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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 stake in ground in its fight for patients to have unfettered access to their data (and promoted API-led connectivity as a means to getting there). We include a piece from Politico which unpacks the politics and vested interests pushing for and against patient access to their data. Separately, Google found itself in a defensive position on its recent spate of data-sharing partnerships, even as EHR vendor Epic reportedly has started notifying its clients of its intent to suspend integration work with Google Cloud, citing a lack of customer interest.

By coincidence, our podcast guests this week are from Epic. Sean Bina, VP of Access and Patient Applications and Seth Hain, VP of R&D (it’s a doubleheader!) discuss how they are driving patient experience and clinical outcomes through advanced analytics on cloud platforms that their customers choose to work with. Epic is also unique in its efforts to drive price transparency by providing cost information for procedures to patients at the point of care. Take a listen.

And for the grand finale, we picked the weirdest story reported from JPM week in San Francisco.

Digital transformation in healthcare: our picks for the week

ONC releases 5-year federal health ITroad map pushing data access through smartphone apps and APIs

The proposed 5-year plan from ONC pushes for API-led transformation of health IT and renews its pledge to increase patient access to their medical records.

Health care data-sharing rules touch off intense lobbying fight

The politics and the vested interests pushing for and against patient data sharing.

Google Health has the data, but can it gain patients’ trust?

Google Health clarifies the details of its arrangement with Ascension.

Epic Systems, a major medical records vendor, is warning customers it will stop working with Google Cloud

Epic has been notifying customers it will stop pursuing further integration with Google Cloud.

JPM: No sleep, exiled mattresses,cleared bank accounts: Getting deals done at JPM

Can the reporting from JP Morgan get any weirder? You decide.

Healthcare data breaches will cost industry $4 billion by year’s end, and 2020 is poised to be worse

The grim stats on healthcare data breaches. Providers are the most vulnerable today.

Our body systems age at different rates, study finds, pointing to personalized care to extend healthy life

Do you know what “ageotype” you are?

A forerunner in ‘smart pills’ adopts a new tack as key pharma partnership unravels

The unraveling of partnerships between pharma and digital health is mainly due to lack of acceptance in clinical workflows in hospitals.

Upping the ante on the digital patient experience — key thoughts from NYU Langone CIO Nader Mherabi

The CIO of NYU Langone talks about their digital front door app.

Teladoc to acquire InTouch Health for $600M

Digital health M&A is off to a strong start this year.

The latest from Damo Consulting

Podcast – Episode #34: With Seth Hain, VP of R&D and Sean Bina, VP of Access and Patient Engagement, Epic

“We essentially see ourselves as stewards helping clients manage their data.”

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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

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