What Should Tech Companies do to Navigate Privacy Concerns in Post-Dobbs Era?

Patient privacy is evolving rapidly in the post-Dobbs era, according to healthcare and life science lawyers in a webinar hosted by the American Bar Association on Wednesday.  “For now, a request from law enforcement personnel for protected health information is not valid unless it is pursuant to a process or as otherwise required by law,” … Read more

Does the Rumored Amwell/Talkspace Deal Make Sense? Experts Weigh In

Amid rumors that telemedicine company Amwell is exploring purchasing online therapy company Talkspace, industry experts seem somewhat torn on if the potential deal makes sense. What has been reported is that Amwell would acquire Talkspace for about $200 million at about $1.50 per share. It represents a steep drop from when the teletherapy company went … Read more

Google Partners with iCAD, Licenses Its Mammography AI Model for the First Time

Medical device manufacturer iCAD is integrating Google Health’s mammography AI technology into its suite of breast imaging AI products, the Nashua, N.H.-based company announced Monday. The two companies are entering into a development and commercialization agreement. In fact, the agreement marks Google’s first commercial partnership to deploy its breast imaging AI model into clinical practice. … Read more

To Fix Burnout, Providers Must Think Beyond Monetary Rewards

Excessive burnout and workforce shortages are plaguing healthcare providers across the country, forcing some providers to shut their doors. During a session on Monday at RSNA 2022 (the annual radiology and medical imaging conference in Chicago), half of the room of about 100 people raised their hands when asked if they had to close clinics … Read more

Medcity Pivot Podcast: A Conversation With COTA CEO Miruna Sasu About RWE

The importance of Real World Data and Real World Evidence is only growing as healthcare organizations recognize that they are strong tools with the power to improve patient outcomes. In the world of life sciences and drug development, the use of RWE is also slowly taking off. In this episode of MedCity’s Pivot Podcast, Miruna … Read more

Designing Health Sciences Education: Pivoting to the Future of Healthcare

While many will remember the Covid-19 pandemic as a source of disruption, it is likely that it will also be viewed as a catalyst for the transformation of medical education that had been brewing for the past decade. Educators across the country recognized that the physician workforce needed to embrace the enduring competencies of professionalism, … Read more

Eisai Alzheimer’s Drug Data Show Slowing of Decline But Safety Questions Linger

Eisai now has the most detailed look yet at the clinical trial data for its Alzheimer’s disease drug lecanemab, with results showing reductions in telltale disease indicators and a slowing of clinical decline. But the results come amid recent reports of two patient deaths in the study, raising questions about whether the benefits from the … Read more

3 Healthcare Macroeconomic Trends a KPMG Exec Will Follow in 2023

As the healthcare industry prepares for a possible recession and an acceleration of economic headwinds, leaders will need to adjust to make healthcare more affordable for consumers, said Ash Shehata of KPMG. Shehata, national sector leader of healthcare and life sciences for KPMG, made these comments Tuesday during a Twitter Spaces session on next year’s … Read more

Healthcare Needs the Quintuple Aim

Covid-19 shined a global spotlight on health equity. Racial and ethnic marginalized groups, the elderly and individuals living in poverty experienced higher rates of infection, morbidity and mortality from Covid-19. Far from an anomaly, the pandemic only magnified the disparities in maternal, child, preventive and chronic care that socially marginalized communities face on an ongoing … Read more

Ex-hospital CEO Sues MetroHealth for Alleged Illegal Firing

The former CEO of MetroHealth who was recently fired has sued the board of directors, claiming it broke the law when it fired him and found a replacement.  Dr. Akram Boutros said in a lawsuit filed Monday in Cuyahoga County court that Cleveland-based MetroHealth’s board of directors violated open meeting laws when it “secretly hired” … Read more