3/9/20

The Rock Weekly

HHS’ final rules are here

Sharing your health data is about to get easier. This morning, the Trump administration finalized long-awaited rules on information blocking and interoperability to give patients control of their health records. While privacy hawks have shared concerns, the call to action for digital health from the federal government is clear: move full speed ahead with these new standards to provide solutions for patients and caregivers.

For the first time in over 50 years, health tech’s biggest confab of the year is a no-go. An $8B emergency spending package, however, got the green light in Congress, armed with a provision to make telemedicine services more readily available during the coronavirus outbreak. Across the industry, CVS said it will waive Aetna members’ copays for diagnostic testing and telemedicine visits while digital pharmacy Ro is offering free virtual assessments for the virus.

Headlines

Alexa Can Now Answer (Some Of) Your Medication Questions
Consumers can ask about drug interactions and side effects Healthcare IT News | (Tweet)

Apple, Google Crack Down On Coronavirus-Related Apps
Tech firms clamor to mitigate misinformation CNBC | (Tweet)

Senators Press Further On Google-Ascension Data Deal
How many patient records were involved in the project? FierceHealthcare | (Tweet)

Artificial Hands Meet Artificial Intelligence
“There was no gap between thought and movement” MIT Technology Review | (Tweet)

Amazon’s Secret Project To Find A Cure For The Common Cold
It’s aptly named “Project Gesundheit” CNBC | (Tweet)

Expecting Mothers Expect Digital Interactions With Their Doctors
Yet it’s far from the prevailing experience at present MobiHealthNews | (Tweet)

Uber, Lyft Roll Out New Services To Address SDOH
Here’s what the moves mean for their healthcare plays Business Insider | (Tweet)

Recent Funding

  • Pager raised $33M for its virtual care and navigation services app
  • Voice-enabled digital assistant for doctors Suki scored $20M
  • MSK health startup Sparta Science brought in $16M
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