How the pandemic changed the way health tech is developed

How the pandemic changed the way health tech is developed

Good afternoon! Last week marked the two year anniversary of the World Health Organization calling COVID-19 a pandemic, so we asked the experts to reflect on the way health tech products get developed and go to market has changed in that time. Questions or comments? Send us a note at [email protected].

Angela Yochem

EVP, Chief Transformation and Digital Officer at Novant Health, and Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Novant Health Enterprises

Prior to the pandemic, health care companies and their software vendors were not generally known for rapid development of new functions, granular levels of responsiveness, fluid roadmaps or in some cases even iterative or agile creation methods. Because the consumers of their products were slow and careful adopters, there was no reason to optimize for speed.

The onset of the pandemic compelled these organizations to rapidly build new functions into their products and platforms, as they were forced to incorporate pandemic-related workflows, data sets and functionality in response to the emerging challenges. This tested their appetite for rapid roadmap evolution, their ability to quickly deploy, pivot and deploy again and their ability to make decisions quickly, while still maintaining highest degrees of quality.

Meanwhile, with change comes opportunity — and many new entrants joined the health care ecosystem during the pandemic, creating an environment of greater competition and increased fragmentation. So the general sense of urgency continued to expand, even as the pace of delivery caught up with the demands created by pandemic response.

As a result, speed is now top of mind for all health tech creators. Some have adopted a more rapid and iterative approach to product management, others have streamlined their path to launch of new functions or components and still others have significantly edited their planned roadmap for the next few years. But the most interesting change I’ve seen is the willingness to co-create solutions with a variety of entities across the health care ecosystem. Coopetition is the new way forward, particularly in the face of such enhanced competition, and my belief is that jumping on those co-creation opportunities with unconventional partners will be the way that every product company in health care (and other industries) will compete in the coming years.

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Amit Phadnis

Chief Digital Officer at GE Healthcare


Hospitals are under immense capacity and financial pressures. They need rapid plug-and-play tools that combine different data streams from different points of care to drive productivity and improve patient outcomes.

The rapid increase in patient volume from COVID-19 necessitated hospitals have a holistic picture of the resources they had available — beds, PPE, staffing, etc. In fact, at GE Healthcare we’ve had hospital CEOs remark that they’ve made more progress on digitization than they ever thought they would in the next five or seven years.

Looking ahead, the process of developing new technology is focused around utilizing the vast amounts of data that exists, refining it and making it interoperable so it can be combined with other data sets and third-party

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Much more individuals accessed web during pandemic

Much more individuals accessed web during pandemic

Irish people’s life have turn into a lot more electronic, with far more individuals accessing the internet more routinely on a day by day basis, a survey has located.

The Central Studies Office environment (CSO) uncovered that the Covid-19 pandemic resulted in extra folks performing from property and relying on electronic services.

In its Information and Communications Technology (ICT) domestic survey, it also uncovered that the majority of on the net end users obtain the net on their mobile mobile phone.

It uncovered that a lot more than 1 3rd of every day online users are virtually continually on the web.

A lot more than a 3rd of everyday web users use it all the time or virtually all the time, up six proportion details from 2020.

This year, more than a person quarter of youthful persons aged 16 to 29 a long time made use of the world-wide-web all the time.

The vast majority of online customers use a smartphone or cellular phone to go on line, although three quarters use a laptop

Residence world wide web connectivity was best for the Dublin location (96%), as opposed with the border and mid-west locations, the two at 89%.

House world-wide-web accessibility was predominantly by way of mounted broadband with the Dublin region getting the greatest fastened broadband relationship at 92%, when compared with the west and border areas, at 78% and 75% of households respectively.

The Covid-19 pandemic has reshaped Irish existence in so several ways, not least in conditions of the frequency of use of ICT and how we use it.

Maureen Delamere

Statistician Maureen Delamere stated: “The Covid-19 pandemic has reshaped Irish everyday living in so numerous means, not the very least in terms of the frequency of usage of ICT and how we use it.

“Our each day lives are starting to be considerably more electronic, and in 2021, we were on the internet a lot more than ever, working from property and relying on technological innovation and digital services.”

At an general level, nine in 10 men and women aged 16 several years and more mature were latest buyers of the net, an boost of 1 proportion issue from 2020.

Of current net consumers, almost nine in 10 went on the net each and every working day or pretty much each and every day.

Just 8% of folks aged 16 yrs and older had hardly ever utilized the internet.

In 2021, much more than fifty percent of younger people today aged 16 to 29 many years applied the internet just about regularly – 26% applied it all the time, while a further 28% made use of it virtually all the time.

College students were the most frequent users of the web in 2021.

The vast majority of internet customers use a smartphone or cell cellphone to go on the internet, whilst 3 quarters use a notebook (PA)

(PA Wire)

Almost all students utilised the internet each individual working day or just about each and every day.

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