Weekly News Recap
- Cigna invests $250 million in a new corporate venture fund that will target companies working in the areas of care delivery and management, digital health and retail, and insights and analytics.
- Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (NY) CMO José Baselga, MD comes under fire (ultimately resigning) after media outlets report he failed to disclose his financial ties to research journals in which he was published.
- Cerner President Zane Burke announces he will leave the company November 2. John Peterzalek, EVP of worldwide client relationships, will assume Burke’s responsibilities and the title of chief client officer.
- Former VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD joins Sanford Health (SD) as chief innovation officer.
- Apple introduces the fourth iteration of the Apple Watch, featuring fall detection and heart monitoring features that include the ability to record ECGs.
- General Atlantic invests $200 million in new cancer care company OneOncology, which aims to bring the latest in oncology care to patients in community settings using technology from Flatiron Health.
Best Reader Comments
Re: 340b comments. Sounds awfully familiar. Regulatory bodies ask for public comment, then that process is abused via copy/paste comments and identity theft to support corporate positions. At what point do we start prosecuting people for this? (340b)
With Zane out the door as a scapegoat for the first three years of DoD vaporware delivery, who does Cerner send up next to stammer empty assurances to Congress? John Peterzalek? Or does the world finally get to meet Brent Shafer? (Vaporware)
Mediware /Wellsky…marketing runs rampant again! Their PR states: “We stand at the forefront of innovation that will eliminate the fragmentation that exists in health and community care… By integrating its offerings under one brand, WellSky is better positioned to partner with providers and organizations to create and sustain communities that thrive.
Please explain how re-branding under one new name really accomplices product integration for customers when their 30 diverse products hardly talk to one another?? They probably spent big bucks to come up with this new name. Would be better spent on developing code that really integrates their 30 disparate product lines. Whatever you brand it doesn’t matter, Wellsky is still a tornado of flotsam. (HISjunkie)
Watercooler Talk Tidbits
Researchers uncover a 2016 Amazon patent for a transport system in which a human worker would sit in a metal cage atop a robotic trolley, an engineering design they call “an extraordinary illustration of worker alienation, a stark moment in the relationship between humans and machines.” Amazon reps contend the company has never and will never develop such a system, adding that sometimes even bad ideas get submitted for patents. Given the company’s intensified focus on lowering employee healthcare costs, I can’t help but wonder what sort of ICD-10 codes might be warranted at its future employee clinics by injuries sustained within the hypothetical people-movers.
Perhaps Amazon should consider installing these on its warehouse floors: EIR Healthcare in Philadelphia starts a “tiny hospital” movement with the development of a prefabricated modular hospital room that comes pre-wired with fall-detecting sensors and a smart TV. CEO Grant Geiger boasts that “it should be the only option worth considering when building new hospital construction from this point forward.”
The Washington Post looks at the increase in electric scooter-related trips to the ER, interviewing emergency docs in seven cities – all of whom have seen a spike in injuries since shared scooter services became available in their areas. Start-ups like Bird, Lime, and Skip are riding on the coattails of ride-hailing and bike-sharing companies thanks to investments from Uber, Alphabet, and Sequoia Capital. Yet their business practices are being called into question by riders who end up in the ER with severe injuries due to mechanical malfunctions. “Injuries are coming in fast and furious,” says Scripps Mercy Hospital (CA) Chief of Medical Staff Michael Sise. “It’s just a matter of time before someone is killed. I’m absolutely certain of it.”
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