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Guest Post: How Conversational AI Will Improve the Standard of Healthcare

October 9th, 2018 by Ram Menon

Conversational AI will be the crucial part in improving what is known as “retail” healthcare as well as the bulk of interactions patients have with the healthcare system.

In the past year, there have been countless stories on how artificial intelligence (AI) will change the healthcare system. Some of the headlines from the past few months include AI that can detect skin cancers as accurately as trained physicians; AI that allows for more precise X-ray readings and AI systems that can scan for signs of diabetic retinopathy. A brave new world of healthcare is developing each day; recent reports indicate that the AI health market could be worth more than $34 billion by 2025.

Conversational AI—a system that allows computers to speak to humans in lifelike ways—is an integral part of the changes in the healthcare industry that isn’t discussed as often. Nonetheless, it will be the crucial part in improving what is known as “retail” healthcare as well as the bulk of interactions patients have with the healthcare system.

Conversational AI offers a standard of personalized care unavailable now with existing resources. In the coming years, it will help reduce the number of visits to doctors and ensure patients only need to visit emergency rooms during an actual emergency, and provide a universal standard of personalized care now available to very few patients.

Here are the ways conversational AI is improving healthcare as we speak and what we can expect soon.

Conversation AI Remakes Provider Access:

Here’s what happened in the past when you had a non-emergency medical issue: you left a message for your doctor and waited days for them to call back. With conversational AI you can reach your provider at any point, perhaps to send them a message or a photo of a condition or side effect you want to be checked. You can also book an appointment based on a doctor’s name and expertise. Virtual medical assistants will soon be available on channels like Google Home, Alexa, and elsewhere.

Conversational AI offers access that isn’t intrusive to a provider and yet gives patients ease of mind that their concerns will be answered in a timely fashion. In the future, virtual assistants will take that a step further by confidentiality tracking conversations between doctors and patients, possibly even using that to create a patient chart.

Conversational AI Will Help Medication Management, Claims Processing:

If you suffer from a chronic condition like diabetes or arthritis it’s easy to get bewildered by complicated instructions on how and when to take medications or when to follow up on troublesome symptoms. With conversational AI, a virtual assistant can offer reminders about taking medication, answer basic questions about conditions even direct patients to advice on how to improve their wellness and information on lifestyle changes.

Healthcare maintenance is often about the small things that people overlook because they can’t get a simple answer. That could mean finding out if they should take antibiotics with a meal or on an empty stomach or simple resources on getting active. Providing a better way to quickly but accurately follow healthcare plans can reduce an enormous burden on both the patient and the system.

Keeping on top of health insurance claims is also a challenge. Using a virtual assistant, healthcare members can check their existing coverage, file for claims, and track the status of their claims. In many cases, they can do it when they are still visiting the doctor or getting help.

In The Future— Virtual Urgent Care:

Many healthcare providers and HMOs have software in place that allows nurses to meet “virtually” with a patient using a video system that works much like Skype. Technology is in the works that will allow a virtual assistant to diagnose certain conditions and provide limited care. For example, a patient reporting symptoms of a urinary tract infection—a common illness in women—could describe symptoms to the virtual assistant. The assistant could prescribe antibiotics you could pick up at your local pharmacy. This is much easier than an in-person visit, which is often unnecessary for routine conditions.

Ram Menon

Ram Menon

About the Author: Ram Menon is the CEO and co-founder of Avaamo. Previously, he was president of social computing at TIBCO. He founded the division and built the business from scratch into a leader in social business software with nine million paid users in just two years. Prior to joining TIBCO, Ram was with Accenture, a global consulting firm, where he specialized in supply chain and e-commerce strategy consulting with Global 500 companies.

Infographic: How Is Artificial Intelligence Working for Healthcare?

October 5th, 2018 by Melanie Matthews

Artificial intelligence (AI) has left behind its sci-fi legacy to become a transformative technology in a modern digital age. A range of possibilities exists for AI in healthcare, according to a new infographic by Optum, Inc.

The infographic defines AI and then examines the value of AI in healthcare as well as planning for healthcare AI.

2018 Healthcare Benchmarks: Telehealth & Remote Patient MonitoringArtificial intelligence. Automation. Blockchain. Robotics.

Once the domain of science fiction, these telehealth technologies have begun to transform the fabric of healthcare delivery systems. As further proof of telehealth’s explosive growth, the use of wearable health-tracking devices and remote patient monitoring has proliferated, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has added several new provider telehealth billing codes for calendar year 2018.

2018 Healthcare Benchmarks: Telehealth & Remote Patient Monitoring delivers the latest actionable telehealth and remote patient monitoring metrics on tools, applications, challenges, successes and ROI from healthcare organizations across the care spectrum. This 60-page report, now in its fifth edition, documents benchmarks on current and planned telehealth and remote patient monitoring initiatives as well as the use of emerging technologies in the healthcare space.

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Guest Post: Rethinking Healthcare Cybersecurity by Focusing on the Attacker, not the Attack

October 4th, 2018 by Ofer Israeli

Why are healthcare systems so challenging to secure? What is driving this complexity. How might we rethink our approach?

Healthcare systems, like all digital networks today are increasingly inter-connected and consumer-driven. The digital transformation necessary to make them agile, also renders them easy targets for data and identity theft, insurance fraud, and other forms of cybercrime. As the recent spate of ransomware has shown, cyberattacks on healthcare institutions also disrupt vital services and risk patient safety.

Beyond the health organization’s core staff, a wide variety of guests, students, visitors, patients, maintenance workers and others have direct physical access to healthcare systems and devices. Temporary workers and contractors require access to sensitive systems while employed. External interconnection of these systems with universities, research partners, and other remote services further mitigates the effectiveness of perimeter and access security controls. Higher and thicker security walls will not support the organization’s need to break down barriers, share information, and increase patient access.

Clearly, a new approach is required. If we cannot stop attacks, then we must stop the attackers. This is not a semantic nuance. The key to protecting healthcare systems in the future will be to transform our thinking—from a focus on defending ourselves from an infinitely expanding phalanx of attacks and attack vectors, to instead focus on disrupting the attack process itself regardless of attack style or source. We must stop the attackers.

As difficult as that might sound at first blush, there is, in fact, a silver bullet that will disrupt the vast majority of attacks. Malicious actors targeting healthcare systems all share a common trait that makes them vulnerable to disruption and detection. Regardless of how they enter a healthcare network, or what their intent, attackers must move laterally across the healthcare network to access their target applications, devices, systems, and data. To move undetected, they must gather intelligence about the environment and make careful decisions regarding their attack path.

The key then, quite simply, is to disrupt the attacker’s decision-making process—to blind and befuddle them so that they cannot progress their attack. Done well, cyber deception technology disrupts the attacker’s intelligence gathering process, and destroys their ability to make accurate decisions, by flooding the attack plane with false and misleading data. Similar in effect to evasive maneuvers used in aerial combat such as disgorging flak, disrupting radar, and disorienting GPS signals, these new technologies destroy the attacker’s ability to navigate, and ensure they are detected by any movement they do decide to make.

The challenges of securing healthcare systems will continue to grow as attackers, and their tools, methods, and infrastructure, become more sophisticated and diverse. Just as digital transformation is improving efficiency and patient outcomes, the traditional security mindset must be transformed to a modern security mindset. To protect these new system architectures, we must refocus our efforts from defending against attacks to disrupting the attack process itself. Deception offers a promising path forward in this direction.

Ofer Israeli

Ofer Israeli

About the Author: Ofer Israeli, founder and CEO of Illusive Networks, pioneered deception-based cybersecurity. He leads the company at the forefront of the next evolution of cyber defense. Prior to establishing Illusive Networks, Mr. Israeli managed development teams based around the globe at Israel’s seminal cybersecurity company Check Point Software Technologies and was a research assistant in the Atom Chip Lab focusing on theoretical Quantum Mechanics.

Infographic: Healthcare’s Blockchain Security Solution

September 26th, 2018 by Melanie Matthews

As technology continues to advance, healthcare data security is becoming a great paradox where data breaches are quite commonplace. Blockchain technology is a promising solution to healthcare cybersecurity, according to a new infographic by Duquesne University.

The infographic provides an overview of blockchain basics, adoption and how it can be used in healthcare.

A New Vision for Remote Patient Monitoring: Creating Sustainable Financial, Operational and Clinical OutcomesAs healthcare moves out of the brick-and-mortar traditional setting into patients’ homes and their workplaces, and becomes much more proactive, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) has been expanding its remote patient monitoring program. The remote patient monitoring program at UPMC has its roots in the heart failure program but has since expanded to additional disease states across the integrated delivery system’s continuum of care.

A New Vision for Remote Patient Monitoring: Creating Sustainable Financial, Operational and Clinical Outcomes delves into the evolution of UPMC’s remote patient monitoring program from its initial focus on heart failure to how the program was scaled vertically and horizontally. Click here for more information.

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Infographic: Using Machine Learning To Unlock Value Across the Healthcare Value Chain

September 21st, 2018 by Melanie Matthews

Machine learning (ML) is transforming the healthcare industry by changing the way care is delivered, and its impact is poised to increase, according to a new infographic by McKinsey & Company.

The infographic examines potential ML healthcare use cases and challenges to overcome to best leverage ML techniques.

2018 Healthcare Benchmarks: Telehealth & Remote Patient MonitoringArtificial intelligence. Automation. Blockchain. Robotics.

Once the domain of science fiction, these telehealth technologies have begun to transform the fabric of healthcare delivery systems. As further proof of telehealth’s explosive growth, the use of wearable health-tracking devices and remote patient monitoring has proliferated, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has added several new provider telehealth billing codes for calendar year 2018.

2018 Healthcare Benchmarks: Telehealth & Remote Patient Monitoring delivers the latest actionable telehealth and remote patient monitoring metrics on tools, applications, challenges, successes and ROI from healthcare organizations across the care spectrum. This 60-page report, now in its fifth edition, documents benchmarks on current and planned telehealth and remote patient monitoring initiatives as well as the use of emerging technologies in the healthcare space.

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Infographic: The Rise of the Robotic Nurse

September 14th, 2018 by Melanie Matthews

As technology continues to advance and become cheaper and more accessible, its uses are increasingly benefiting human workers in the healthcare industry, according to a new infographic by Ohio University’s Online Master of Science in Nursing.

The infographic looks at why nurses need robots, case studies of robot use, opportunities for improvement and future robotic nursing trends.

Remote Patient Monitoring for Chronic Condition Management: Leveraging Technology in a Value-Based System Encouraged by early success in coaching 23 patients to wellness at home via remote monitoring, CHRISTUS Health expanded its remote patient monitoring (RPM) enrollment to 170 high-risk, high-cost patients. At that scaling-up juncture, the challenge for CHRISTUS shifted to balancing its mission of keeping patients healthy and in their homes with maintaining revenue streams sufficient to keep its doors open in a largely fee-for-service environment.

Remote Patient Monitoring for Chronic Condition Management: Leveraging Technology in a Value-Based System chronicles the evolution of the CHRISTUS RPM pilot, which is framed around a Bluetooth®-enabled monitoring kit sent home with patients at hospital discharge.

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Infographic: Current State of Healthcare Analytics and Artificial Intelligence

September 12th, 2018 by Melanie Matthews

Some 58 percent of healthcare executives say analytics are an important part of value-based healthcare strategy, according to a new infographic by GE Healthcare and Intel.

The infographic examines where analytics will help, the biggest analytics opportunities and the biggest analytics wins so far.

Health Analytics in Accountable Care: Leveraging Data to Transform ACO Performance and Results Between Medicare’s aggressive migration to value-based payment models and MACRA’s 2017 Quality Payment Program rollout, healthcare providers must accept the inevitability of participation in fee-for-quality reimbursement design—as well as cultivating a grounding in health data analytics to enhance success.

As an early adopter of the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) and the largest sponsor of MSSP accountable care organizations (ACOs), Collaborative Health Systems (CHS) is uniquely positioned to advise providers on the benefits of data analytics and technology, which CHS views as a major driver in its achievements in the MSSP arena. In performance year 2014, nine of CHS’s 24 MSSP ACOs generated savings and received payments of almost $27 million.

Health Analytics in Accountable Care: Leveraging Data to Transform ACO Performance and Results examines program goals, platforms, components, development strategies, target populations and health conditions, patient engagement metrics, results and challenges reported by more than 100 healthcare organizations responding to the February 2016 Digital Health survey by the Healthcare Intelligence Network.

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Infographic: Which Digital Tools Patients Do (and Don’t) Use

September 10th, 2018 by Melanie Matthews

At least 90 percent of consumers have used at least one digital healthcare tool, according to a study by Rock Health, highlighted in a new InternetHealth Management infographic.

The infographic looks at how digital healthcare segments break down and why the adoption rate of different digital health and mobile tools varies.

2018 Healthcare Benchmarks: Telehealth & Remote Patient MonitoringArtificial intelligence. Automation. Blockchain. Robotics.

Once the domain of science fiction, these telehealth technologies have begun to transform the fabric of healthcare delivery systems. As further proof of telehealth’s explosive growth, the use of wearable health-tracking devices and remote patient monitoring has proliferated, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has added several new provider telehealth billing codes for calendar year 2018.

2018 Healthcare Benchmarks: Telehealth & Remote Patient Monitoring delivers the latest actionable telehealth and remote patient monitoring metrics on tools, applications, challenges, successes and ROI from healthcare organizations across the care spectrum. This 60-page report, now in its fifth edition, documents benchmarks on current and planned telehealth and remote patient monitoring initiatives as well as the use of emerging technologies in the healthcare space.

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Infographic: State of Healthcare IoT

September 7th, 2018 by Melanie Matthews

Eighty-seven percent of healthcare organizations will have adopted Internet of Things (IoT) technology by 2019 and 76 percent believe it will transform the healthcare industry, according to a new infographic by Aruba Networks.

The infographic examines how healthcare organizations are using IoT today and what they expect from it in the future.

A New Vision for Remote Patient Monitoring: Creating Sustainable Financial, Operational and Clinical OutcomesAs healthcare moves out of the brick-and-mortar traditional setting into patients’ homes and their workplaces, and becomes much more proactive, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) has been expanding its remote patient monitoring program. The remote patient monitoring program at UPMC has its roots in the heart failure program but has since expanded to additional disease states across the integrated delivery system’s continuum of care.

A New Vision for Remote Patient Monitoring: Creating Sustainable Financial, Operational and Clinical Outcomes delves into the evolution of UPMC’s remote patient monitoring program from its initial focus on heart failure to how the program was scaled vertically and horizontally. Click here for more information.

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Infographic: 4 Major Healthcare Industry Digital Challenges

August 20th, 2018 by Melanie Matthews

Even as the Internet of Things (IoT) healthcare market is expected to grow from $41 billion in 2017 to $158 billion in 2022, the industry still faces several digital healthcare challenges, according to a new infographic by Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise.

The infographic details the four healthcare major digital challenges: IoT, mobility, digital health and security.

Real-time remote management of high-risk populations curbed hospitalizations, hospital readmissions and ER visits for more than 80 percent of respondents and boosted self-management levels for nearly all remotely monitored patients, according to 2014 market data from the Healthcare Intelligence Network (HIN).

Remote Monitoring of High-Risk Patients: Telehealth Protocols for Chronic Care Management profiles a successful eight-year initiative by New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation’s (NYCHHC) House Calls Telehealth Program that significantly lowered patients’ A1C blood glucose levels.

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