June 08, 2020
I start this week’s newsletter with an acknowledgment of the painful memory of what happened to George Floyd in broad daylight in public view on May 25 and expressing solidarity with the #BLM movement. Tech firms across the land have started taking positions on the issues of racial inequality and injustice. I invite you to read my blog on this topic.
My pick of the week is a TED interview with Karen DeSalvo, Chief Health Officer of Google. DeSalvo talks about Google’s partnership with public health agencies, specifically on the contact tracing API (which has run into challenges over privacy protections).
Google and Apple have a different problem on their hands now. A slew of so-called “COVID-19” apps have appeared on their app stores, challenging the platforms’ ability to regulate them. The apps, for their part, collect consumer information in exchange for providing contact tracing capability, and provide little or no reassurance about privacy protections with the data. To understand how tracking and tracing technology works, read this piece in WIRED.
Telehealth claims skyrocketed by over 4000% in the wake of COVID-19, according to data published by not-for-profit group FAIR Health. Leading telehealth platform companies are raising large amounts of capital in a rush to build a dominant position in the market. American Well is planning to go public, months after raising $200 million to meet exploding demand.
My latest podcast episode features Tom White, Founder and CEO of Phynd Technologies, a digital health startup that provides a provider data management platform.
Digital transformation in healthcare: our picks for the week
Health tech brands speak out and take a stand on the issues of injustice and racial inequality in the wake of protests following the murder of George Floyd.
An analysis of insurance claims shows just how heavily the country has relied on telehealth during the COVID-19 crisis.
Karen DeSalvo, the Chief Health Officer at Google, explains the partnership between big tech and public health in slowing the spread of COVID-19 — and discusses a new contact tracing technology recently rolled out by Google and Apple.
Contact tracing apps aren’t here yet, but here’s what they do — and how you can enable them.
A proliferation of COVID-19 apps with little or no regulatory oversight is thenew digital snake oil we must deal with.
COVID-19 apps have become just another marketing tool for tech firms.
Telehealth has transformed care delivery at the U.S. federal and state level as new policies have significantly eased restrictions to ensure access to care while social distancing measures are in place.
The Department of Health and Human Services has reported an increase in cybersecurity breaches in hospitals and healthcare providers’ networks which may be due to COVID-19.
Patient and provider telehealth use has skyrocketed since the novel coronavirus began spreading across the United States — and analysts point to a “tsunami of growth” as virtual care, after years of frustrated promise, becomes the new normal.
Note: Some of the articles linked in this newsletter may be behind paywalls that need a subscription
The latest from Damo Consulting
“In future, 80% of healthcare needs will be addressed by digital health tools.”
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.
Our latest white paper explores how health systems can accelerate digital transformation.
The WITCH Monthly Monitor (May) – Our monthly update on major global IT consulting and services firms in healthcare provides latest financial and market performance updates on WITCH companies along with other global IT consulting firms.
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