5/4/20

The Rock Weekly

Big tech’s contact tracing conundrum

The pandemic is laying bare unresolved tensions between tech-enabled innovation and data privacy. Reactions to Apple and Google’s contact tracing collaboration and reports that three in five consumers would be unwilling or unable to use the software point to a key takeaway from our previous research: most people don't want to share their health data with big tech or the government. To overcome this techlash for the greater good, we believe these stakeholders must act on three fronts.

Meanwhile, the need to unlock health information and deliver value to patients in new, potentially life saving ways is abundantly clear. In our latest podcast episode, our CEO and Managing Director Bill Evans spoke with HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan and Google Chief Health Officer Dr. Karen DeSalvo about the recent interoperability and information blocking rules—and how innovators should approach healthcare’s new regulatory era. Listen here.

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Podcast: Opportunities In Healthcare’s New Regulatory Era
Two national healthcare leaders share their take Rock Health | (Tweet)

UnitedHealth Is Nearing A $470M Behavioral Health Acquisition
AbleTo would be the latest on Optum's growing acquisition list CNBC | (Tweet)

AI Was Super Accurate In A Lab. Real Life Was A Different Story
A test for Google’s diabetic retinopathy screening tool MIT Technology Review | (Tweet)

CMS Expands COVID-19 Reimbursement To Therapists, Phone Services
The relaxed rules address key care access pain points mHealthIntelligence | (Tweet)

How The Coronavirus Is Upending Medical Privacy
“It’s all in the name of public health. And it’s a nightmare” Politico | (Tweet)

Chronically Ill Patients Hope Video Visits Remain After Pandemic
UPMC has seen a 3,700% increase in virtual visits since early March STAT | (Tweet)

A Brain Implant Restored This Man's Motion And Sense Of Touch
How one small chip changed everything WIRED | (Tweet)

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