Top 3 for the week

  1. Amazon forges ahead with its health care solution for its employees, now opening that up to other patients in other states. Currently, Amazon care is only available in the Seattle, Washington area (, but Amazon care is looking to expand in 17 different states.

  2. Digital health "blank check" or "shell" companies are everywhere. 2021 have so far generated 137+ SPACs, raising over $42 billion. Some of the healthcare SPACS generating attention are:

  • BFFL (Butterfly Network), a mobile "whole-body imaging" device.

  • CLOV (Clover Health) is selling Medicare Advantage plans, focusing on customer experience and leveraging technology (ML, AI, etc.) to achieve better outcomes.

  • HAAC (Health Assurance Acquisition Corp) partner with healthcare businesses by utilizing technology to create consumer-centric, data-driven, cloud-based solutions that can both bend the cost of care and improve wellness.

3. What happened to MDLive's ambition to go IPO? Cigna's subsidiary Evernorth is acquiring telehealth provider MDLive.

As you can sell, technology is the standard tool as the differentiator.




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ABOUT David Chou

David Chou serves as the SVP/CIO for a public academic health system.  Chou has held executive roles with the Cleveland Clinic, Children's Mercy Hospital, University Of Mississippi Medical Center, AHMC Healthcare, and Prime Healthcare.  

David is a dynamic keynote speaker and industry commentator working with clients to transform their business models using technology. He has spoken around the world at healthcare tech-related conference including keynotes for leading industry events and intimate executive settings. Chou is also one of the most mentioned CIOs in the media and well quoted in outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, Modern Healthcare, HIMSS Media, ZDNet,, Huffington Post, and Becker's Healthcare.  David is an active member of both ACHE and HIMSS while serving on the board for CHIME. 



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