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Can Big Data Solve the Health Insurance Transparency Problem?

July 10, 2018 - Along with housing, food, and transportation, healthcare is one of the biggest monthly expenses for American families – and the specter of an unexpectedly high bill for a major illness or surgery haunts the tens of millions of individuals currently living paycheck to paycheck. Even non-emergency care that can be planned somewhat in advance, such as a joint replacement, can come wit...Unfortunately, neither payers nor healthcare providers are known for being particularly forthcoming about their pricing structures.  Chargemaster rates are typically jealously guarded secrets, and pricing negotiations are usually held behind closed doors. Some healthcare systems appear to have no qualms about tacking on as many fees and line items as possible to get the most ou...


54% of Healthcare Pros Expect Widespread AI Adoption in 5 Years


Artificial intelligence is quickly gaining steam in the healthcare industry as pilots and limited deployments start to prove their value.  The progression of AI is so swift that more than half of healthcare professionals surveyed by In...

Top 10 Disruptive Companies to Watch in the Healthcare Space


2018 has been a busy year for corporate news as companies with long experience in the healthcare industry acquire competitors, release new offerings, and butt up against non-traditional newcomers looking for their own slice of the highly lu...

Artificial Intelligence Tool Passes UK Medical Diagnostics Exam


An artificial intelligence tool from a company in the United Kingdom has scored higher than the average human trainee on an exam designed to test new doctors’ clinical diagnostic skills. The offering from Babylon Health achieved a sco...

Microsoft Places Bid in the AI Gold Rush with New Healthcare Team


Microsoft is bulking up its healthcare AI brain trust by bringing two new top-level executives on board.  The additions will help accelerate the company’s exploration of how to apply artificial intelligence, machine learning, and...

CMS Data Element Library Promotes Health Information Exchange


CMS has announced the availability of the Data Element Library (DEL), a database that will promote health information exchange, increase communication among healthcare facilities, and enhance care coordination. The DEL is a free, centralize...

Shifting Healthcare Business Intelligence Market Offers Opportunities


Business intelligence (BI) tools form the backbone of big data analytics infrastructure for many healthcare organizations, especially those wending their way through the process of transitioning from volume to value. The ability to combine ...Perhaps unsurprisingly, Epic Systems has maintained its grip on the largest portion of the business intelligence market, with one-third of software implementations. The next-closest competitors, SAP and Conduent, only comprise 11 percent an...Epic Systems once again reigns supreme in terms of market share, with 36 percent of the 870 CAH software implementations included in the sample.  SAP gains some ground among smaller organizations, enjoying 19 percent of the environment...Business analytics tools from Allscripts also make a stronger showing as bed size increases.  The company gains about one percent of the market across the size categories, and maintains a steady rate of utilization as the scale moves u...Epic, too, expands its lead as the number of beds increases.  Among hospitals with 350 to 500 beds (a sample of 416 installations), the company snags nearly 38 percent of the market.  When the facilities top 500 beds, Epic compris...

Atul Gawande to Lead Amazon, Berkshire, JPMorgan Healthcare Company


Brigham and Women’s surgeon Dr. Atul Gawande will be leading Amazon’s most significant leap into the healthcare industry yet by becoming CEO of the partnership between the e-commerce giant, JPMorgan Chase, and Berkshire Hathaway...

Google Pursues AI, Voice Recognition for EHR Workflows


Google is recruiting talent to help develop artificial intelligence and voice recognition tools to improve the clinical documentation process and streamline EHR workflows, according to a report by CNBC. The company appears to be making good...

Apple Explores Medical Data with Health Records API, Patents


Apple is quickly working to position itself as a leader in the race between consumer technology giants looking to harness the nearly-untapped power of medical data.  With players such as Google, Microsoft, and Amazon to contend with, A...

AMA Urges “Thoughtfully Designed” Artificial Intelligence for Healthcare


The American Medical Association (AMA) has released a policy statement that takes a favorable view towards artificial intelligence in healthcare – as long as the emerging category of tools and solutions can be carefully designed,...

DOE, NCI Developing AI, Big Data Tools to Advance Cancer Research


The Department of Energy (DOE) together with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) will pursue three pilot projects that will develop artificial intelligence, big data analytics capabilities, and predictive modeling to enhance cancer research...

Machine Learning, Wearables Accurately Predict Poor Mental Health


A machine learning algorithm can accurately identify risk factors for mental health issues, including high stress, by analyzing data collected from wearable devices, according to a study published in JMIR. Recent advancements in mobile and ...

EHR Data Fuels Accurate Predictive Analytics for Suicide Risk


Combining electronic health record (EHR) data and results from a depression questionnaire can support a more accurate predictive analytics model that predicts suicide risk in the 90 days following a mental health visit, according to a new s...

FDA Clears Marketing for AI Algorithm to Detect Wrist Fractures


The FDA has cleared one of the first artificial intelligence algorithms intended to provide clinical decision support at the point of care, officials announced this week.  Imagen’s OsteoDetect software can use imaging analytics t...

AI, Big Data, IoT Bring Growth to Multiple Healthcare Markets


Big data analytics tools and services are poised to bring unprecedented growth to almost every segment of the healthcare IT marketplace, according to the latest series of market reports.  From the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificia...

Challenges of Developing and Deploying AI in Healthcare


Healthcare is on the edge of entering the era of artificial intelligence.  As machine learning, deep learning, and other aspects of AI start to mature, they bring nearly endless possibilities to supplement, streamline, and enhance the ...

Exploring the Promises of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare


Few data science concepts have brought as much excitement and anticipation to healthcare as artificial intelligence and machine learning.  With an almost limitless capacity to revolutionize how patients, providers, payers, and other st...

Amazon is Exploring the Role of Alexa in Chronic Disease Care


In a not-at-all surprising move from Amazon, an internal team is exploring how Alexa can help consumers manage chronic diseases and maintain wellness, according to a report from CNBC. An “internal document” obtained by the news ...

Big Data Analytics Top List of Healthcare VC Investment Deals


Big data analytics and clinical decision support companies are continuing to rake in funding from venture capitalists and other investors looking for the next breakthrough in healthcare information technology. According to Mercom Capital, t...Helix offers consumer-facing DNA tests from a saliva swab that can highlight potential inherited health risks, while SomaLogic measures proteins to illuminate biomarkers that may indicate the development of disease. Rounding out the top fiv...


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