The Rise of Health Technology

The rise of health technology

Health technology continues to push the boundaries of how healthcare is delivered and has the power to create breakthroughs in our understanding of disease. This collection of articles and interviews explores the evolving role of health technology in the life-sciences sector and implications for key stakeholders. Contact us to learn more about our work in this field.

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How digital tools could boost efficiency in African health systems

– By expanding their use of digital health tools, African health systems could realize up to 15 percent efficiency gains by 2030 and reinvest the savings to improve access and outcomes.

The health benefits and business potential of digital therapeutics

– Digital-native start-ups and healthcare incumbents can both play important roles in building and scaling digital therapeutics to improve the management of chronic health conditions.

Pursuing quantum in pharma with purpose: An interview with Boehringer Ingelheim’s CTO

– Clemens Utschig-Utschig discusses how his company is exploring quantum computing for its potential to propel next-generation drug discovery.

German e-health offerings expand, but adoption remains uneven

– The e-Health Monitor 2022 for Germany shows increased adoption of the telematics infrastructure and of several citizen-focused digital offerings, but a lag in the use of electronic patient records and an uncertain outlook for e-prescriptions.

Five ways that life science companies can build tech talent

– For life science companies to meet their digital ambitions, they must strengthen their technology skills. In a challenging market, the industry is uniquely positioned to shine.

Digital health: An opportunity to advance health equity

– Digital health solutions have the potential to make healthcare more equitable. Here’s how innovators can deliver on that promise.

Germany’s e-health transformation makes uneven progress

– Our eHealth Monitor report shows solid uptakes of telemedicine and consumer health apps. But e-prescriptions, health data exchange, and patient use of electronic health records are lagging behind.

Digital health ecosystems: Voices of key healthcare leaders

– COVID-19 has made it more pressing than ever to integrate online and offline offerings and to establish integrated health ecosystems. We asked key healthcare leaders about their views to make this change happen.

The future of healthcare in Asia: Digital health ecosystems

– Asia is paving the way for digital health ecosystems, and potential ecosystem orchestrators can generate value by taking bold, strategic actions.

Telehealth: A quarter-trillion-dollar post-COVID-19 reality?

– Strong continued uptake, favorable consumer perception, and tangible investment into this space are all contributing to the continued growth of telehealth in 2021. New analysis indicates telehealth use has increased 38X from the pre-COVID-19 baseline.

Using digital tech to support employees’ mental health and resilience

– Poor mental health takes a heavy toll on individuals and businesses. New digital solutions can help employers provide personalized support and make well-being a strategic focus for their organization.

Sleep on it: Addressing the sleep-loss epidemic through technology

– Sleep deprivation has become a global problem. Can the burgeoning sleep-tech industry provide solutions?

How the medtech industry can capture value from digital health

– Medtech companies could play a major role in the digital transformation of healthcare that is under way, but they will have to make some big changes to the way they operate—and fast.

Leap to the future of healthcare: Reinvent through business building

– In a post-COVID-19 era, healthcare executives are preparing to reinvent their businesses.

Moving digital health forward: Lessons on business building

– Building a successful digital health business involves several strategic steps, as illustrated through the lens of six digital health start-ups.

Germany’s e-health infrastructure strengthens, but digital uptake is lagging

– McKinsey’s eHealth Monitor 2020, a report on digitization in German healthcare, shows a solid—and expanding—digital infrastructure that appeals to patients but remains underutilized by physicians.
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Why business building is the new priority for growth

– It can help companies diversify their revenues and keep pace with shifting customers and markets. But incumbents often lack the skills they need.

Healthtech in the fast lane: What is fueling investor excitement?

– As adoption of healthcare technology accelerates, it’s a good time for healthcare companies to consider investing in digital among nine potential “value pools.”

The European path to reimbursement for digital health solutions

– The “fail fast and break things” approach that tech start-ups favor probably won’t work in healthcare. A slower, more deliberate route to market and reimbursement is required.

How do companies create value from digital ecosystems?

– Ecosystem strategies can generate significant value both by growing the core business and by expanding the portfolio into new products and services.

Virtual health: A look at the next frontier of care delivery

– For the past 10 to 15 years, virtual health has been heralded as the next disrupter in the delivery of care, but there has been minimal uptick in adoption. The COVID-19 pandemic is pushing against structural barriers that had previously slowed health system investment in integrated virtual health applications.

The promise of digital therapeutics

– Investments in digital-therapeutics companies in the United States have grown, on average, by 40 percent a year over the past seven years. What lies ahead for this fast-moving sector?

Data and culture as stepping stones for Digital@Scale

– Pharma and medtech companies around the world have been building up their in-house capabilities in digital and advanced analytics, but five challenges to implementing a digital strategy persist.

Bioelectronics ‘jump-start’ the next wave of device therapeutics

– Blurring the lines between pharmaceuticals and medical technology, cybermedicine has the potential to become a pillar of medical treatment and play a key role in the future of medtech innovation.

Private equity opportunities in healthcare tech

– Although private equity firms have been hesitant to invest in healthcare tech, they have reason to invest in promising targets now.

External Voices


Building a healthcare ecosystem in India: A conversation with Shobana Kamineni

– The COVID-19 pandemic led to public-private partnerships that reflect the evolving nature of healthcare.

Digital therapeutics and pharma: A blueprint for success from Sanofi’s Bozidar Jovicevic

– Sanofi’s global head of digital therapeutics talks about the benefits of digital therapeutics in improving health outcomes in patients.

‘Test and listen’: Microsoft’s Jim Weinstein on healthcare tech

– In this podcast excerpt, Microsoft Healthcare’s head of innovation shares his thoughts on what technology can and can’t do in the healthcare space.

How healthcare investing efforts can drive innovation: a conversation with Matt Holt, President, Private Equity, New Mountain Capital

– Collaboration, automation, and innovation may hold the keys to the future of healthcare investing. Matt Holt, managing director and president of private equity at New Mountain Capital leads healthcare investing for the firm and shares his views.

How technology can improve the patient experience: A view from Tencent’s Alex Ng

– Alexander Ng, vice president of Tencent Healthcare, shares his vision for hospital care in 2030.