Bill Russell on Merger Effectiveness Prescibing Apps and more

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Bill Russell on Merger Effectiveness, Prescribing Apps, and more.

Episode 174: Show Notes.

Welcome to this edition of Tuesday Newsday where we look at as many stories that are going to have an impact on health IT as we can in 23 minutes or less! In today’s show, we have eleven exciting stories to cover. We talk telemedicine reaching into space, drones delivering emergency care services, cancer-detecting AI which outperforms humans, and more! Our final talking point is an article about hospital mergers. We cover that piece in some depth because it generated some amazing engagement on LinkedIn. New research has found that the quality of care at hospitals acquired during a recent wave of deal-making in the US either stayed the same and in some instances actually got worse. Get your weekly update of the biggest stories in tech and health today!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Challenging the idea of ‘magic hands’ with a telemedicine call reaching from earth to space.
  • New trials involving drones transporting supplies between hospitals in the UK.
  • How Partners HealthCare is helping move treatment out of hospitals and into communities.
  • New cancer-detecting AI that raises questions around AI’s role in healthcare.
  • Developments in Germany involving state sponsorship of digital health apps.
  • What Aaron Piercer is doing for EHRs with his new venture, Vital Software.
  • How CVS Health’s Transform Oncology Care is providing cheaper and more accurate care.
  • A plea to prepare homes more adequately to enable the elderly to die in peace at home.
  • Advances in healthcare cost transparency as New York launches a price comparison website.
  • The necessity to start testing AI more rigorously before implementing it.
  • Quality issues arising from hospital mergers and the need for transparency during them.


“We still have this tradition in the field that there is magic in the hands of the physician, and the reality is that there is a whole bunch of things that can be done remotely.” — @ThePatientsCIO  [0:02:59]

“AI may one day beat clinicians on detection at every level. The reality is, we still need clinicians. This is a partnership in the delivery of care.” — @ThePatientsCIO [0:07:38]

“How are we going to take home care to the next level, provide everything, all the way up to an ICU out in the home?” — @ThePatientsCIO [0:15:55]

We have to know how AI is making decisions and we have to put it through its paces before we see it in the clinical setting.” — @ThePatientsCIO [0:20:57]

“‘We’re a merger of equals.’ Please stop saying that. No one believes it. No one. From the hourly employee, to the part-time employee, to your executives, no one believes, ‘a merger of equals.’” @ThePatientsCIO [0:30:19]

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Bill Russell on LinkedIn —

Drex DeFord on LinkedIn —

Sue Schade —

Space: The Final Frontier…Of Telemedicine? —

NHS could use DRONES to transport life-saving blood and chemotherapy kits between hospitals —

Partners HealthCare aims to bring care closer to home, lower costs —

Hospitals merged. Quality didn’t improve —

Google AI Beats Doctors at Breast Cancer Detection—Sometimes —

Germany introduces Digital Supply Act to digitize healthcare —

Mint Founder Launches EHR Solution for Hospital Emergency Departments —

CVS Health Launches Transform Oncology Care Program to Help Improve Patient Outcomes and Lower Overall Costs —

More Americans are Dying at Home than in Hospitals —

New York to launch healthcare price comparison site —

In 2020, let’s stop AI ethics-washing and actually do something —


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