Dear fellow digital health enthusiasts, 

Finally that odd week were time differences go crazy. While the US is still on daylight saving time (till next Sunday), we are not. If you missed a meeting due to this, be assured: It happens to the best of us. 

—15min Digital Health Briefing #28—

As mentioned in an earlier briefing, Google jumped on the wearable bandwagon with its recent acquisition of smartwatch-related intellectual property from Fossil Group. Now according to Reuters, Google made an offer to buy Fitbit! Shares of Fitbit skyrocketed as much as 41%. This deal could give both parties a boost, since they struggled to maintain market share against competitors like Apple and Samsung. [≈ 2min]

Facebook is joining the healthcare party and announced a Preventive Health tool for the US market. Together with health organizations, they created an in-app management tool for health check-ups. For example, user can search for appropriate health check-ups based on their age and gender (e.g. cholesterol tests, mammograms etc.) or get a reminder for a flu shot prior to flu season. Additionally, facebook might direct users to they respective provider. While the emphasize privacy, we wonder who’d manage their health via facebook. [≈ 5min]

Last month, Amazon launched a virtual health clinic with in-home follow-ups for employees in Seattle, called Amazon Care. Amazon Care will include telemedicine, online chat with a nurse, medication delivery and app-enabled house calls to the employee’s office or home. Amazon has just made its second acquisition in the health-care space called Health Navigator. This company offers clinical content in the form of APIs that can be used by EHRs, telemedicine providers, health chatbots and medical call centers. One might wonder if this is a testing ground for amazon soon to be expanded to the general population, not just its employees. [≈ 3min]

Is it too late for consumer electronics companies to enter the wearable market? Apparently not in b2b. Sony introduced its mSafety mobile health platform in Boston. The platform features a customizable smartwatch with built-in sensors and streamlined cloud connectivity and will offer digital health companies a platform to build patient monitoring solutions. [≈ 5min] 

Closing as always with the quote of the week: «If you study what the really big things on the internet are, you realize they are masters at making things fast and not making people think.» Evan Williams (2019), Co-Founder of Twitter, Blogger and Medium.

—15min Digital Health Briefing #28—

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Have a productive week,

Dominik & Min-Sung

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