Laura Lovett and Dave Muoio

By Laura Lovett and Dave Muoio 09:53 amNovember 1, 2019
After a month of rumors, this morning Google and Fitbit announced that the former has officially purchased the wearable giant for roughly $2.1 billion, or $7.35 per share, in cash. Fitbit stressed that its devices will remain platform-agnostic across the Android and iOS ecosystems. Still, a blog post from Google discussing the acquisition made it clear that we can also expect to see some Google...
By Laura Lovett and Dave Muoio 03:25 pmOctober 17, 2019
This morning chronic care management company Livongo Health inked a deal with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, expanding its partnership with the payer to offer its diabetes program to every fully covered Blue KC member. Livongo will also be available to Blue KC Administrative Services Only (ASO) clients.  “We are very excited to expand our partnership with Blue KC to offer their fully...
By Laura Lovett and Dave Muoio 03:59 pmSeptember 19, 2019
Former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb has joined the board of Aetion, a New York City-based real-world evidence analytics platform. Gottlieb, who resigned from his two-year FDA stint in April, had spearheaded the regulatory agency’s recent push to incorporate real-world data into its decision-making processes. "Dr. Gottlieb has played a pivotal role in advancing the use of real-world...
By Laura Lovett and Dave Muoio 03:39 pmJune 24, 2019
UnitedHealth Group has acquired online patient community portal PatientsLikeMe as of June 19, according to an announcement sent out via email to members of the latter's DigitalMe study this afternoon. The announcement explains that as part of the acquisition, the startup will now become part of UnitedHealth Group’s research arm that focuses on healthcare improvements and innovation.  “This...
By Laura Lovett and Dave Muoio 04:21 pmDecember 11, 2018
In an effort to boast patient engagement, last week Hospital Sisters Health System announced that it will be integrating its SeamlessMD system with Epic’s new SMART on FHIR technology. According to a statement, the new technology will enable providers to enroll, receive alerts and monitor patients on SeamlessMD without leaving the EHR. “SeamlessMD has been an instrumental partner in helping us...
By Laura Lovett and Dave Muoio 05:22 pmSeptember 28, 2018
The Health Service Executive (HSE), Ireland’s public health organization, is playing a game of EHR catch up with other countries.  The health system, which was founded in 2005, cares for the country's population of roughly 4.7 million people. While the system’s scope is large, the HSE is still lacking a digital environment according to Fran Thompson, assistant national director of engagement and...