Welcome to Insider Healthcare. I’m healthcare editor Leah Rosenbaum, and today in healthcare news:
- Walmart has hired a new executive to lead its care organization;
- A startup wants to make it easier for doctors to spot and manage cognitive issues in older adults;
- The CDC voted to offer a low-dose Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to kids.
Walmart has hired a Louisiana health-system exec to lead its care organization as it expands its clinics and pushes into telehealth
- Walmart tapped David Carmouche to lead its omnichannel-care organization, it confirmed to Insider.
- Carmouche is an executive overseeing value-based care at Louisiana’s Ochsner Health.
- He joins Walmart’s health unit amid a leadership shake-up and as it stands up clinics in Florida.
Here is the 12-slide presentation two academics used to sell investors on their virtual cognitive-testing startup
- BrainCheck is a startup that can assess and manage cognitive impairment virtually.
- The Texas-based startup announced it had raised $US10 ($AU13) million in Series B funding Wednesday.
- The cofounder and CEO Yael Katz said the company wants to proactively manage conditions.
- An expert panel to the CDC voted Tuesday to offer a low-dose version of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to kids ages 5-11 in the US.
- The vaccine is the same product that adults and teens receive, but a smaller size.
- Doctors and nurses at the meeting stressed kids shouldn’t die from vaccine-preventable diseases, and parents should not wait to vaccinate them.
More stories we’re reading:
- The digital-health startup Folx taps tech and nonprofit leaders as the industrywide boom intensifies (Insider)
- Some parents still need more convincing to get their teens vaccinated against COVID-19 (Kaiser Health News)
- Pfizer expects to make nearly as much revenue just from COVID-19 vaccines in 2021 as it earned in all of 2020 (Insider)
- Biden may not be able to fix home health care as he promised (The New York Times)
- New York’s MTA won’t pay a $US500,000 ($AU673,048) death benefit if unvaccinated workers die of COVID-19. It’s another way companies are pushing workers to get vaccinated. (Insider)