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The coming disruption of the established order

January 27, 2020

Big tech firms, EHR firms, and the HHS are on a collision course over access rights to patient data. Facing disruption over its exclusive access to patient data, it emerged that EHR vendor Epic had been sending out mailers to hospital CEOs to push back against the proposed HHS rules that aimed to liberate the patient data and open it up to access by patients, researchers, and technology innovators. The non-profit group Carin Alliance is brokering a meeting this week to get tech firms to align around ground rules for granting access to patient data.

It’s ironic that we should be witnessing the disruption of the established order of control of patient data at this moment in time. Last week, we lost a giant in the field of management thinking, Clayton Christensen, who gave us the original insights around how disruptive innovation can upend the established order. His seminal book from the nineties, The Innovator’s Dilemma, was a wake-up call for the leaders of well-established firms about the unseen and unknown risks from innovators at the outer edges of their markets. Fans of his work included Andy Grove of Intel (whose own book was suitably titled – Only the Paranoid Survive). We include a tribute to Prof. Christensen from the NY Times.

My latest podcast features Dr. Peter Tippett, cybersecurity pioneer and Founder/CEO of careMESH. Take a listen.

Digital transformation in healthcare: our picks for the week

Clayton Christensen, Guru of ‘Disruptive Innovation,’ Dies at 67

Few management theories caught on as much as Prof. Christensen’s views on the power of disruptive innovation.

Epic’s CEO is urging hospital customers to oppose rules that would make it easier to share medical info

In a dramatic turn of events, Epic seems to be pulling out the stops to mobilize support for its concerns over proposed HHS rules granting access to patient data.

What big tech companies aren’t saying about HHS data rules

Big tech firms are too busy signing data-sharing deals to step into the debate over patient data access. However, there are real concerns over how digital health apps are playing fast and loose with the data they gather.

Google CEO eyes major opportunity in health care, says it will protect privacy

Google has been coming out strongly in their words and actions when it comes to making a serious long-term investment in healthcare.

Hospitals Give Tech Giants Access to Detailed Medical Records

Data sharing deals between hospitals and tech firms are more widespread than anyone thought. And everyone seems to have overlooked how easy it is to identify patients even with apparently “anonymized” data.

Pfizer’s big data exec on pharma’s ‘arms race’ to partner with companies like Fitbit, 23AndMe, and others

Pharma’s insatiable appetite for patient data obtained indirectly through digital health companies.

23andMe lays off 100 people as DNA test sales decline, CEO says she was ‘surprised’ to see market turn

The slowdown in the personal genetic testing market may have serious implications for their business model which is about monetizing the data by selling it to pharma companies.

Stanford Medicine: Physicians, medical students are interested in digital health, data-driven care

The new generation of physicians in training are enthusiastic about data, analytics, and tech-enabled healthcare. That is encouraging news for digital health innovators.

Digital health, digital therapeutics, digital medicines – what’s in a name?

Breakdown of digital health and digital therapeutics marketplace. Much confusion over terminology, no clear pathway to success.

Geisinger CIO John Kravitz on His Tenure as CHIME Chairman: A Time For an Intense Policy Focus

John Kravitz, Geisinger Health CIOand 2020 Chair of CHIME, shares his priorities.

The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It

Time to scrub all those social media profile pics and replace it with a bitmoji.

Personality, language hamper health chatbot implementations

Healthcare chatbots seem to have low EQ so far.

How Doctors May Be Spending More Time With Electronic Health Records Than Patients

“Active” EHR usage is now the subject of Taylorian time-and-motion studies.

The latest from Damo Consulting

Podcast – Episode #35: With Dr. Peter Tippett, Founder and CEO, careMESH

“We give hospitals the ability to quickly and securely send patient records to outside clinicians.”

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.


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