Dear Friends and Digital Health Affiliates,

Hope you all had a relaxing Easter break. But now, back to business as usual:

IBM Watson is shifting its machine learning / AI efforts from drug discovery to clinical trials, because of the larger market and better fit with their technology. [≈2 min]

The WHO (not the band) released its first guideline for digital health interventions, that has the purpose to encourage policymakers to review and adapt to these conditions if they want digital tools to drive tangible changes within the health care system. Further the guideline provides guidance how to consider privacy issues in regards of patient data. The WHO highlights that digital health intervention is not a substitute, but more an enhancement for a functioning health system. [≈3min]

Good news for Samsung and Apple: «Global medical app downloads exceeded 400M in 2018». Further worldwide spending on health care apps has tripled from 2016 to 2018 (based on App Annie data). [≈2 min]

More chief imitation officers – less chief innovation officers? While we believe in the potential of innovation and technology to improve the status quo, the article «health care needs less #innovation» is spot on. It claims that there is lack of best practice adaptation in health care. Health care’s problem is dissemination and implementation as everyone innovates within their own silo. Question that remains unanswered: Why is that? [≈5 min]

Quote of the week: «The cost of our health care is a threat to our economy. It’s an escalating burden on our families and businesses» – Barack Obama, 2009, Speech on AMA Health Care

Godspeed & have a productive week.

Dominik & Min-Sung