Welcome to this week’s DX Digest (Issue 42) where we are thrilled to deliver a health & wellness innovation double issue with the latest news and executive moves from across the broader health care industry.

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Innovation Roundup

 

Merck Invests in AI to Drive Health & Wellness Innovation

Merck’s Global Health Innovation Fund commits $600MM to invest in AI and other health tech start-ups. (Bio Space)

 

 

How Houston Methodist Launched a Virtual ICU

 

The regional health center’s Chief Innovation Officer Roberta Schwartz discusses how COVID-19 accelerated the plans for this groundbreaking capability. (Healthcare IT News)

 

 

CES HealthTech Spotlight

 

Health tech innovation and transformation took center-stage at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. (Health Leaders Media)

 

 

How Automation is Improving the Patient Experience

 

Rick Gannotta, SVP, Chief Healthcare Administrative Officer at Masimo explains how hospital automation helps eliminate care gaps. (Health Care IT News)

 

 

Big Tech and Healthcare Giants Form a COVID-19 Coalition to Combat Access Inequalities

 

Companies such as Google, Boston Children’s Hospital and Microsoft partner with the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) to form the Connected Health Initiative. (Mobihealth News)

 

 

Dubai Launches One Million Arab Coders COVID-19 Hackathon

 

The “Coders versus Corona” hack seeks ideas that will mitigate the spread of COVID-19. (Healthcare IT News)

 

 

Whitepaper: Why Health Care Should Move Content Services to the Cloud

 

This eBook white paper from Becker’s Hospital Review explores why health care providers and the industry-at-large should move its content services to the cloud. [Becker’s Hospital Review]

 

 

Amazon’s New Halo View Looking to Compete with FitBit and Apple Fitness+

 

Amazon upgrades its Halo fitness wearable line adding a AMOLED screen and allowing wearers to track health metrics like activity, sleep quality and blood oxygen levels.

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On The Move

 

Cigna Names Katya Andresen Chief Digital Officer

 

Andresen was formerly svp, card customer experience at Capital One.

 

 

Mass General Names Former Unilever CIO Jane Moran as Chief Digital & Information Officer

 

Moran was formerly the global CIO at CPG giant Unilever prior to joining the Boston-based hospital in this new role.

 

 

Walmart Hires Dr. John Wigneswaran as Chief Medical Officer

 

Wigneswaran was previously chief medical officer at Express Scripts.

 

 

Julie Stover Named Chief Strategy Officer at eVisit

 

Stover joins the virtual health start-up from Envision Healthcare where she was vp, virtual health strategies.

 

 

Brian Gamage Named SVP, Innovation at Iris TeleHealth

 

Gamage joins the virtual health services provider from IBM’s Watson Health division where he was director, emerging solutions.

 

 

Cerner Taps Former Google Health Chief as President & CEO

 

Dr. David Feinberg joins the health tech and services provider after leading Google’s health initiative since 2019.

 

 

Hospital IQ Names Nate Kelly Chief Commercial Officer

 

Kelly joins the AI-focused, hospital operations management provider from Cerner where he was vp and gm, health networks.

 

 

Dr. Karyn Baum is Essentia’s New Chief Transformation Officer

 

Baum assumes this newly created-role at the Duluth-based health system joining from Fairview Health Systems where she was svp, clinical operations.

 

 

Medecision Names Tal Weitzman CIO

 

Weitzman joins the Dallas-based digital care management solutions provider from Managed Markets Insights & Technology where he was a senior consultant.

 

 

Scott Weingarten Named SCAN Group’s First Chief Innovation Officer

 

Weingarten joins the national Medicare Advantage plan provider from Cedars Sinai where he was the chief clinical transformation officer & director of health services research.

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