Industry News: Volume 1, Issue 2

Teladoc finalizes blockbuster deal with Livongo in less than 3 months

By Heather Landi

Fiercehealthcare.com – Telehealth giant Teladoc completed its massive $18.5 billion acquisition of Livongo, the company announced Friday.

The deal was wrapped up quickly, in under three months, as the companies likely look to leverage the current financial tailwinds of the telehealth boom and investor interest in digital health spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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BridgeHealth Merges with Transcarent; Completes $40 Million Series A Funding

Combined entity will create a better experience and improved outcomes for employees and dependents of self-insured employers by providing greater access, choice, and transparency

DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BridgeHealth, the industry-leading provider of surgical advocacy and centers of excellence (COE) programs for large, self-insured organizations and their members, today announced a merger with Transcarent, a Silicon Valley-based consumer digital health company, as part of a $40 million Series A financing round. BridgeHealth will continue to provide its platform to employers with self-insured group health plans while introducing new high-touch, high-tech navigation services and solutions built using the Transcarent technology stack.

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Clear Arch Health Joins the American Telemedicine Association; Contributes to Comments on Medicare CY 2021 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule to CMS

Company committed to providing digital health solutions to improve access and the delivery of care to high-risk patient populations

BOCA RATON, FL – October 28, 2020 – Clear Arch Health, a leading provider of remote patient monitoring (RPM) and mobile personal emergency response system (mPERS) solutions, announced today its membership in the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), the only organization completely focused on accelerating the adoption of telehealth.

“At Clear Arch Health, we understand critical services, such as remote patient monitoring, are now an integral component of a digital health strategy,” said Chris A. Otto, Senior Vice President of Clear Arch Health. “We are proud to be a member of the ATA and look forward to the opportunity to contribute to policies and other initiatives that will provide further access to remote care.”

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In Hunt for Virus Source, W.H.O. Let China Take Charge

By Selam Gebrekidan, Matt Apuzzo, Amy Qin and Javier C. Hernández

Nytimes.com – GENEVA — On a cold weekend in mid-February, when the world still harbored false hope that the new coronavirus could be contained, a World Health Organization team arrived in Beijing to study the outbreak and investigate a critical question: How did the virus jump from animals to humans?

At that point, there were only three confirmed deaths from Covid-19 outside China and scientists hoped that finding an animal source for the coronavirus would unlock clues about how to stop it, treat it and prevent similar outbreaks.

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9 healthcare innovation leaders share their predictions for digital health in 2021

By Katie Adams 

Beckershospitalreview.com – Many healthcare professionals said they think the rapid acceleration of digital health technologies that the industry experienced in 2020 will continue to grow in the next year.

Below, nine healthcare innovation leaders from hospitals, health systems and healthcare companies across the country share their predictions for digital health in 2021.

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