Kate McCarthy

Senior Analyst

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The Healthcare Industry Is Not Immune From The Amazon Effect

Kate McCarthy January 30, 2018

Perhaps no company has been so consistently disruptive as Amazon. Their ability to step in to new markets and upend the status quo by delivering consistent customer experiences with digital innovation that provide scale and price competition is unrivaled. They have set their stakes on healthcare next with an announcement this morning that will bring […]

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Healthcare Predictions 2018

Kate McCarthy December 18, 2017

Digital Will Disrupt Siloed Healthcare Ecosystems in 2018 For those who have alarm fatigue from all the times disruption has been predicted for our industry, but never came to fruition, this time is different. All the drivers for change remain –cost, quality, regulatory — but unlike times past, the disruption is already underway. This year’s […]

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Consumer Good Unclear in CVS/Aetna Merger

Kate McCarthy December 4, 2017

CVS and Aetna have formalized a merger agreement with CVS set to acquire Aetna for roughly $69 Billion dollars. In deals of this nature, approval hinges on one thing: consumer good. The Department of Justice evaluates mergers of this magnitude to ensure benefit not just to the corporations, but to the consumers. In healthcare deals, […]

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The US Health Insurance Customer Experience Index, 2017

Kate McCarthy October 4, 2017

Health Insurers’ CX Leaves Room For Improvement, For Customers And Revenue Today, only two things predict whether someone will buy your insurance or your competitor’s: 1) is my doctor covered? and 2) price. (See endnote 1) So why should US health insurers care about how they measure on customer experience? Because customer experience leaders grow […]

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The Uncertain Future of Obamacare and the Healthcare Industry

Kate McCarthy November 16, 2016

The results of the United States Presidential election came as a shock to almost everyone – even Trump supporters. Most prepared for a Clinton win, which would have meant that even if the Republican party held onto the House and the Senate, there would still be a relative balance of power across party lines. In […]

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2017 Predictions: Big Data, Digital, and Virtual Care Key to Engage Healthcare’s Empowered Consumer

Kate McCarthy November 4, 2016

The healthcare industry is changing rapidly as its consumers begin to demand more of the organizations from whom they receive care and insurance. Not only are healthcare consumers sharing more financial risk for the insurance and care they receive, but they are increasingly purchasing insurance outside of group contracts via exchanges or Medicare and Medicaid […]

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