Mary Meeker’s much-awaited annual internet trends report is always an interesting read. This year, it’s all of 355 slides and contains an entire section on digital health.

The report reflects on healthcare at a “digital inflection point” and a virtuous cycle of innovation characterized by the growth and accumulation of healthcare data and the unlocking of insights from the data for improved outcomes.

Speaking of outcomes, Chicago-based Outcome Health stunned the VC world this week by announcing a $ 500 m initial round of funding, valuing the company at $ 5 billion. There’s only one word for it. Wow.

Other parts of the healthcare IT ecosystem were roiled by controversies – EHR vendor eClinicalworks is paying a $ 155 m fine to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit, and analytics company VitalSpring declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy arising from shareholder fraud.

A teenager in Iowa has become a poster child in the raging debate on healthcare costs. Afflicted with a rare blood condition, the individual undergoes treatment that costs over $ 1 m a MONTH, something that is being held up as an extreme example of exploding healthcare costs by Iowa’s Wellmark BCBS.

Home DNA tests have become popular (who can resist it at the low, low price of $ 99 ?). But who owns the test data? The answers are unclear.

Pop quiz: what do Americans struggle most to spell? The answers vary by state, and Google gives us some interesting insights. My favorite: Wisconsinites searched most for the spelling of…Wisconsin.

And in closing, my word of the week is (no, it’s not covfefe, although it came close): Marocain

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