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All signals pointing to in-home care

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The auction for Signify Health, which uses analytics to support in-home care, is becoming the most interesting deal to watch in digital health — and not just because of all the big names tossing in multi-billion dollar bids. It’s also become a proxy for where those bidders — from Amazon to CVS to UnitedHealth Group — believe the puck is headed next in the nation’s multi-trillion health care business. Home is clearly seen as the next frontier, and the big-dollar bids for Signify show that these companies believe that better and bigger data is the only way to get there. It’s anyone’s guess how the auction will play out. A new suitor could swoop in out of nowhere, or the whole thing could fall apart. But home-based care is quickly becoming the biggest battlefield in the nation’s biggest business.

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