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6Nov, 2017

Silicon Valley and Healthcare (Part 6)

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In our ongoing series on Silicon Valley and healthcare, we began with the discussion of Alphabet/Google’s growing interest in healthcare. We continue this series with Google, so that we can discuss Amazon, Inc. next, and then discuss other, much less prominent players, coming into healthcare. We believe that Amazon will have the largest impact on healthcare in 2018. It seems that the news of healthcare technology is clogging not only my email, but also my Twitter feed daily. As a student of healthcare for over 25 years, I have been […]
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7Oct, 2017

Silicon Valley and Healthcare (Part 5)

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As we continue our series on Silicon Valley and Healthcare, we move to Mountain View, California; the headquarters of Alphabet, Inc. and its monster subsidiary, Google, Inc. Later in this series, we will discuss what we think is the coming battle between Google and Amazon in healthcare, and possibly in other industries. I don’t think many companies have had the impact that Google has had in our modern world. I was fascinated when I could search what was the emerging web, on Mosaic, one of the first search engines available. […]
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14Sep, 2017

Silicon Valley and Healthcare (Part 4)

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Though Apple continues to advance in healthcare with the announcement on September 12, 2017, of the new Apple Watch, we will close this series with Part 4 for now. Later, in our future blogs, we will spend some time discussing Amazon, IBM, and other companies from Silicon Valley who are advancing into healthcare. As noted above, Apple just announced a new Apple Watch, and CNBC reported that Apple is working with Stanford University, as well as a telemedicine company America Well, to effectively turn the Apple Watch into a full-time […]
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24Aug, 2017

Silicon Valley and Healthcare (Part 3)

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In 2008, I gave a speech at a Florida International University conference, and I discussed the view that we were entering a new renaissance in healthcare. I must say, I am still amazed and saddened how so little has changed in the last nine years. As an optimist, I believe that change is around the corner, and the rest of this blog shows that hope. We have always advocated the need of transformation in healthcare, and more utilization of technologies that have already transformed nearly every other industry in the […]
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28Jul, 2017

Healthcare’s Disruptive Transition – Part 4

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One of the things that continues to shock us in healthcare are the costs to administer the back-office, or the cost to generate, send, process, pay and receive a medical claim. How big is this administrative cost of healthcare in the U.S.? What if we told you that the healthcare administration costs are approximately $333,000,000,000 USD (three hundred thirty-three billion USD) per year. Would you believe your eyes? Yes, the United States of America spends more in healthcare administration than many, many countries spend on healthcare in total! For instance […]
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9Jun, 2017

Healthcare’s Disruptive Transition – Part 2

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We began this series discussing how the second wave of Baby Boomers or the “trailing edge,” will likely change healthcare materially and permanently. In our last blog, we suggested that this “trailing edge” will change healthcare by being the first generation to take a more active role in their healthcare, be materially more demanding of technology, and more questioning of their caregivers. After all, this is the generation that has witnessed the emergence and mainstreaming of revolutionary technology: the color television, fax machines, pagers, cell phones, the Internet, social media, […]
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8Jun, 2017

Healthcare’s Disruptive Transition – Part 1

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Over the next 10 years, we will see more profound transformations in healthcare than the last 30 years. As we will discuss in our new series of blogs, the transformations will be driven by consumer demands and changes in the use of technology, as well as the pressure by the government to drive changes to payments to providers over the next five years. This process will require changes in all providers and hospitals, it will force modernization of payers systems (CMS, HMOs and other private insurance), and lastly the intensive […]
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18Mar, 2016

HIMSS 2016, Part 3

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As we noted in our last two blogs blog “every year the best and the brightest in health information technology industry via the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s (HIMSS) annual meeting meet for a week. This year it was in Las Vegas, Nevada. I will admit, I missed it; and maybe I should have gone to this one. I have received 100s of industry emails. Something certainly happened; so I will take two more blogs, this and the next, and move on to other things.” The first part of […]
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10Mar, 2016

HIMSS 2016, Part 2

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As we noted in our last blog “every year the best and the brightest in health information technology industry via the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s (HIMSS) annual meeting meet for a week. This year it was in Las Vegas, Nevada. I will admit, I missed it; and maybe I should have gone to this one. I have received 100s of industry emails. Something certainly happened; so I will take two more blogs, this and the next, and move on to other things. There has been major talk about […]
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3Mar, 2016

HIMSS 2016 Part 1

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Every year, the best and the brightest in the health information technology industry, via the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s (HIMSS) annual meeting, meet for a week. This year, it’s in Las Vegas, Nevada. An amazing experience I have enjoyed on more than one occasion. The convention is attended by sizeable healthcare delivery systems, clearly large and small technology companies. Almost always missing; actual healthcare providers. The sad news of that is, everyone is building and demonstrating technology that impacts the providers more than anyone. In the 3 times […]
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