Virtual care startups <3 M&A

It’s no secret that digital health is consolidating—in 2020, the Teladongo deal set off a virtual care platforms race. Since then, M&A continues to dominate digital health headlines, and we’ve been seeing DTC players acquiring digital health startups focused on women+ health. Last week, Thirty Madison followed suit with plans to merge with Nurx. Thirty Madison delivers consumer-friendly care under brands targeted at migraines, hair loss, and allergies. Nurx is best known as a telehealth platform that provides birth control. But will Thirty Madison + Nurx and the club of emerging platforms be able to compete with the likes of Amazon—which officially rolled out Amazon Care nationwide? Only time will tell, but in the meantime keep your eyes peeled for more consolidation as the industry continues to mature.

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Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Extend Patient Access To Telehealth Through 2024
Congress seeks to DTR with future Medicaid telehealth reimbursement Fierce Healthcare

As Data Sharing Ramps Up, Health Insurers Wade Into Patient Privacy Debate
AHIP takes a stand on HIPAA STAT

Two New Collaborations To Improve Clinical Trials
CVS + Medable and Thermo Fisher Scientific + Medidata Acorn AI partner up MedCity News

The Sleep-Tech Industry Is Waking Up
A pulse check on the sustainability of wearables for sleep The Economist

Are Therapy Apps the Ubers Of Mental Health?
Disruption can be messy Business Insider

SPACs In Healthcare: The Hot Ticket Has Cooled Off
But there are still plenty of SPACs looking for a target Managed Healthcare Executive

How NFTs Could Transform Health Information Exchange
The tech world’s newest favorite acronym comes to healthcare 
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This Startup Is Turning The Laundromat Into The Doctor's Office
A new spin on “meeting patients where they are” Fast Company

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