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Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare: Augmentation or Companionship?

February 24, 2017 - Every year, the HIMSS Conference and Exhibition acts as a barometer for the health IT industry, reflecting the most promising trends and hottest buzzwords capturing the attention of regulators, developers, providers, and consultants. In 2015, “big data analytics” had just hit the scene as the must-have initiative for healthcare organizations.  In 2016, data collection started...


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Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare: Augmentation or Companionship?

by Jennifer Bresnick

Every year, the HIMSS Conference and Exhibition acts as a barometer for the health IT industry, reflecting the most promising trends and hottest buzzwords capturing the attention of regulators, developers, providers, and consultants. In 2015,...

Genomics, Clinical Decision Support Combo Cuts ED Visits by 42%

by Jennifer Bresnick

Providers who combined genetic testing with a clinical decision support tool to treat home health patients using multiple medications were able to reduce hospital readmissions by 52 percent and cut ED visits by 42 percent, according to a study...

UCSF, Intel Partner for Healthcare AI, Deep Learning Project

by Jennifer Bresnick

The University of California San Francisco and Intel Corporation have partnered to create a deep learning analytics platform that will deliver clinical decision support and predictive analytics capabilities to its users. The platform seeks to...

ONC Picks FHIR Health Data Aggregation App Contest Winners

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Office of the National Coordinator has picked six data aggregation, EHR utilization, and patient experience developers as winners of the second phase of its API-based app challenge.  The industry-wide competition, announced in March...

Cleveland Clinic, IBM Watson Partner for Population Health

by Jennifer Bresnick

Cleveland Clinic and IBM Watson have agreed to a five-year collaboration to further their work on data-driven population health management, the two companies announced in a press release.  The project will aim to establish best practices...

Microsoft Takes on Blindness, Eye Care with AI, Machine Learning

by Jennifer Bresnick

A new international collaboration, headed by Microsoft, will explore the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning for preventing blindness and improving eye health for patients around the globe, the company announced this week. ...

6 EHR Patient Safety Strategies for Medication Orders, CPOE

by Jennifer Bresnick

Electronic health records have a mixed reputation when it comes to patient safety, leading to numerous public and private initiatives to improve usability and implement new features to prevent accidental harm.  The ONC is contributing to...

UCSF to Develop Machine Learning for CDS, Imaging Analytics

by Jennifer Bresnick

The University of California San Francisco’s Center for Digital Health Innovation (CDHI) and GE Healthcare are partnering to develop a cache of machine learning algorithms and imaging analytics tools that can be used to provide clinical...

Using Big Data Analytics, Systems Engineering to Tackle Sepsis

by Jennifer Bresnick

Sepsis is a silent and shockingly effective killer, causing mortality in close to a third of patients, but researchers at North Carolina State University are planning to make big data analytics an even more powerful force than this insidious,...

Natural Language Processing Markets Set to Grow in Healthcare

by Jennifer Bresnick

Natural language processing (NLP) is quickly becoming one of the foundational big data technologies that will allow healthcare to move forward with complex analytics, according to a series of market reports predicting significant growth for NLP...

CancerLinQ Data Lake Gathers Electronic Records of 1M Patients

by Jennifer Bresnick

The CancerLinQ initiative now boasts electronic health data from one million cancer patients, adding to the platform’s ability to help oncologists across the nation improve their quality of care. The project, founded in 2013 under the auspices...

Clinical Decision Support May Boost ID of Chronic Kidney Disease

by Jennifer Bresnick

EHR-based clinical decision support (CDS) tools, including risk assessments and patient registries, may be able to improve early detection of chronic kidney disease, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine,...

Smart Big Data is Key to Population Health, Value-Based Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Big data is everywhere in the healthcare industry, flooding in by the gigabyte each time a patient seeks care from a provider.   From intake to discharge and every step in between, a patient’s data determines what will happen,...

EHRs Can’t Keep Up with Healthcare Analytics Abilities, Needs

by Jennifer Bresnick

The electronic health record simply isn’t evolving quickly enough to keep up with rapid innovations in healthcare big data analytics and the increasingly complex needs of end-users, says an editorial published in the Journal of the American...

Precision Medicine, Data Exchange, CDS on New ONC Leader’s Agenda

by Jennifer Bresnick

Late last week, Dr. Vindell Washington stepped into the top spot of the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) after Karen DeSalvo announced that she would be relinquishing the position to focus on other duties at HHS.  Washington, an...

Psychosocial Data, Big Data Analytics Can Improve Patient Care

by Clay Richards

The fact that health outcomes tend to be worse for patients in poverty or who have lower levels of education should come as no surprise to many clinicians. But most hospitals have only worked around the margins to incorporate concerns about income,...

FHIR App Provides Precision Medicine Support at Point of Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Two of the most intriguing trends in healthcare may be able to work together to bring advanced clinical decision support directly to the point of care, suggest researchers who developed a FHIR-based precision medicine application that integrates...

Cognitive Computing Use Grows in Precision Medicine for Cancer

by Jennifer Bresnick

While the national Precision Medicine Initiative and its private industry counterparts are not focused solely on the search for a cure for cancer, the strategies, tools, and technologies that comprise this multi-faceted effort are well-suited...

Imaging Analytics Get Big Data Boost from New Partnerships

by Jennifer Bresnick

Diagnostic data from imaging studies such as x-rays, MRIs, and CAT scans is usually locked away in the images themselves, or in accompanying free-text reports attached as PDFs to electronic medical records.  However, a series of new partnerships...

CancerLinQ Big Data Analytics a “Powerful Tool” for Oncology

by Jennifer Bresnick

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) isn’t the only one attempting to bring “learning” big data analytics capabilities to clinicians at the point of care, but they are among the most successful organizations focused...

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