Medtronic’s Kowal explains how remote medtech got its groove back

In this week’s DeviceTalks Weekly Podcast, Dr. Robert Kowal CMO of Medtronic’s cardiac rhythm and heart failure business and vice president of medical affairs, explains how new tech, savvy patients, eager physicians and, yes, COVID-19, has fueled a renaissance for remote technology, once seen as a mature, staid business.

Kowal, who left clinical practice to join Medtronic in 2017, identifies the building blocks that have allowed companies like Medtronic to provide devices that provided essential connectivity during the ongoing pandemic.

“Five or 10 years ago we were all saying cardiac implantable devices were a mature market, not much happening,” Kowal says. “Now, between the technology, these new devices and digital interconnectivity I don’t see it as mature any more. It’s a spry, young area once again. It’s. a lot of fun to be working in it right now.”

Kowal shares stories on how connectivity migh…

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BREAKING: Amazon, Berkshire, JPMorgan joint healthcare venture is ending

Amazon (NSDQ:AMZN), Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase announced today that they are ending their joint healthcare venture.

The venture, launched in 2018 and known as “Haven,” aimed to bring the companies’ scale and complementary expertise to a long-term project which initially focused on technology solutions to help provide their U.S. employees and families with “high-quality and transparent healthcare at a reasonable cost,” according to a press release at the time.

Following the announcement of the joint venture in January 2018, shares in major health insurers UnitedHealth and Anthem fell as investors pondered the potential disruption that the new venture might bring to the market. In the end, though, the three companies appear to be mostly moving on.

“In the past three years, Haven explored a wide range of healthcare solutions, as well as piloted new ways to make primary care easier to access, insurance benefits simpler to u…

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