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The Healthcare Digital Transformation Leader Weekly Newsletter: Issue #131

October 18, 2021 I Issue #131

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Digital Health in the News

Cerner CEO: EHR Usability Key for Digital Health Transformation

The health IT vendor’s new president and CEO, David Feinberg, MD, MBA, said EHR usability is key for advancing the digital health transformation. EHR Intelligence 

Walgreens doubles down on VillageMD investment, plans broader health strategy 

Walgreens plans to invest Walgreens plans to invest a total of $5.2 billion in VillageMD, up from its original plans to buy a $1 billion stake in the primary care company. It’s part of a broader consumer health strategy Walgreens plans to use to grow its business in the future. MedCity News

Apple Studying Potential of AirPods as Health Device 

Apple Inc. is studying ways to make AirPods into a health device, including for enhancing hearing, reading body temperature and monitoring posture. The Wall Street Journal 

Mount Sinai Launches Department of Artificial Intelligence and Human Health

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has launched a new department dedicated to advancing artificial intelligence (AI) to transform health care, further positioning the Mount Sinai Health System as a leader in providing patient care through pioneering innovations and technologies. Mount Sinai Newsroom 

Albert Einstein Medical Center serves up telehealth from 4 vendors with FCC grant

Moving away from simple phone calls, 82% of the health system’s telemedicine visits are now video and audio visits. Healthcare IT News

This Week in The Big Unlock Podcast

In this 100th episode of the podcast, Unity Stoakes, Co-founder and President of StartUp Health discusses about their life-long mission to improve people’s health and well-being worldwide and how the healthcare landscape has witnessed significant changes over the last ten years. 

Previous episodes

The healthcare delivery model is changing from hospital being within four walls to getting distributed and virtualized

Amit Phadnis, Chief Digital Officer of GE Healthcare reflects on how a geographical transition and a change in domain from IT networking to healthcare has worked out for him and shares his learnings from this shift.

Traditional care relationships cannot be replaced, but virtual care can provide extra support to patients

Darshak Sanghavi, MD, Global Chief Medical Officer of Babylon Health talks about how digital healthcare providers can deliver on the sales promise they make about bringing affordable and accessible healthcare to everyone.

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Insights & Research

What do members actually want from a health plan experience?

Wellframe’s recent survey highlights some surprising trends in how members think about their health plans. Wellframe Insights

Over 50% of Hospitals will Accelerate Digital Investments to Meet the Quadruple Aim

A Frost & Sullivan survey found that more than 50 percent of hospitals are increasingly investing in IT to meet the “quadruple aim” — enhance patient experience, reduce costs, improve health outcomes and improve clinician experience. PR Newswire 

5 sectors driving digital health’s rapid VC growth

Digital health continues to break funding records as companies across the globe raked in $8.1 billion in venture capital during the third quarter. Modern Healthcare 


3 days to go!

Digital Transformation in Healthcare: Reimagine Patient Journeys Through Whole-Person Care

In this webinar, Paddy Padmanabhan and Craig Thomas of Sanitas USA, will discuss how the pandemic has amplified the need to accelerate the transformation of provider organizations, the barriers that hamper providers from achieving success, and more. Upcoming

Chart of the week

Top funded digital health categories for Q3 2021 by disclosed amount of venture capital funding, compared to their funding in Q3 2020

Damo Consulting Thought Leadership and Research

First they targeted generic drugs. Now a group of hospitals wants to build a better digital health marketplace

A new effort to tackle the thorny issue of interoperability and digital health adoption. Paddy Padmanabhan shares his thoughts in this piece. STAT News 

What do frontline caregivers want from digitized healthcare?

This article explores the impact and effects of digital transformation on frontline caregivers and what they want from digitized healthcare to make a difference in their lives as caregivers. Article

Is healthcare too hard for Big Tech firms?

With Google Health and Apple both reported to be, respectively, closing down and scaling back their healthcare efforts, it’s worth asking just how disruptive consumer technology companies can be in this hugely complex and fragmented industry. Blog

Healthcare Digital Transformation – How Consumerism, Technology, And Pandemic Are Accelerating the Future

The book by Paddy Padmanabhan that provides actionable insights on developing enterprise digital roadmaps and implementing digital health solutions at every touchpoint in a consumer’s journey. Book

Other Stuff We're Reading

How the world learns to live with covid-19

This article explores how quickly the COVID-19 pandemic will become endemic and what the world will look like. The Economist

SSM Health, Optum to enhance inpatient, RCM & digital services in new 10-year collaboration

The St. Louis-based health system is collaborating with the UnitedHealth subsidiary to implement technology and processes that focus on improving care quality and reducing costs. MedCity News

Digital Health Funding, M&A

Devoted Health raises a record $1.2 billion to expand care for older Americans

Devoted Health, a startup using technology to provide better care for older Americans, raked in $1.23 billion in Series D funding, marking a record haul for a health tech business and one of the largest sums raised by any venture at such an early stage. STAT News

Q3 2021 digital health funding: To $20B and beyond!

This article analyses how 2021’s funding swell is changing market expectations and empowering investors to venture outside of historical funding patterns, with more dollars going toward women-led companies, women+ digital health, and health equity solutions. Rock Health 

Report: Walgreens considers acquiring health IT company Evolent 

Walgreens is considering buying Evolent Health, which makes software to help providers manage their value-based care programs, according to a recent report by Bloomberg. MedCity News

Twin Health raises $140M to manage diabetes, other chronic conditions

The startup, which says it uses “digital twins” to help people manage their diabetes, recently raised a series C round led by ICONIQ Growth. MedCity News 

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