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Artificial Intelligence Will Be Foundational for Health IT in 2018

October 4, 2017 - In the healthcare industry and elsewhere, artificial intelligence is poised to become the defining feature of how humans interact with their technology, according to Gartner.  An AI foundation will underpin the burgeoning “Intelligent Digital Mesh” of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, big data analytics tools, and smart applications that can proactively predict and react to...


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Epic Systems Leads in Hospital EHR, Business Intelligence Adoption

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Health IT giant Epic Systems maintains an edge over its closest competitors in the hospital inpatient and outpatient EHR space, and continues to gain ground in the lucrative business intelligence systems market, according to the latest data from...

Open Source EHR Generator Delivers Healthcare Big Data with FHIR

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Healthcare data analysts frustrated by the lack of access to large volumes of clean, trusted, and complete patient data can now take advantage of an open source EHR data generator platform called Synthea. One million synthetic patient records...

$240M IBM, MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab Has Healthcare Focus

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Continuing its aggressive push into artificial intelligence in healthcare and elsewhere, IBM is working with MIT to invest $240 million over the next ten years in a collaborative laboratory environment dedicated to machine learning, cognitive...

Machine Learning 84% Accurate at Flagging Dementia within 2 Years

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A machine learning algorithm using protein biomarkers to identify Alzheimer’s disease was able to accurately identify imaging studies of patients progressing into dementia 84 percent of the time, according to a new study published in the...

EHR Natural Language Processing Flags Social Determinant Search Terms

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Applying natural language processing (NLP) techniques to the electronic health record can help providers identify key terms associated with the social determinants of health, says a new study out of Massachusetts General Hospital. Using QPID,...

Optum Risk Management Analytics Cut Opioid Use by 14%

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UnitedHealth Group’s Optum analytics services are helping to significantly reduce improper usage of opioids and bring providers in step with recognized clinical guidelines.  By placing limits on the amount and duration of opioid prescriptions...

430M Internet of Things Devices Means a Healthcare Big Data Tsunami

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By 2022, manufacturers will be shipping out 430 million Internet of Things devices each year, predicts a new report from Tractica, leaving healthcare providers little time to prepare for a massive influx of potentially valuable big data. As wearable...

MIT Uses Deep Learning to Create ICU, EHR Predictive Analytics

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Deep learning, a variant of machine learning that aims to mimic the decision-making structure of the human brain, can help to supplement the skills of critical care clinicians, according to a pair of new research papers from MIT. Researchers...

How Healthcare Big Data Analytics Helps Build Smart Societies

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Healthcare providers often have little choice but to focus completely on conquering the constant stream of EHR grunt work, reporting requirements, and minor administrative emergencies that make up the majority of day-to-day practice.  While...

Healthcare Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Tools Bring Big Investments

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Artificial intelligence and cognitive computing systems may be attracting a lot of hype across the healthcare industry, but the developers of these innovative data analytics techniques are already cashing in on their promises as forward-thinking...

Illinois to Use Blockchain for Healthcare Credential Management

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The Illinois Blockchain Initiative is partnering with industry coalition Hashed Health to explore how to apply distributed ledger technology to the complex issue of managing credentials and licensure for healthcare professionals. The pilot program...

Can Artificial Intelligence Relieve Electronic Health Record Burnout?

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Healthcare providers still facing frustrations years after switching to electronic health records (EHRs) may soon find some relief from burnout as artificial intelligence moves closer to reality, suggests a viewpoint article published in JMIR...

Hashed Health Blockchain Consortium Grows with Change Healthcare

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Blockchain is quickly finding its footing in the healthcare industry as more and more stakeholders join collaborations aimed at bringing the distributed data management technology to the health IT world.  Change Healthcare is the latest...

Missouri Gov. Creates State Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

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Governor Eric Greitens has signed an executive order creating a prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) for Missouri.  The new initiative, intended to help fight the spiraling opioid epidemic, means that Missouri has finally joined the...

Data Mining, Big Data Analytics in Healthcare: What’s the Difference?

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The healthcare industry is known for its overreliance on snappy-sounding buzzwords – and perhaps even more infamous for ever-so-slightly misusing them.  In the clinical environment, the correct interpretation of tiny subtleties could...

Machine Learning Algorithm Outperforms Cardiologists Reading EKGs

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A machine learning algorithm leveraging a multi-layered convolutional neural network exceeds the performance of human cardiologists when detecting a range of abnormal readings from standard electrocardiograms. Developed at Stanford, the algorithm...

Hyperledger Brings Healthcare Blockchain Closer with Fabric 1.0

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Developers interested in bringing blockchain applications to the healthcare industry have a new arrow in their quiver with the release of Hyperledger Fabric 1.0.0, the first publically available version of the consortium’s open source blockchain...

Machine Learning in Healthcare: Defining the Most Common Terms

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After a slow and unsteady beginning at the start of the decade, the healthcare industry is finally becoming somewhat more comfortable with the idea that learning to live with big data is the only way to see financial and clinical success in the...

Mount Sinai Creates Imaging Data Warehouse for Precision Medicine

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Mount Sinai Health System has created a centralized imaging research warehouse (IRW) able to integrate clinical images with deidentified electronic health record (EHR) data. The project, developed by Mount Sinai’s Translational and Molecular...

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