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The Healthcare Digital Transformation Leader Weekly Newsletter: Issue #137

November 29, 2021 I Issue #137

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Digital Health in the News

Walgreens bets all its chips on a new healthcare strategy. Will patients buy in?

The company launched a new health division and has doubled down on its plans to open primary care clinics with VillageMD. It faces big competitors in CVS and Walmart, and it’ll take time to see if its new strategy pays off. MedCity News

Amazon Care Inks Deal With Hilton, Yet Again Proving Its Might In Innovative Disruption

Amazon’s long list of accomplishments just grew a one line-item longer: a newly inked and ground-breaking deal with one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, Hilton. The deal entails Hilton employees being able to access Amazon’s healthcare platform for on-demand medical services, upending the traditional model of employee health insurance services. Forbes

Health Interoperability Outcomes 2030: Public sentiments analyzed 

In May 2021, ONC launched Health Interoperability Outcomes 2030 to engage the public and seek out aspirational, achievable, and measurable “Interoperability Outcome Statements” for 2030. ONC received over 700 submissions during the public comment period.

This Week in The Big Unlock Podcast

Dr. Mark Weisman discusses the role of analytics and informatics in identifying bottlenecks and the opportunities where technology may be harnessed to enhance the quality of care.

Previous episodes

Srulik Dvorsky, Co-founder and CEO of TailorMed, discusses how healthcare organizations can improve patients’ financial management and enable the chronically ill to reduce their out-of-pocket costs and financial burden, thereby enhancing access to care.

B.J. Moore, EVP and CIO of Providence, Health discusses how strategizing with the leadership at Providence and drawing on his tech experience has helped his team usher in digital transformation in a change-averse domain

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Insights & Research

Survey: Telehealth use increases overall in 2021, but growth stabilizes

The CHIME Digital Health Most Wired survey found 26% of healthcare organizations reported a quarter or more of their patients have used telehealth, compared with only 7% in 2019. MobiHealth News

Record investment in global healthtech sees 280% increase on 2016 levels

Global healthtech has received $51.3 billion in investment this year, marking new highs for venture capitalist interest in the sector. UK and US are leading the way for innovation in this sector and tech hubs like London, the Bay Area and New York are key partners for collaboration. MobiHealth News


Today in Health IT podcast with Paddy Padmanabhan at the CHIME Fall Forum 21

In this podcast, Paddy Padmanabhan discusses the state of digital health and how it will play out in healthcare with host Bill Russell. Podcast Recording

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

In this webinar, Paddy Padmanabhan and Craig Thomas of Sanitas USA, 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. View the session recording here. Session recording

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Damo Thought Leadership and Media Mentions

Cerner creates new division to sell data, research services for clinical trials

The unlocking of patient data from EHR systems is the next frontier in digital health innovation. Paddy Padmanabhan shares his thoughts on Cerner’s new data-as-a-service offering in this piece. Modern Healthcare

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

James Bond has all those gadgets but no hand sanitizer. Avoid these 007 travel habits

Though his latest exploits involve outwitting a villain armed with a deadly virus in No Time To Die, James Bond is hardly known for promoting public health practices. NPR

Why Health Care Systems Should Invest in Medical Malls

Medical malls, a new type of care delivery location is gaining traction. They can be a pure medical center or a mix of health care services and leased retail space. There are about 30 in the United States. They have the potential to enable hospital-based systems to deliver care more effectively, efficiently, and flexibly and to help address healthcare inequities and constantly evolving public health needs while promoting local economic development. Harvard Business Review

Digital Health Funding, M&A

Athenahealth bought by private equity firms Hellman & Friedman, Bain Capital

The $17 billion deal marks the second time the cloud health IT vendor has been acquired in the past three years. Healthcare IT News

Patient engagement platform Luma Health picks up $130M to automate provider-patient communications

The San Francisco-based company aims to simplify patient outreach and reduce administrative burdens by automating aspects of the care experience like appointment reminders, scheduling and patient education. Its platform integrates with over 80 electronic health record systems. Fierce Healthcare

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