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The tyranny of good ideas

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November 4, 2019

In my latest podcast episode, John Glaser, former CIO of Partners Healthcare, discusses EHR systems and the burden on physicians from poor design and workflows, the opportunities to advance data interoperability in the near term, and the confusing landscape around information blocking legislation. He cautions against the “tyranny of a large number of good ideas,” which often leads to increased workloads for physicians and increases the overall costs for the health system with little or no business rationale for implementing many of those changes.

Big tech firms are aggressively pushing into healthcare. Amazon has launched a telehealth pilot. Facebook has rolled out a preventive health tool. Uber and Lyft are tying up with health systems. And Google dropped a cool $2.1 billion on struggling Fitbit.

Amidst all the backlash against data privacy and faulty AI algorithms, a new trend could have profound impact on societies across the world. It’s called digital nationalism.

Digital transformation in healthcare: our picks for the week

Google to Buy Fitbit, Amping Up Wearables Race

The consumer health wearables market is now a 2-horse race between Google and Apple. Can Google prove to be as good at the B2C business as Apple?

Lyft, Uber expand reach into healthcare

Ride-share companies are integrating more tightly into healthcare delivery.

Facebook vows strict privacy safeguards as it rollsout preventive-health tool

One more big tech firm gets into primary care. But this one is different.

Could Amazon be the next national telehealth player?

Unlike other tech firms, Amazon seems to be getting directly into the business of healthcare delivery.

Liability concerns may pose roadblock for hospital AI 

AI has now become one more reason to worry about medical malpractice liability.

AI Can Outperform Doctors. So Why Don’t Patients Trust It?

AI is currently at odds with personalized medicine.

Researchers Find Racial Bias in Hospital Algorithm

One of the biggest healthcare tech firms finds itself in the news for algorithmic bias.

UiPath bleeds cash, prompts latest huge layoff wave

RPA’s poster child is in trouble. Time to ask questions about the other AI players and about RPA itself.

Health system expansion dented profitability, report finds

Small is beautiful? A study of hospital financial performance compares the big health systems with smaller stand-alone hospitals.

The Rising Threat of Digital Nationalism

Not what the internet pioneers and libertarians imagined for the future as we celebrate 50 years of the internet.

The latest from Damo Consulting

Podcast – Episode #27: With John Glaser, Former CIO, Partners Healthcare

“The healthcare industry is going through an amazing change in business models.”

The WITCH Monthly Monitor (October 2019)

Our monthly update on major global IT consulting and services firms in healthcare. It provides latest financial and market performance updates on WITCH companies along with other global IT consulting firms.

White paper: What health systems must do to accelerate digital transformation

Our latest white paper explores how health systems can accelerate digital transformation.

The WITCH Report: 2019 Mid-Year Review

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

Research Report: The current state of healthcare digital transformation 

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


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Human-centered design and digital health

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Our new website is live!

October 28, 2019 A very Happy Diwali to our readers from India. We’re super-excited to share our new website that the team has been working