July 13, 2020
In a focus group discussion with several healthcare CIO’s last week, the one thing that caught me by surprise was how telehealth volumes have dropped off across the board from the peak levels following the pandemic. We had included a report here from the Commonwealth Fund on this trend a couple of weeks ago. The reasons for the drop off are many, and don’t reveal a full picture yet. However, as we enter the second half of the year, telehealth companies seem to be anticipating continued growth, as indicated by multiple funding rounds for new capital, the latest being Doctor on Demand.
My latest podcast guests are Mike Alkire, President at Premier Inc. and Dr. Jonathan Slotkin, Vice Chair of Neurosurgery and Associate Chief Medical Informatics Officer at Geisinger. They discuss the new syndromic COVID-19 surveillance tool launched at several health systems recently. Take a listen.
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Digital transformation in healthcare: our picks for the week
CMS publishes the detailed guidance on how healthcare providers should be documenting and reporting electronic clinical quality measures for telehealth encounters.
Breakdown of M & A in the digital health space. Although most deals are undisclosed and some are partial asset acquisitions, the numbers undeniably show a busy year for the space.
Like its competitors, the telehealth provider highlighted a major increase in business since COVID-19.
VC firm Rock Health’s mid-year review indicates US digital health companies raised $5.4 billion in venture funding across the first six months of 2020. Large deals are once again driving the overall trend as average deal size hit a record $25.1 million in H1.
Walgreen’s reach into primary care is an indicator of how the healthcare sector is getting transformed by non-traditional players.
The longtime partners will build out what they’re calling the world’s largest-ever remote intensive care system, as the VA is poised for a significant increase in IT funding.
Patients have generally gone to their doctor’s offices to obtain remote monitoring devices –but the pandemic is proving they do not have to.
A recent study suggests that individuals’ perceptions of and reactions to COVID-19 screening hotlines are affected by their trust in its source and how they believe the service is being delivered.
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The latest from Damo Consulting
“The nation needs an automated, real-time, effective syndromic surveillance system to detect COVID-19.”
Our latest white paper contains a detailed summary of the Interoperability and Patient Access Final Rule and the 21st Century Cures Act, along with technical and implementation standards.
‘A Model for Digital Transformation.’
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.
This white paper explores how health systems can accelerate digital transformation.
The WITCH Monthly Monitor (June) – 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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