In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, telemedicine has made irreversible progress. In a recent survey by the Association of Community Health Plans, nearly 90% of the respondents indicated they were satisfied with the experience. Clearly, telehealth’s moment has come.
The case for digital health may also be getting stronger, going by the stock market performance of many leading providers. The need for remote monitoring of chronic conditions, such as diabetes, has been a big boon for companies such as Livongo. Other emerging applications may have bright future as well. These include contact tracing and technologies that enable “contactless” experiences in the patient journey. The former, in particular, has struggled with privacy challenges as well as the spectre of “immunity passports” that can be potentially discriminatory.
The large amounts of federal assistance received by health systems has raised a prickly question, even as they post huge losses for Q1: are taxpayers funding risky investment portfolios managed by many large health systems or helping them overcome the unexpected costs of the COVID-19 response? A related question is whether these same health systems will now take the bold step of offshoring IT and other back office jobs, a practice that has been in place for a long time in health plans and big pharma.
If you, like me, were among the tens of thousands of registered attendees for HIMSS20, you may have wondered at some point how much these conferences bring in for the organizers and how the cancellation affected their financials for the year. The answer is here.
Digital transformation in healthcare: our picks for the week
An eye-opener on how much healthcare industry associations bring in from hosting mega in-person conferences like HIMSS and RSNA.
Nearly 90% of recent telehealth users are satisfied with the experience. There’s no stopping this train now.
The world will be put to a serious moral and ethical test if asked to accept a system which regulates access to public places based on immunity passports. Interesting read, nevertheless, on the technological advances that can enable just such a system.
Twenty large chains received more than $5 billion in federal grants even while sitting on more than $100 billion in cash.
It will be interesting to see if hospitals receiving millions in taxpayer funded COVID-19 relief will take the bold step of shifting jobs to India and Philippines in the current economic and political climate.
Massive declines in patient admissions and surgeries take their toll on bottom lines.
Health-tech companies, public and private, are seeing increased investor interest with consumer behavior shifting rapidly in their direction.
According to the analysis by Frost & Sullivan, non-contact patient monitoring technologies are gravitating towards the use of video, sound analysis, and mobile-based platforms incorporating advanced technologies such as machine learning and AI algorithms.
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The latest from Damo Consulting
“We need to figure out how to make the shift from face-to-face medicine to virtual medicine.”
Damo Consulting announced the addition of Harry D. Fox as the Advisory Board member.
A review of the financial and market performance of global technology consulting firms in healthcare.
A complimentary e-book on highlights of the COVID-19 CARES Telehealth Program by FCC.
Damo Consulting CEO Paddy Padmanabhan speaks about the impact of Covid-19 on technology in healthcare.
It’s a remarkable story that is playing out in the technology-led enablement at the back end of healthcare organizations, even as the headlines are dominated by the heroic response efforts at the front lines of care.
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