Feral Leadership

Industry expert Frank Cutitta blogs on the organizational complexities of the convergence of IT, marketing and data science

How drones could reinvent the delivery of healthcare

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It struck me as we had our family vacation picture taken from 300ˊ in the air that I too had become part of the consumer and commercial drone infatuation. My nephew is a police sergeant tasked with developing a drone strategy for his local squad. He admitted that most of the applications were rather mundane […]

How culture affects healthcare delivery

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Healthcare is complicated.  Healthcare across diverse cultures is even more so. Healthcare technology vendors are obsessed by global economies of scale affecting healthcare delivery: How many codes and components of their products are compatible with the systems in the international markets they sell?  Needless to say, the greater the localization needed, the higher the development […]

How internal “Shark Tank” competitions drive organic innovation

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Never can one underestimate the role of a competition for driving innovation. Surely it can and should happen organically. But anyone who’s been to a middle school science fair knows that bragging rights can produce some very impressive results. This concept has not been lost on applying “Shark Tank”-style innovation competitions within the corporate world. […]

Four global universals of healthcare technology

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Every day we read about another shift in the technicalities and funding of the Affordable Care Act, a controversy at the U.S. Department Health & Human Services or the ability to buy health insurance across state borders. To spin an old Tip O’Neill line, one could argue that, “All healthcare is local.”  Many in Europe, […]

How trust drives social determinant data analytics

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Navigating social factors well beyond the healthcare provider’s control have always been key to providing quality care. With the shift to value-based care driven by population health and precision medicine, the ability to factor in social determinants has become more important than ever.  Fortunately, technology has made analyzing that kind of information much easier. Unfortunately, […]

Could ‘shadow IT’ lead to shadow innovation?

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Volumes have been written about shadow IT being the bane of the existence of enterprise CIOs. The fact is that many IT shops are unable to keep up with the technology trends in the business units they service. This challenge has resulted in those BUs establishing their own tech teams who breathe the oxygen of […]

‘Dr. Google’ and the emergence of cybercondria

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Dr. Google has the largest practice ever known to humankind and he doesn’t even have a waiting room where you get a clipboard with a paper patient inventory form. In B2B marketing we find that a disproportionate number of prospects make their decisions as a result of a search before they ever talk to a […]

A procrastinator’s guide to GDPR in healthcare

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Arguably, not since Y2K has there been such a time-centric frenzy about data risk and liability as we’re seeing with the start date for GDPR in Europe on May 25th. For those unfamiliar with the alphabet soup of the European Community, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a directive designed to harmonize data privacy […]

How APIs will stitch together healthcare

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If you want to see healthcare technology executives’ eyes roll back in their heads, start a discussion on interoperability. Most consider it the epitome of hype curve terms which almost immediately positions the deliverer as out of touch with the needs of the modern healthcare IT buyer. Don’t get me wrong. Do healthcare payers and […]

Is your chatbot from Mars or is your chatbot from Venus?

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In his seminal work on communication across genders, John Gray enlightens men that when their wife or partner raises a problem that she had at work or with a friend, it may be best to just shut up and listen. This is not easy because the genetic impulse for men is to jump in and […]