); policy consultant/author Rosemarie Day (@Rosemarie_Day1); Jeff Goldsmith; Jennifer Benz (@Jenbenz); PLUS Adam Pellegini (@adampellegrini) from cancer navigation company Jasper Health. It really was a great conversation about what to do (an...
Source: The Health Care Blog - May 5, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang Adam Pellegrini Cancer Casey Quinlan Grace Cordovano Jasper Health Jeff Goldsmith jen benz JL Neptune Matthew Holt rosemarie day Source Type: blogs