Hope everyone had a relaxing long weekend. Summer’s over, believe it or not.

When the toolbox of traditional methods to improve the quality and reduce the costs of care have been exhausted, what’s next?

In my latest podcast episode, Karen Murphy, EVP and Chief Innovation Officer at Geisinger Health discusses how health systems are now competing in all markets on quality and price, and addresses the question of how an innovation group can help in this context. Offering examples, she describes how the relatively new innovation group at Geisinger is achieving success by developing a fundamentally different approach to solving problems and demonstrating quantifiable outcomes. She also cautions against deploying new technologies in healthcare interventions that may increase the total costs of care. Take a listen.

Of late, we are seeing a trend of health systems recruiting Chief Digital Officers from outside the industry. They include Aaron Martin at Providence Health (Amazon), Prat Vemana at Kaiser Permanente (Home Depot), and Suja Chandrasekaran, the newly appointed CIO and Chief Digital Officer for CommonSpirit (Kimberly-Clark). Perhaps this is an acknowledgment that healthcare needs new thinking if it has to compete effectively in an era of healthcare consumerism. 

Our WITCH monthly monitor for August highlights major news in the global healthcare IT consulting & services space. Check it out. 

Digital transformation in healthcare: our picks for the week

61 health tech companies report 2018 revenues, feature on Inc. 5,000 list

Despite the high mortality rates among digital health startups, a surprisingly large number are doing well. A closer look at the kinds of solutions and services they offer is informative.

Value-based health insurer contracts growing in number, but not risk adoption

The shift to value-based care seems to have all but stalled.

Former Kimberly-Clark Tech Exec Named Chief Information And Digital Officer Of CommonSpirit Health

In a growing trend, health systems are hiring from outside the industry to lead the digital transformation of the enterprise.

Allscripts offers Apple Health Records to enable patient data access

Apple is steadily integrating data from major EHR platforms into their healthcare platform. Are we heading slowly and steadily into a future where our primary gateway to healthcare services is through an iPhone?

AAFP, HL7 look to bolster use of SDOH data via FHIR

The Gravity project will integrate social determinant data into EHR and improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations.

The latest from Damo Consulting

Podcast – Episode #22: With Dr. Karen M. Murphy, EVP and Chief Innovation Officer, Geisinger Health

“We need to be cautious in the use of technology to prevent increase in total costs of care.” 

The WITCH Monthly Monitor: Monthly update on major global IT consulting and services firms in healthcare (August 2019) 

Increasing partnerships to develop digital solutions using AI, cloud, and blockchain.

Paddy Padmanabhan, CEO of Damo Consulting, to speak at SHSMD Connections 2019

Developing a Digital Health Roadmap: The Cleveland Clinic Experience, September 10.

Research Report: The current state of healthcare digital transformation 

Our latest research report explores the current state of digital transformation in healthcare.

The WITCH Report: 2018 Annual Review 

A review of the financial and market performance of global technology firms in healthcare.