6/25/18

The Rock Weekly

Berzerkshire Morgazon

In what many incumbents called “a relief,” Dr. Atul Gawande is the new CEO of the Berkshire Hathaway-JPMorgan-Amazon venture that has dominated the airwaves. Gawande, “an unconventional choice—but a good one,” is a seasoned doc who may lack operational experience but has a proven ability to inspire and lead transformation of healthcare delivery. After months of speculation, the new CEO stated the company's goal: reduce wasteful spending by taking aim at intermediaries, and drive better outcomes for its 1M collective employees. Eventually, the plan is to offer its innovations "freely to other companies."

News from us! Each year we invite as many healthcare visionaries as will fit in a room to get real about digital health. Tickets are now available for the seventh Rock Health Summit on 10/16-17 in San Francisco.

Headlines

FDA's Pre-Cert Second Draft: It's Coming Along, Still Has A Ways To Go
Changes from the first draft are mostly iterative MobiHealthNews

Rumors Begin: GoodRx In Early Talks For Sale
Its high growth in recent years is appealing to numerous potential buyers CNBC

Google Is Training Machines To Predict When A Patient Will Die
Experts were impressed by its ability to sift through notes buried in PDFs or scribbled on old charts Bloomberg

Salesforce Wants To Help Health Insurers Be Better Consumer Companies
Analysts speculate that its next move might be to acquire a health IT firm to build its own analytics CNBC

Five Ways You Can Already Become A Cyborg, One Body Part At A Time
A walk down Futuretown's sidewalk MIT Technology Review

How Cloud Computing Will Transform Healthcare Through Partnerships
A guide for startups, cloud providers, health systems, and patients LinkedIn

Rock Health In The News

Omada Expands Digital Platform With Type 2, Hypertension Programs
Its platform is open-ended, customizing itself based on the user’s specific health needs MobiHealthNews

Wildflower Health Acquires Health App Circle
Providence St. Joseph's also inked a deal to use Wildflower’s family health app throughout its care sites GeekWire

Mayo Clinic-Born Remote Patient Monitoring Startup Ambient Clinical Gets $1.5M
Ambient can now set its sights on Europe with its FDA-cleared tool MobiHealthNews

How Fresh Food Prescriptions Beat Pricey Drugs For Diabetes Care (Virta)
Geisinger providers writing prescriptions for its Fresh Food Farmacy program CNBC

Recent Funding

  • Healthcare data organization and sharing platform Datavant closed $40.5M
  • Meditation and sleep company Calm raised $27M
  • Aaptiv raised $22M from Amazon, Disney, and others for its “Netflix for fitness”
  • Personal fitness app Kinetic raise $6.3M for its coaching app
  • Boston Children's Hospital emotional health startup Mightier closed $2.4M 
  • CHOP spinout Bainbridge Health closed $1.6M for its medication error assessment tool
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