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Welcoming our new board of advisors

November 18, 2019

We are very pleased to welcome Edward Marx and John Glaser to our inaugural advisory board. Read the announcement.

In my latest podcast episode, Steve Miff, CEO of the Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation (PCCI), a spin-off from Parkland Hospitals in Dallas, discusses how they have deployed advanced machine learning algorithms to understand the role of social determinants of health and serve vulnerable communities.

PCCI operates with the assumption that health begins “where we live, work, play, and pray.’ Steve discusses the success they have had in improving the lives of their communities and reducing the costs of care through their machine learning-based approach. He highlights the importance of a robust data management and infrastructure environment for success with predictive and prescriptive analytics in healthcare.

Last week, the media erupted in a huge kerfuffle over the WSJ’s report on Google’s partnership with Ascension Health which handed Google access to personal medical information on millions of Ascension’s patients – without their consent – leading to a federal probe of the transaction. We have featured a handful of pieces – including one from an anonymous whistleblower who is a Google employee working on this project – that provide an all-round perspective on the issues at stake. My personal take: regardless of the legality of a transaction, public perception of wrongdoing can be hard to overcome.

Digital transformation in healthcare: our picks for the week

Google’s ‘Project Nightingale’ Triggers Federal Inquiry

This incident has all the makings of a turning point for Google and other tech firms, for patients, and for regulation as it relates to ownership of personal medical information.

Ascension leader shares 8 reactions to reports on system’s work with Google

Ascension’s formal statement explaining their data-sharing agreement with Google.

I’m the Google whistleblower. Themedical data of millions of Americans is at risk

A Google employee speaks out and paints a disturbing picture of how un-encrypted personal health information is being handled within the company.

Who’s Using My Data? HIPAA and Allowed Uses

For those who want to understand the legalese behind the Google-Ascension data-sharing agreement.

Google has a trust problem, and it could kill the company’s cloud ambitions

The implications of the fallout from the Ascension deal on Google’s overall cloud business.

Valued for their tech, Silicon Valley digital health companies rely heavily on armies of faraway coaches

Underneath the slick software interfaces of digital health platforms, an army of traditional,trained workers from across the country delivers healthcare services.

AMA calls EHR fixes a ‘national imperative’ after doctors give ‘F’ for usability

A Mayo Clinic sponsored study gives EHR systems an “F” for usability and correlates it to physician burnout.

Using AI to Understand What Causes Diseases 

The case to shift thefocus of AI from predicting to understanding causes of disease.

KKR Makes Formal Approach to Walgreens Boots on Record Buyout

Giant pharma retailer Walgreens Boots Alliance is reported to be open to going private

The latest from Damo Consulting

Podcast – Episode #29: With Steve Miff, Chief Executive Officer, Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation

“Health begins where we live, work, play, pray.”

Damo Consulting announces inaugural Board of Advisors

Damo Consulting is very pleased to welcome Ed Marx and John Glaser to our inaugural board of advisors

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.


Why interoperability is cool again

February 10, 2020 All the attention for digital transformation initiatives in healthcare seem to be focused on digital front doors, AI, and the emerging tech

Data privacy in the spotlight

February 03, 2020 This past week, we saw a continued standoff between Epic and practically everyone else over opposition to implementing the proposed HHS rules around

The battle for data stewardship

January 20, 2020 This past week, patient data dominated the news cycles. First off, we had the ONC publish its 5-year IT plan planting a new

Digital medicine is just medicine

January 13, 2020 In my latest podcast episode, I speak with Daniel Barchi, SVP and CIO of NewYork-Presbyterian health system, on a wide range of