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Amazon launches telehealth platform

Amazon has launched its own telehealth platform, Amazon Clinic, on which patients can connect with health care providers in their area and book appointments.

Babylon CEO admits to stock market disaster

Ali Parsa, the charismatic healthcare entrepreneur who founded digital health company Babylon Health, has branded the company’s stock market performance an “unbelievable, unmitigated disaster” in an interview with the Financial Times.

Walgreens pharmacy splashes on $9bn outpatient merger

Walgreens, the US’ second largest pharmacy chain, is expanding its outpatient network with the acquisition of urgent and primary care chain Summit Health, for $9bn. Evernorth, a subsidiary of Cigna, one of the US’ largest health insurers, is also taking a stake in the merger, effectively creating a major new integrated payor-provider with a national footprint. HBI speaks to three experts on the US health system to understand the implications.

Interview: Lars Dahle, founder, Dignio

Having spent the last 10 years of his life building a multi-million revenue company, Dignio founder Lars Dahle has found the last week since he stepped down as CEO rather quiet. HBI catches up with him in reflective mood, as he chats about how he built the business up, and how he really feels about leaving his company's future in others' hands.

Is Circle BMI for sale or not?

The sale of UK hospital group Circle BMI rolls on - or does it? US care company Centene announced its intention to divest its foreign assets in December and has successfully sold its Spanish and central European subsidiary.  HBI now understands from a source close to the company that the sale of Circle BMI is not currently on the cards. Why?

Amazon to bet $12bn on health care

Amazon is among the bidders in the $8bn auction of AI/big data US player Signify Health. That comes just over a month after it bought loss-making US primary care chain One Medical for $3.9bn. The tech giant is also closing its existing telehealth arm, Amazon Care.

KKR may switch to private credit to finance IVI RMA takeover

Facing an increasingly volatile market, American buyout / investment firm KKR may switch to direct lenders to finance its acquisition of fertility company IVI RMA Global, despite agreeing €800m of underwritten financing from four investment banks.

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