Healthcare players are being forced to move on their digital transformation efforts, and Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft are lending their tech-savviness to become partners for the job.
The world’s biggest tech firms see an opportunity in health care, which could mean empowered patients, better diagnosis of disease and lower costs.
But as big as it is, big tech can’t eat the $9 trillion healthtech pie on its own.
Their weight, level of involvement, size of investment and even their approach vary, but they all make waves in healthcare. Given their background, they all focus on the technological side of medicine, and here’s the only bit I’m missing from their side: patient centricity.
But just as healthcare is complex and requires as much technology as empathy and care, I’m sure patient focus and even involvement will inevitably come.
Apple CEO Tim Cook claimed in 2019 that his company’s greatest achievement will be “about health.” But the pandemic has shown that Big Tech’s involvement in health care is all about data collection.
America’s tech companies have been leading the way for how large employers should aid in the country’s pandemic response.
Some of the smartest people in business and technology have taken up the challenge to "fix healthcare" in America and have fallen short. Companies such as Google, IBM, Walgreens and Microsoft have waded into large ventures that did not succeed. Most recently, some of the nation's best brains from Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase disbanded their Haven Healthcare project less than three years after its launch.
How health care is turning into a consumer product.
Start-ups and tech companies are creating products to address women’s health care needs. It’s still a small segment of the market, but growing.
Their focus is on the metaverse, cars and health care.
Based on their past innovations (and earnings), there are very few things Apple and Google can’t do. One of those things, I predict, will be transforming healthcare.
Apple tends to command greater trust among its billion users than any of its big tech competitors, as its business model doesn’t require exploiting user data through advertising. Crucially, Apple has historically resisted significant pressure from governments in order to protect its users’ data
From Amazon and Apple opening clinics to Uber launching a medical transit program, technology giants spent 2018 moving into the health care space. Many of these initiatives are still in very early stages...
Don't think of it as a death. Think of it as yet another transition in Big Tech's seemingly never-ending quest to reshape American health care.
Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon are all getting involved in your health care. Here’s why.
Deals with Microsoft, IBM and Google reveal the power medical providers have in deciding how patients’ sensitive health data is shared.
It’s not the first time a group of über-wealthy, revolutionary-minded individuals have plotted to overthrow a tyrannical system. But references to America’s founding fathers aside, one outstanding question remains: How will these visionaries slay the merciless beast that the American healthcare system has become?
Apple, Google, Microsoft and other tech giants have transformed the way billions of us communicate, shop, socialize and work. Now, as consumers, medical centers and insurers increasingly embrace health-tracking apps, tech companies want a bigger share of the more than $3 trillion spent annually on health care in the United States, too. The Apple Heart Study reflects that intensified effort.
NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Ben Moskowitz, director of Consumer Reports Digital Lab, about big tech's move into the health care industry and whether we can preserve our digital privacy.
... each of the “Big 4” tech companies are leveraging their own core business strengths to reinvent healthcare by developing and collaborating on new tools for patients, care providers, and insurers that will position them for healthcare domination.
With Google Health and Apple both reported to be, respectively, closing down and scaling back their healthcare efforts, it's worth asking just how disruptive consumer technology companies can be in this hugely complex and fragmented industry.
"The ballooning costs of healthcare act as a hungry tapeworm on the American economy," Buffett said in the statement. "Our group does not come to this problem with answers. But we also do not accept it as inevitable."
The toxicity of the web is peanuts compared with Big Tech’s failure to remake the physical world.
The firms are all too eager to help the government manage the coronavirus crisis.
A doctor rarely praises an electronic health-record system for being easy to use or improving care.
Silicon Valley wants to disrupt your health care.
Branding a startup as a technology outfit, rather than a health care business, may signal to consumers that the company intends to take the perceived experience of using the service or product seriously while developing a consumer-oriented approach that has so far eluded health care incumbents.
Changing the status quo in a huge, slow-moving industry won’t be easy—it hasn’t been so far. But if we direct our energy, resources, and creativity toward addressing the systemic root issues in healthcare instead of surface-level symptoms, we will make progress toward the change we all want to see.
Big tech companies want to share data about you with your doctors.
Understanding these companies in their proper business contexts makes it easier to understand their power in the marketplace and society at large. It also suggests ways to assess, regulate and manage that power to protect competition and even democracy itself.
Developing a robust health system is not only imperative, but it will also be the greatest boon for the technology community in the next decade. There is no better way to earn our place as responsible innovators than contributing to this effort.