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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 the Coronavirus to the fifty thousand or so attendees. HIMSS has officially designated the event handshake-free. Read their complete update here.

In my latest podcast episode, Angela Yochem, EVP, Chief Digital and Technology Officer of Novant Health, discusses why digital care is not just about new models of care delivery using digital tools; it is also about enhancing traditional models of care delivery through digital means. She discusses how her team has developed approaches to identify and rapidly onboard innovative digital health solutions for high-impact areas such as stroke care. Angela advices health systems leaders to bring in people from outside of healthcare for diverse perspectives to improve healthcare with digital tools.

Dr. Rod Hochman, CEO of Providence Health, provides similar advice and points to how they are bringing in talent from consumer-oriented sectors to improve patient engagement with digital tools and technologies.

Data privacy and concerns around AI in healthcare continue to dominate headlines. A 2016 data-sharing contract between Google and UCSF, obtained by Stat News under a public information request, provides interesting insights into the safeguards being built into such agreements. Separately, a recent research report by Google indicates that anonymization of patient data through encryption can never be 100% effective.

See you all next week at HIMSS in sunny Orlando.

Digital transformation in healthcare: our picks for the week

Embrace Disruption to Evolve Healthcare Delivery, Dr. Rod Hochman Says

The CEO of Providence Health discusses their approach to digital. One interesting aspect of their approach: hire from outside the industry.

Providers struggling to give patients useful digital tools

Findings from UPMC study confirm what many of us know. It’s not enough to have a digital front door – the bigger challenge is integrating them effectively into the overall patient experience.

Low retention, unrepresentative samples prevalent among large app-based digital health studies

App-based clinical studies are not only not seeing much success but can be seriously flawed due to distortions in demographic representation.

Amazon, Microsoft team up with Consumer Technology Association on healthcare AI standards

A welcome move by the big tech firms to bring about some transparency in the use of AI in healthcare.

Google research suggests efforts to anonymize patient data aren’t foolproof

An important study that identifies the main problem with anonymizing patient data and why it can never be 100% effective.

Contract offers unprecedented look at Google deal to obtain patient data from the University of California

Based on a document obtained by Stat News through a public information request, we get to see what a data-sharing contract looks like. Spoiler alert: there are some pretty good safeguards for patient data in the agreement.

Former Apple CEO: Walmart’s health-care services will cause ‘a consumer revolution’

John Sculley believes that retail point of care advantage will play a big role in the future of healthcare. In case you missed it, you can catch him on my podcast last year.

As the Start-Up Boom Deflates, Tech Is Humbled

With due credit to Prince – party like it’s 1999. It’s a different bug this time: not Y2K but Covid-19. Will the outcomes be the same?

Unfriend me and don’t tweet about us: Inside the Silicon Valley prenup

It’s gotta be an interesting problem when you’re in your twenties and have hundreds of millions to protect from your spouse

The latest from Damo Consulting

Podcast – Episode #37: With Angela Yochem, EVP, Chief Digital and Technology Officer for Novant Health 

“Digital isn’t just about new care models but enhancing traditional care models through digital means.”

The WITCH Monthly Monitor (February)

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.

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.

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.


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,