Healthcare Switzerland | Finanz und Wirtschaft | 10 September 2014

Digital gym instructor on your wrist

Gadgets that measure health-related functions are flooding the market. But the so-called wearables are only a small portion of the digital health mega-trend. According to Arthur D. Little, we will see different growth rates in four segments of digital health. The consultants expect telehealth to be the fastest-growing sector. In contrast, Arthur D. Little’s analysts expect wireless health to become the largest sector in digital health, and mobile health to be the second largest.

Corporate Germany | Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung | 04 September 2014

A new self-understanding in consulting business

Dr. Fabian Dömer, Managing Partner Central Europe at Arthur D. Little, assessed the most important criteria for a successful collaboration between companies and consultants. The most important criteria are mutual trust, openness and real willingness to change. Companies are affected by the high dynamics of change and complexity in their ecosystems. Therefore, it is more important than ever to detect changes in the competitive environment early and anticipate technological innovations. As external observers, consultants can see a more coherent picture of the overall situation, which can be used by companies for further development.

Healthcare UK | European Pharmaceutical Manager | 01 September 2014

Let’s Get Digital

This article, based on Arthur D. Little’s recent study, “Principles of Winning Digital Strategies”, emphasizes value to the end patient as the key to success in digital health as this phenomenon increases its influence in the pharmaceutical industry between now and 2020. It advises companies to make linking the patient, physician, payer, healthcare provider, and supplier to facilitate communication as the main vehicle to improving the patient’s care. The article goes on to detail eight principles for companies in the pharmaceutical space to consider as they build their digital strategies.

Travel & Transportation UK | Air Transport World | 01 September 2014

The Age of Asia

This article draws from Arthur D. Little’s 2014 World Airport Report, featuring an interview with ADL principal Mathieu Blondel. Blondel explains an overarching trend of Asia having established dominance in terms of air traffic passenger numbers, with developed regions such as North America and Western Europe having declined. Malaysia was the top-performing country in Asia, but Blondel predicted that that could go down after the two recent losses of two Malaysian Airline aircrafts. Other significant gains by the developing world over the developed world were made in Eastern Europe, while Western Europe stalled. Blondel cites such factors as political stability and economy, as well as airport infrastructure, as major influences in air traffic performance across regions.

Energy & Utilities Germany | Wirtschaftswoche | 25 August 2014

Energy subsidies – better off without it

Meanwhile, Germany’s energy policy, with its huge subsidies, is known all over the world. The German way of increasing share of renewable energy comes with several disadvantages – and more and more citizens are raising their voices. In a professional article that was intensely commented on after it was published, Dr. Matthias von Bechtolsheim and Tim von Armin show strategies to strengthen innovation capabilities and reduce the costs for the German population.

Healthcare UK | Scottish Pharmacy Review | 15 August 2014

The Impact of Digital Health on the Pharmaceutical Industry

Written by Thilo Kaltenbach, a partner in Arthur D. Little’s Healthcare practice, and drawing from the consultancy’s recent study, “Principles of Winning Digital Strategies”, this article reveals a lack of active digital health strategies among pharma companies, even though the industry as a whole is building its future around these technological developments. However, most companies also believe it will be crucial to have such strategies in place by 2020, when digitization is predicted to have revolutionized the healthcare industry. The article explains how a strong digital solution must address the whole customer journey and focus on specific stakeholders within the healthcare system, including patients, physicians, payers, and healthcare providers and suppliers. For example, physicians need to be addressed because they influence patients, the end receivers of the offerings. The article also discusses qualities that a winning digital solution needs to have, such as strong value add, connectivity, and regional applicability.

TIME Germany | Süddeutsche Zeitung | 07 August 2014

Next please

Japanese mobile entrepreneur Masayoshi Son withdraws from the bidding for the US business of Telekom. The resistance of the cartel regulators seemed to be too strong. "In the United States, the providers on average make twice the revenue per customer as in Europe," explains Christian Niegel, mobile expert at strategy consultancy Arthur D. Little. “Therefore, the American authorities have a strong interest to keep supporting competition.” According to Niegel, the Americans are well ahead of the Germans concerning the development of the new mobile radio standard LTE. Thus, he does not consider mergers necessary to stem the investments in network expansion, as is needed in Europe.

Healthcare Germany | Handelsblatt | 16 July 2014

Novartis searches for a digital perspective

Pharma giant Novartis bought the rights to use Google’s intelligent contact lenses. Among other functions, the lenses are capable of measuring the glucose concentration within the eye and sending it to a smartphone. “We see the cooperation as trend-setting within the digital health market,” says Dr. Thilo Kaltenbach, a partner at Arthur D. Little. “Together with the perspective of technology firms, it is easier to realize innovations in the pharmaceutical and medtech industry,” he adds.

Healthcare UK | Eye for Pharma | 15 July 2014

Pharma execs gear up for the digital revolution

This article, drawing heavily from Arthur D. Little’s recent study, “Principles of Winning Digital Strategies”, discusses how digitization of healthcare has gone from “a nice marketing gimmick” to a “transformational strategy”. The article states how by 2020, digital health initiatives will facilitate new business segments for companies and enhance competitive advantage. As a large portion of pharma companies have not yet implemented digital health strategies, the article emphasizes that in order to have active digital health strategies in place by 2020, pharma companies need to act now.

Healthcare UK | The Chartered Institute of IT | 15 July 2014

When pharmaceutical meets digital

This article, drawing on Arthur D. Little’s recent study, “Principles of Winning Digital Strategies”, talks about how even though digital health strategies will be a promising opportunity for the future, the trend has not reaped many rewards yet. Although a significant portion of pharma companies have yet to implement digital health strategy solutions, the article says that by 2020, the trend will have established prominence in the industry and organizations will need to have put strategies in place. The article discusses necessities for successful digital health strategies, such as system intelligence, devices on which patients can use technology, and health status-tracking sensors.

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