Monday, June 28, 2021
The pandemic has dramatically expanded the role of technology in healthcare delivery. In the new era of digital/virtual/in-person care, new technologies for telehealth and virtual care models have not replaced the existing technologies – in fact, they are new and additional layers of technology that have to be actively managed and integrated with the existing technology stack. Paradoxically, digital transformation has led to more work for CIO’s and digital health leaders.
In this piece in HBR, Damo Consulting’s Board Advisor John Glaser and others argue, among other things, that health systems must look to consolidate their IT systems, optimize existing systems, and leverage vendor capabilities to support implementations using virtual staffing models. In a separate article, a group of digital health leaders share their experiences with telehealth integration and barriers to innovation.
The market for technology innovation in healthcare has never been more robust. However, most CIO’s and CDO’s struggle to identify and evaluate digital health startups for implanting their digital roadmaps. Duke Health is among several health systems who are putting structure and governance in place for evaluating digital health startups. (For those who have not seen our white paper on the digital health solution selection process and the Damo ICEATM vendor assessment framework, here is a link.)
In my latest podcast episode, I interview Mike Restuccia, SVP and CIO, Penn Medicine. In this extended interview, Mike discusses a broad range of topics including the role of big tech and EHR companies in the digital transformation journey, his approach to technology vendor relationships, and a governance model for identifying and nurturing innovative startups. Take a listen.
Have a great week.
Podcast of the Week
In this episode, Mike Restuccia discusses the state of telehealth in the pre- and post-COVID era and how the overall workload for the technology function has expanded significantly with the onset of virtual care models.
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This Week in Digital Health Markets
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What the Pandemic Means for Health Care’s Digital Transformation
Care providers must understand the ramifications for their digital health function and agenda — and how information technology can address the challenges and opportunities of their “new normal.” Harvard Business Review
CIOs tackle barriers to innovation, telehealth integration, analytics and more
Four health IT leaders from across the country discuss lessons learned during the pandemic in the latest installment in our feature series. They spotlight some “long-term ‘change the game’ strategies” developed over the past year. Healthcare IT News
Five things about Scripps Health class-action lawsuit The new financial risks for health systems that experience data breaches from cyber-attacks and ransomware. Modern Healthcare
‘Nobody is catching it’: Algorithms used in health care nationwide are rife with bias
The algorithms carry out an array of crucial tasks: helping emergency rooms nationwide triage patients, predicting who will develop diabetes, and flagging patients who need more help to manage their medical conditions. But instead of making health care delivery more objective and precise, a new report finds, these algorithms — some of which have been in use for many years — are often making it more biased along racial and economic lines. STAT News
Duke launches clinical center to evaluate digital health platforms, wearables, sensors The Duke Clinical Research Institute, part of Durham, N.C.-based Duke University School of Medicine, established a new center for exploring and evaluating digital health measures and technologies. Becker’s Hospital Review
Regenstrief study shows EHRs underperforming for primary care Electronic health records are overloading outpatient docs with info in “disparate files and folders rather than presenting comprehensive, actionable data in a context that gives meaning,” say researchers in a VA-funded study. Healthcare IT NewsNote: Some of the articles linked in this newsletter may be behind paywalls that need a subscription.
Damo Consulting Thought Leadership and Research
The Digital Health Solution Selection Process
When health systems look for solution partners to execute their digital priorities, the decision process typically looks like this. Infographic
AI-enabled physicians: rethinking care delivery
While traditionally deeply skeptical of artificial intelligence in clinical settings, in today’s fast-changing care delivery landscape many physicians are thinking more proactively about how how AI can improve quality and patient experience. Blog
AI in healthcare: The tech is here, the users are not
The biggest challenges for AI-enabled care are delivering real-time insights into the clinical workflow and gaining acceptance from caregivers as well as patients. Innovative solutions continue to emerge. Blog