Every few weeks, I take a look back on the stories that made an impact on me. Here is a roundup of my latest top 10 from March 16-31, 2019.

  1. This story is on a topic that cannot be emphasized enough: cybersecurity is a huge issue for the healthcare sector and everyone in an organization even peripherally related to the sector needs to understand how to protect themselves from being attacked or exploited.
  2. In a recent report, the U.S. White House demonstrates it has recognized the importance of developing tools, technologies and strategies to manage the rapidly growing senior population.
  3. During a recent panel discussion on innovative ways to meet the needs of communities and how the healthcare system is adapting to outside forces, American Hospital Association President Rick Pollack highlighted the increased engagement of patients in their own care, new entrants into the field such as Google, Apple and Amazon, and the expanding roles of traditional players such as pharmacies and health innovation companies.
  4. As a Canadian, I’m proud that Toronto General Hospital made Newsweek’s list of top 10 hospitals in the world!
  5. Recent U.S. federal government rules will make it easier for patients to access their own healthcare data. But success will hinge on helping patients/consumers make sense of what they see. Will that result in “digital health advisers” – a version of Alexa or Siri for digital health consumers? I can’t wait to see!
  6. With the ongoing failure of drugs to treat Alzheimer’s, it’s exciting to see that the U.S. FDA is considering the use of the first-ever medical device to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Designed by an Israeli company, the NeuroAD, as it is called, is already approved for medical use in Israel, Europe and Asia, according to IEEE Spectrum.
  7. Successful adoption and implementation of digital health technology depends on patients feeling they can trust how their personal health data is being captured, stored and used. Stories like this, which reveal that various mobile apps are selling personal health data to private companies even outside the health care sector, will only exacerbate the lack of trust.
  8. If you live in Ontario and work in health care, you are no doubt keenly aware of the new government’s changes in direction and strategy. This is an interesting debate between two former Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care deputy ministers on how that will play out. If you missed it, it’s worth watching!
  9. It’s clear that there is a shift under way when a huge retailer like WalMart gets into providing full-service medical clinics in Canada.
  10. We are proud to have had the opportunity to participate in a recent event with Digital Health Canada, which is partnering with the Centre for Education and Training on a Futures in Digital Health program for newcomers to Canada. Congrats to all the grads, and we look forward to seeing some resumes!