Knocking on healthcare’s door

News coming out of CES and JPM the past few weeks makes it clear that industry players see controlling the “digital front door” as an opportunity to expand healthcare access and market share. CVS may soon acquire Oak Street Health which, along with its investment in Carbon Health, allows it to join the ranks of Amazon, Humana, and Walgreens in providing digitally-enabled primary care. Meanwhile, big tech and retailers, including Amazon and Samsung, announced plans to extend patient and caregiver touchpoints digitally and in the home.

These digital health plays from tech companies and incumbents alike open the door to both attract new patients and expand access for existing patients. However, more must be done for these digital entry points to lead to long-term impact. Effective care coordination, a cohesive provider experience, and data consolidation will be critical components of integrating the care experience—and ensuring that patients see the benefit of these touchpoints in the form of lower costs and improved outcomes.


AI Turns Its Artistry To Creating New Human Proteins
Biologists are using AI to build ‘artisanal’ proteins The New York Times 

The Regulatory Maze Behind Health Tech Vaporware
The journey to achieve FDA approval for health tech devices The Verge

Alphabet’s Verily Announces Layoffs Amid Strategic Restructuring
Verily reshifting focus to AI and data science MobiHealthNews

Clinician-Led Charges For Online Messages Reduces Volume
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Microsoft Partners With Paige to Advance Cancer Diagnostics And Treatment
Microsoft to leverage AI for cancer diagnostics and treatment MedCity News

The Mayo Clinic Is Partnering With An Augmented Reality Company
Mayo working with MediView to accelerate clinical innovation through AR Forbes

Recent Funding

  • Alira Health gets $58M to grow its virtual care and clinical trials solutions
  • Health-centered financial assistance solution Paytient nabs $40.5M
  • Telepsychiatry and behavioral health provider Array Behavioral Health reels in $25M 
  • Rock Health port co and hybrid maternity care clinic Oula brings home $19.1M
  • Healthy-eating and behavioral change counseling provider ModifyHealth secures $10M
  • Censinet lands $9M for its healthcare-focused risk management and cybersecurity solution
  • Nest Genomics wrangles $8.5M for its data infrastructure software for genomics research
  • BIOHM snags $7.5M for its at-home gut microbiome testing and health programs
  • Ferrum Health raises $6M to develop its AI-based quality assurance solution
  • CARI Health lands $2.3M for its remote medication monitoring wearable technology