9/17/18

The Rock Weekly

Shots fired: AliveCor calls out Apple

Apple dropped a bombshell with its new FDA-cleared ECG feature on the Watch, rousing huge excitement. (Study data here.) The highly produced announcement was perfectly timed with its FDA clearance, raising eyebrows about an unprecedented level of coziness with government. But folks like Dr. Eric Topol gave Apple flak for claiming its technology is groundbreaking. AliveCor's CEO (a former Googler) even accused Apple of making up alternative facts. "We’ve been doing this for seven years." AliveCor saw sales skyrocket for its $99 ECG smartphone hardware following Apple's news. Regardless, it’s a strong marker of Apple’s interest—and the big money tech sees—in healthcare.

We’re getting smart about big tech's bets at our Summit next month. Catch the conversation with former Cleveland Clinic CEO-turned-Googler Toby Cosgrove and CNBC’s Chrissy Farr. Save your seat—or sponsor.

Headlines

Apple's ECG Announcement Years In The Making, But Its Timing Was Remarkable
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Six Reasons We Can't Wait For Rock Health Summit
Our seventh annual event is one month away | Rock Health

Connecting Your Medical Data Could Be The Next Big Payoff
The silos that hold medical records are beginning to crumble. Medicare could speed it up | Politico

FDA Roundup: The Major Device, App, And Algorithm Approvals Of 2018 (So Far)
Most are getting cleared through 510(k) and de novo pathways | MobiHealthNews

Kleiner Perkins Is Splitting Up
Mary Meeker is leaving. And former Partner Beth Seidenberg just raised a new biotech fund in LA | Axios

UHC CEO: Digital Health Will Soon Be Synonymous With Health
We couldn't agree more | Business Insider

Are We Being Misled About Precision Medicine?
Deaths still vastly outnumber the rare successes | The New York Times

Omada's Tech Put It On The Map. Now It's Luring Insurers With Operational Innovation
Staffers joke that the company is a "provendor" | FierceHealthcare

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