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Welcome to 2020!

January 6, 2020

In our first podcast episode of the year, Mudit Garg, CEO and Co-Founder of digital health startup Qventus talks about how he brings an interdisciplinary approach combining AI and behavioral sciences to optimize patient flow and reduce length of stay in hospitals. He provides an important insight: AI predictions don’t do much unless there is a closed-loop process to drive accountability and action.

Over the holidays, Mayo Clinic announced the appointment of a Chief Digital Officer, Rita Khan, a United Healthcare executive. As health systems appoint full-time CDOs, increasingly from outside the industry, a question that arises: How is the role of CIO being redefined in the context of digital transformation?

Cloud computing is now a $265 billion two-horse race between Amazon and Microsoft. As the battle rages on, health systems have to address a prickly question: what if your cloud service competes with you?

Apple has pursued the most comprehensive digital health strategy among the big tech firms. We include a short and comprehensive summary of their various initiatives. We also include a year-end summary of digital health M&A and, in case you missed it, my predictions for digital health and digital transformation in 2020.

Digital transformation in healthcare: our picks for the week

Amazon Has Long Ruled the Cloud. Now It Must Fend Off Rivals

The $265 billion cloud computing market is essentially a two-horse race between Microsoft and AWS. WSJ surveys the battleground for cloud supremacy.

Mayo Clinic names first chief digital officer

Mayo Clinic is making big bets on digital. Following the appointment of John Halamka as President of the Mayo Clinic Digital Initiative, comes the announcement of a Chief Digital Officer.

Healthcare’s digital transformation: 5 predictions for 2020

Short of a “black swan” event, 2020 will see a slow but steady advance in the digital transformation of healthcare.

In 2019, social determinants of health got the attention they deserve

A collection of reports points to the growing use of SDOH, especially from a public health perspective.

Apple’s 2019 in review: Research programs, health records, patents and features

Apple’s progress in digital health has been nothing short of remarkable. This piece provides a comprehensive summary of Apple’s various programs and how they fit together.

The 53 digital health mergers and acquisitions we covered in 2019

The M&A scorecard for 2019 includes several high-profile acquisitions by large tech firms and a number of digital health consolidation plays.

Study: Hospital M&A doesn’t improve patient care

Hospital M&A has mostly been about competitive and negotiating power against insurance companies.

The latest from Damo Consulting

Podcast – Episode #32: With Mudit Garg, CEO and Co-Founder, Qventus

“AI predictions need a thoughtfully designed closed-loop to drive action.”

The WITCH Monthly Monitor (December 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.

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.

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