Innovation

The Tech Giants are Coming for Healthcare

By Tamara StClaire, PhD.

Editor’s Note: Dr. Tamara StClaire is vice president of enterprise innovation at GuideWell. She recently presented this topic as a keynote at the Becker’s Hospital Review Health IT and Revenue Cycle Management conference in Chicago.

Some of the biggest and most famous tech companies are making big bets on health care. The blue chips of Silicon Valley have announced they’re interested in disrupting an industry that has bedeviled us with rising costs and inefficiencies for decades. I’d like to explore the why, what and how and leave us with a few thoughtful questions.

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