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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 that transforms patient experiences. The technology enablers for creating these engaging experiences deserve mention too. In my recent article in Healthcare IT News, I discuss how the API-led transformation of healthcare IT is unlocking data and accelerating innovation.

The debate around providing access to patient data took an interesting turn last week as it emerged that some 60 hospitals had voiced their formal support for Epic’s objections to the proposed HHS rulings. Many commentators took this as an implicit disagreement with Epic by the remaining 4900 or so hospitals in the country, or the “silent majority.” I argue in my article that there is ample opportunity to innovate with the existing access, which is indeed what many health systems and digital health startups have been doing for the past few years.

Last week, we covered the leadership changes at IBM and Wipro. We include an interesting piece about the transition of leadership at some of the biggest tech firms from founders to career professionals. 

We’re a month away from HIMSS 2020. I’m looking forward to meeting many of you there. Please reach out to me if you would like to schedule some time to catch up in sunny Orlando.

Digital transformation in healthcare: our picks for the week

Tech Sector Fears Supply Delays as Effects of Virus Ripple Through China

The coronavirus outbreak’s full effects on the tech sector won’t be known for several weeks, as many factories remain closed for the Lunar New Year holidays.

Why interoperability is cool (again)

The ability to gain access to the data through reusable APIs significantly improves developer productivity, enabling CIOs to achieve more with the same resources.

Epic and about 60 hospital chains come out against rules that would make it easier to share medical info

While a handful of hospitals have signed on with Epic to push back on the proposed HHS rules, we wonder what the silent majority’s position is.

5G is here: How health systems can capitalize on the new cellular standard

A range of scenarios describing what 5G could mean for improved care delivery.

Western allies agree 5G security guidelines, warn of outside influence

Western nations remain concerned about equipment supplied by vendors that might be subject to state influence, even as the U.K moves forward with Huawei. 

Where Computing Is Headed—Beyond Quantum

As big data gets bigger and as Moore’s Law reaches its physical limits, a whole new world of computing combines quantum physics, molecular biology, and synthetic DNA. Exciting stuff ahead.

Justice Department Ramps Up Google Probe, With Heavy Focus on Ad Tools

Google experiences what it felt like to be Microsoft in the nineties. 

Ancestry to lay off 6% of workforce because of a slowdown in the consumer DNA-testing market

Following the layoffs announced by 23andME last month, it seems the DTC market for genetic testing is going up inflames.

Talk of succession atop Big Tech grows louder

The transition of leadership from founders to career employees at the biggest tech firms comes at a time when many of the firms are under regulatory scrutiny and activist pressures.

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 (January)

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.


Coronavirus conversations

March 23, 2020 Starting this week, I am doing a series of podcast interviews with healthcare IT leaders who are now in the spotlight as

Extreme social distancing

March 16, 2020 For the coming weeks, this newsletter will focus on curating articles from credible sources that provide useful information on the coronavirus crisis.

What Hath God Wrought?

March 09, 2020 I borrow the subject line this week from the first ever telegraph message by Samuel F.B. Morse in 1843. Now, as then,

No handshakes, please. Namaste.

March 02, 2020 As I write this, HIMSS2020 is set to proceed as scheduled, with additional precautions to prevent any possible risk of infection with