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Paddy Padmanabhan

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Monday, May 10, 2021

Issue 113

Over the weekend, I finished reading a startlingly disturbing book on the murky and dangerous world of cybercrime that costs hundreds of billions every year, including healthcare. “This is how they tell me the world ends” by NYT reporter Nicole Perlroth is a stemwinder of a tale that walks us through the cyberweapons arms race currently raging among nation states, unseen by most of us. It also tells us how vulnerable our information technology backbone is today and how cybersecurity now needs to be a more urgent national priority than ever. Coincidentally, San Diego-based Scripps Health suffered a crippling takedown last week of its website by malware that has had patients locked out for more than a week.

While consumers and digital health solution providers continue to push for releasing access to patient medical information with the CMS information blocking rules, the case of a mental health startup in Finland that was hacked and found all its patient records dumped online in public should give us some pause. With the mad rush towards digital health riches underway, it’s a matter of time before one of them ends up being the one weak link that stops us in our tracks.

Telehealth companies continue to sell like hot cakes. The latest one to get acquired is MeMD, an unknown company that Walmart picked up to expand its presence in the virtual care market. MeMD’s customers include employers such as the used-car agency Carvana that provides virtual care and mental health services to its employees with the platform. Walmart’s other telehealth partner Doctor-on-demand recently merged with virtual rounding platform provider Grand Rounds.

As VC funding takes on dizzying heights and digital health companies mushroom, their customers are finding it hard to keep up. Clearly, the supply of digital health providers overhangs demand by a wide margin. The question may be: how soon are we going to see a shakeout? A recent study by Philips Healthcare finds that healthcare leaders are overwhelmingly committed to healthcare in the short term but expect to invest more in AI in another 3 years. 

In my latest podcast episode, I interview Sachin Patel, Chief Executive Office of Apixio, a healthcare analytics company that was acquired recently by Centene. Take a listen. 

Have a great week. 


Podcast of the Week

In this episode, Sachin Patel, Chief Executive Officer of Apixio, discusses how data science canhelp solve critical healthcare problems and empower individuals, providers, andhealth plans with reliable, actionable intelligence.

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This Week in Digital Health Markets

We are selectively featuring guest posts in our newsletter from senior leaders in healthcare and technology. Reach out to us if you would like to contribute a blog to one of our upcoming newsletters.

Scripps Health says malware took down its computer networks as state regulators monitor the situation

The cyberattack last weekend took down its IT systems stemmed from malware on its computer network. Fierce Healthcare 

They Told Their Therapists Everything. Hackers Leaked It All

A mental health startup built its business on easy-to-use technology. Patients joined in droves. Then came a catastrophic data breach. Wired 

Providers fear HIPAA changes conflict with interoperability, info blocking rules

Allowing patients greater access to and control of their health records could enable better care coordination and management. But giving more access to smartphone apps and other entities that aren’t covered by HIPAA could open a whole new can of worms. Modern Healthcare

Digital-Health Startups Are Booming. Their Customers Are Overwhelmed.

As investors pour money into health startups, customers press for price breaks and streamlining; ‘We are inundated.’ The Wall Street Journal

Walmart Deal Shows Expansion in Telehealth, New Front With Amazon

Retail giant’s move into virtual health follows Amazon’s healthcare expansion. The Wall Street Journal 

Majority of healthcare decision-makers prioritize virtual care delivery

A report by Philips Healthcare indicates that 89% of U.S. healthcare leaders say they are currently heavily investing in telehealth, though many expect to shift gears toward artificial intelligence in the future. Healthcare IT News

Healthcare hackers demanded an average ransom of $4.6M last year

The report found that healthcare was one of the industries most affected by tracked ransomware incidents in 2020, second only to education. Healthcare IT News

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What’s up with IBM Watson Health? A Discussion on the State of AI in Healthcare with Paddy Padmanabhan

In this podcast, Paddy Padmanabhan shares his thoughts on the state of AI in healthcare, what’s working today (think administrative functions), and what may still be a ways off (think complex cancer diagnostics). Podcast Recording

Digital Transformation in Healthcare WHY and WHY NOW

A session on ‘Digital maturity and digital transformation priorities in U.S. healthcare’ by Paddy PadmanabhanSession Recording

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How to optimize health IT systems for immunization drives

The right technology applications can turn the COVID-19 vaccination program into a game-changer for the healthcare industry. Blog

Corporate Announcements

Damo Consulting launches DigiM™, a digital maturity model and an online self-assessment tool for health systems. With this first-of-its-kind maturity assessment tool, health systems can benchmark their digital transformation programs against peer health systems at an enterprise level. Press Release 

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