March 15, 2017
Alexandra Bohigian

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Moderated by Dr. Clay Johnston, Dean of UT Austin’s Dell Medical School


Alex Gorsky, CEO of Johnson & Johnson

Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President, CEO of IBM

At the annual SXSW event in Austin, Texas, the team at Enola Labs attended a panel moderated by Dr. Clay Johnston, the Dean of the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School. In order to provide a balanced discussion on healthcare and digital, the panel featured Alex Gorsky, CEO of Johnson & Johnson, and Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President, and CEO of IBM. The purpose of this talk was to describe how technology and healthcare are currently collaborating and to discuss why there is a strong need for digital technology in this space.

Collaborating: Digital and Health

With the healthcare industry existing in this digital age, it is impossible to avoid collaboration. It is critical that digital tools be incorporated into healthcare for several reasons. Alex Gorsky, CEO of Johnson & Johnson believes that digital tools being utilized in healthcare is vital for helping providers better detect adverse events in patient health and to better identify patient populations where this data can be applied.

The Role of Data in Healthcare

“Healthcare is a problem you can’t solve alone”- Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President, CEO of IBM.

Now and in the future, data will be at the center of solving some of healthcare’s most complicated issues. Researchers in healthcare, and providers, are going to need technologies that can help them understand complex and abundant data. Collecting all of the data is only half the work – it is important that practitioners bring the data together in a way that it is transformable and that the information is put into terms that help the doctor and patient better understand the diagnosis.

Protecting Healthcare Data

A large part of tech’s influence in healthcare is the way in which technology can help gather the mass amounts of healthcare data available and process it to provide patient and population health insights. Rometty stated that there are three main considerations that need to be made in regards to data protection. These considerations should guide both technology providers and healthcare professionals when thinking about big data.

1. Strong Public Cloud Does Make Data More Safe

Contrary to the belief of some, data is always more safe in the cloud when the proper security measures are met. With all standards in place, you can make data more safe. For example, the cloud can ensure HIPPA Compliance, GXP and Quality Management Systems. Data is encrypted at every level to ensure absolute security.

2. Immune System

In healthcare or any other industry, it is important to assume that a bad event could compromise security at any given moment. In data security, big data and analytics must always be looking for something that seems to be out of place in order to prevent an attack and best protect data.

3. Strong Policy and Way to Adhere to Your Insights

Especially in protecting healthcare data, you really need a Data First Architecture. You need to have control of data: including who can access that data and where it is that data can be accessed from. From a patient point of view, having a strong, flexible data structure is important.

The panelists agreed that a distinction between population healthcare and individual healthcare must be made when protecting data. For example, patients must have their personal healthcare data protectable and accessible only to the provider and the patient. However, population based health data will be able to identify overarching trends in healthcare so that provers can make better healthcare decisions for individual patients in the future.

Enola Labs Provides Healthcare Technology Consulting in Austin, TX

The panelists’ insights into the importance of collaboration in digital and healthcare speaks to the growing healthtech trend in Austin and around the world. At Enola Labs, we have strong experience and interest in the healthcare industry, utilizing our expertise to consult healthcare providers when they face complicated technological problems in the digital age. Learn more about our Healthcare Technology consulting services and reach out to start a discussion with us.