August 3, 2020
When Ed Marx and I started writing our book in late 2019, we had no idea what was around the corner. When the pandemic hit us, we were getting ready to head to the press with our final manuscript. We put the book launch on hold so we could review the impact of the pandemic on the themes in our book. We continued to remain busy with our work, in fact we were busier than ever helping our clients with their digital roadmaps as the pandemic accelerated the shift to virtual care models.
A few months into the pandemic, we concluded that most of our original themes were still valid. Some things had obviously changed – at least for the short term – and we got back together to compare notes and update our commentary in light of the lessons from the pandemic. And now, here we are.
Our book, Healthcare Digital Transformation – How Consumerism,Technology and Pandemic are Accelerating the Future goes on sale today.
This is the first book in the market on healthcare digital transformation since the pandemic hit us. There will be many more, I’m sure. However, I believe we have captured the urgency of digital transformation even as we wait out the pandemic. Damo Consulting’s work with our clients indicates that going digital is more urgent than ever. The book has immediate and actionable insights for healthcare executives leading digital transformation,as well as the technology provider ecosystem that supports the transformation.
This past week, I was interviewed on a podcast about digital front doors. Listen to my interview with Dr. Mark Weisman on the CMIO podcast.
My latest podcast guest is Steve Miff, President and CEO at Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation. Take a listen.
Stay safe. Wear a mask.
Digital transformation in healthcare: our picks for the week
The Commonwealth Fund lays out 3 scenarios for how the pandemic will reshape healthcare. There’s no return to “normal” this year in any of the scenarios. In all scenarios, major structural changes are expected for the healthcare sector, with possible narrowing of choices and a corresponding rise in prices. It’s an interesting read.
Not everyone wants telehealth waivers to stay.
Upstart insurer Oscar now offers telehealth primary care visits at ZERO cost for healthcare consumers in some markets (someone, somewhere is paying though).
The pandemic has highlighted the need for leveraging privately held EHR data for public health surveillance. The authors make a case for public funding for enhancing data modernization and building a surveillance system that leverages EHR data.
In an interview with Wired, NIAID’s Director Anthony Fauci talks about vaccines,school reopening, and reasons for America’s subpar performance in combating the pandemic.
CVS Health gets into the digital health formulary space. Express Scripts had launched something similar last year.
COVID-19 has led to a demand for mental health services accelerating the adoption of telemedicine.
The guidelines suggest the ability to document all guardians and caregivers, compute weight-based drug dosage and track incomplete preventative care opportunities.
Note: Some of the articles linked in this newsletter may be behind paywalls that need a subscription.
The latest from Damo Consulting
“Data if done right, has the power to galvanize communities, inform leaders, and empower people.”
This ebook is a snapshot of the more detailed white paper ‘Interoperability and Patient Access: what it is, who gets impacted, and how to plan for the future.’
Paddy Padmanabhan shares insights about what a CMIO needs to know about the digital front door.
This paper provides best practices for a successful healthcare digital transformation in a post-COVID-19 era.
A review of the financial and market performance of global technology consulting firms in healthcare.
The WITCH Monthly Monitor (July) – 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.
* The WITCH Monthly Monitor is now available as free 1-year subscription with every purchase of The WITCH Report – Annual Review ($395).