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Over the weekend, I took delivery of a new Electric Vehicle (EV). Rather, the EV took delivery of me.

This past week, I wrote a piece exploring the reasons why big tech firms seem to suffer big setbacks repeatedly in healthcare. Counting the Haven Healthcare debacle, four big tech firms – Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Apple – have had very public failures in the healthcare space over the past decade. Big tech is no stranger to failed experiments, and their core technology business seems to be doing well in the healthcare sector. However, something seems to go wrong when they cross the rubicon into core healthcare services.

This past week, healthcare tech markets were abuzz with the news of David Feinberg, Head of Google Health, departing to take up the CEO role at Cerner. A leaked internal memo, scooped by Business Insider, painted a gloomy picture inside Google. The Google Health division was disbanded, atomized, and the ashes scattered among different business units where they may remain buried forever. 

HIMSS2021 was unusual, to say the least. For the first time, I found myself presenting to an in-person audience through a Zoom interface, with an in-person moderator introducing the presenters. By all accounts, many of the HIMSS sessions were all-virtual or a hybrid of virtual and in-person sessions. A small number were pre-recorded sessions. As a speaker, I must add that the experience was smoother than I expected, with even a lively real-time Q&A.

By now, readers of this newsletter have gotten used to my penchant for using pop/rock song titles as the subject line. The song I chose this week is by punk rock legends The Clash. What better metaphor could capture the zeitgeist that Casey Ross of STAT News describes as the clash between plans for health tech’s biggest gathering and Covid-19 concerns?  A delightful twist to the irony is that there is a collector’s edition of the song single with “Inoculated City” as its B-side, released in May1982 – a fitting flip side to the question facing HIMSS attendees for the past few weeks: Is Vegas inoculated enough?

Digital health companies are going through a steady consolidation. Startups are merging with other startups. Bigger tech firms are acquiring smaller ones. PE firms are swooping in, not wanting to miss out on all the action. The bottom line seems to be this: the incredible valuations for digital health today are too good an opportunity to pass up if you’re on the sell side of the transaction. The Steve Miller Band has provided me with the perfect tagline for this week’s newsletter.

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