Alexa, When’s Therapy? Skilled Nursing Operator Pilots Virtual Assistants

Most of the talk surrounding the potential for consumer-grade gadgets in long-term care focuses on the lower-acuity world of assisted and independent living, where residents generally have more mobility and autonomy. But one skilled nursing provider says it’s seeing success with its fleet of Amazon Echo devices — both for residents and employees. The New […]

Walmart’s Health Push: First Home Health, Then Skilled Nursing?

Rumors that Walmart (NYSE: WMT) may be interested in acquiring a major health insurance provider — and soon-to-be home health care operator — shook up the long-term care industry last week. And at least one observer says there’s no reason why the retail giant’s reach can’t expand to the skilled nursing industry. The Bentonville, Ark.-based […]

WSJ: Amazon Looking to Reinvent Medical Supply Space

After sending a shock through the health space last month, e-commerce giant Amazon may be coming for the medical supply industry, too. Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) has been inviting hospital executives to its headquarters in Seattle to gather information and test ideas for expanding Amazon Business, a business-to-business marketplace, to include medical supplies for outpatient locations, operating […]