President Trump signed an executive order this week, aimed at upgrading the federal agencies’ cyber-defenses. The timing may have been prescient, as reports emerged of a large-scale ransomware attack against the U.K’s NHS hospitals, amid suspicions it may be part of a larger international cyber-attack.

Digital health innovation is accelerating as consumerism takes hold, says Kaiser CIO Dick Daniels in this interesting piece.

In one of my recent blogs in CIO online, I had discussed how social determinant data will power the next stage of healthcare analytics. Access to transportation, especially for low-income populations, is one of the big determinants of their healthcare outcomes.  In a first-of-its-kind nationwide collaboration, the BCBS Association is partnering with Lyft to increase access to healthcare for Americans living in “transportation deserts”.

Bill Gates is said to have noted that we overestimate the extent of change in the next 2 years and underestimate the change in the 10 years. He was evidently referring to the tech sector, famous for its hype and hyperbole. As if to confirm this, an Accenture study states that it will take 3 years before  IoT will disrupt healthcare. Another study by Bain notes a lack of alignment between physicians and management, and a slowdown in the adoption of alternate payment models in the last couple of years. Research firm Frost is a bit more coy: their latest report merely states that analytics adoption in healthcare is “inconsistent”.

It’s not corporate taxes but rising healthcare costs that is eating into corporate profits, says Warren Buffett. At their annual shareholder meet last week (held like a rock concert), the Oracle of Omaha pointed out that while corporate taxes dropped from 4% of GDP in 1960 to around 2% now, healthcare costs have gone from 5% to 17% of GDP in the same period.

Ever feel guilty about that afternoon powernap? Relax, you’ll be more productive, says new research.

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