The Frontier Within (Part 3): Green Signals from the FDA for Human Digitization

This is the third in our blog series on “digitizing the human body.” (Also see Part 1 and Part 2.) Human digitization has moved closer to reality, with three recent FDA-related developments strongly suggesting that regulatory hurdles to cutting-edge life sciences technologies are less daunting than generally assumed:  #1: Approval of a Digital Pill The […]

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Drones in Human Health: Transforming Life Sciences in the Wilds of the Healthcare Jungle (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this series, I discussed Dian Fossey’s approach to gaining groundbreaking insights on primate behavior by directly observing and documenting the daily activities of gorillas in their natural environment. I described how applying and combining digital technologies such as drones and artificial intelligence (AI) could enable Fossey-style research at scale to improve […]

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How a Walmart, Humana Tie-Up Would Accelerate Disruption of the Healthcare Value Chain

About two years ago, we conducted visioning exercises about the future of healthcare and its business models. We forecast several “signal events” that – should they come to pass – would mean real business change was under way in healthcare.  Ironically, one of our dummy headlines was “Walmart Acquires Humana.” Score one for our crystal […]

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Five Fundamentals for Creating a Winning Customer Experience Framework in Healthcare

While many in the U.S. are still feeling the effects of winter, the “Boys of Summer” are back in action, pitching, swinging, hitting and base-running their way through baseball’s spring training season. As the weather gets warmer, we’ll hear about the strength and versatility of individual players in particular game fundamentals; but none will be […]

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Cigna & Express Scripts: Yet Another Sign of a Healthcare Value Chain Shakeup

Another day, another healthcare intermediary is absorbed by a player intent on building scale to deliver value, control data and power up a patient-centered business model. Cigna’s announcement of its intent to buy Express Scripts is just the latest development in the ongoing compression of the healthcare value chain. We’ve been predicting these types of […]

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MACRA: Mapping a Path to Sustainable Value-Based Care

Given the flux in the healthcare industry and regulatory shifts from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), it’s difficult to envision what the industry will look like in three to five years. Based on our visioning studies, however, we’re confident that value-based care will be the industry’s organizing principle. We’re also convinced that the […]

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Transforming Pharmacovigilance with Intelligent Automation

In today’s world of empowered patients and increased attention to drug safety, the role of pharmacovigilance has never been more crucial. Healthcare organizations need to instill robust practices to detect, assess, report on and prevent adverse effects, both to ensure regulatory compliance and reduce risk for patients. Pharmacovigilance processes, however, are traditionally highly manual and […]

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The Frontier Within (Part 2): AI Innovations in Healthcare

This is the second in our blog series on “Digitizing the Human Body.” (Also see Part 1 and Part 3.)  Artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced machine learning promise to reinvent healthcare, a sea change heralded by numerous AI-driven innovations, pilot projects, products and techniques. In fact, the use of AI in the life sciences sector […]

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And the Amazon of the Healthcare Industry Is … Amazon?

Healthcare executives often ask us: “Who will be the Amazon of healthcare?”  Our answer: “Why not Amazon?” Recent news reports have suggested that Amazon is developing a healthcare platform that would integrate data from legacy electronic medical records and offer services such as virtual consultation on demand.  The company’s Echo virtual assistant could be part […]

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