Partners HealthCare released a ranked list of the most promising use cases for artificial intelligence that could be implemented by 2020, including medical imaging processes enhanced by machine learning to detect diseases such as breast cancer, and algorithms designed to detect suicide risk in patients. One research team has developed an automated malaria diagnosis technique that uses deep learning, while another is making progress on a tool that enables real-time monitoring and analysis of brain health.
Yuri A. Campbell comments on AI's role in health care
Yuri A. Campbell, FCHIME, FACHE, SHIMSS, Health IT Strategist, US Army
What I especially like about the use case examples given within this article are the near-term benefit realization of these solutions. In fact, to even be considered, the innovations had to show strong potential to be on the market by the year 2020. The next rational steps for health care teams seeking to establish or maintain a strong competitive edge with these emerging technologies include examining their own strategic goals to assess which technologies most efficiently help meet targeted projections along those roadmaps, and finding startups that can enter in a shared risk agreement to help develop the technologies for the mutual benefit of all partners.
The use cases presented here may be some of the easiest to facilitate given the current maturity level of the technology and system experience with employing these tools. But, these are valuable early learning steps toward even bigger and better outcomes for future health system patients.
Researchers from The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative interviewed health care executives and experts and found that all of the respondents agreed that patient matching rates for an effective health data exchange aren't where they want them, which could lead to patient safety issues and delays in care. When asked about the impediments to improved patient matching, respondents cited a lack of data standards and perceived costs of solutions, and a majority of participants said creating a unique patient identifier could help address cost issues.
The Physicians Foundation established a $500,000 interoperability fund in partnership with medical societies in Connecticut, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, New Jersey and South Carolina to help medical practices use health information exchanges to share health data with other health care providers and hospitals. Participating health care providers will receive support in building patient-provider relationships and gaining timely access to clinical data for care quality improvement.
A Forescout Technologies report examined 75 health care deployments involving 1.5 million medical devices and over 10,000 virtual local area networks and found that legacy Windows operating systems were a significant cybersecurity vulnerability because of the challenges tied to upgrading and patching the systems. The report recommended regularly monitoring devices, enabling agentless discovery of medical devices, enforcing segmentation, and identifying and auto-classifying devices.
The Health IT Advisory Committee does not agree with the language on data-sharing fees in the ONC's proposed interoperability rule, with a HITAC task force saying that "the net force of the proposed rule will be to raise prices" by increasing compliance burdens, such as pricing and accounting controls. The committee recommends adding demographic data to the US Core Data for Interoperability dataset to improve patient matching; using provenance data and clinical notes; creating a standard for addresses for displaced and homeless people in the USCDI; and distinguishing between value-added access and "basic access" to data in patients' medical records.
From 2015 to the end of 2018, the number of physicians using telehealth increased from 5% to 22%, according to an American Well survey of 800 US physicians, 62.5% of whom were in primary care. Dr. Steve North, chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians' Telehealth Member Interest Group, said barriers to telehealth include reimbursements and CMS restrictions.
The CHIME Education Foundation is offering full registration/tuition scholarships for CHIME members to attend the 2019 CHIME Fall CIO Forum and full registration/tuition scholarships for CHIME members or direct reports, or AEHIS, AEHIA or AEHIT members to attend the Fall Healthcare CIO Boot Camp. Learn more and apply.
The CHIME Advocacy Summit will feature five keynote speakers: Adam Boehler, director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation; Kimberly Brandt, the principal deputy administrator for operations of the CMS; Adm. Brett P. Giroir, MD, assistant secretary for health at HHS; U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, a telehealth supporter; and Will Smart, CIO of NHS England. The summit will be June 26-28 in Washington, D.C. Learn more.
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