FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE
Medcase | November 29, 2022
Medcase, a leading solution provider for healthcare AI, and NTT DATA, a digital business and IT services leader, have signed a definitive agreement to enable data discovery and enrichment solutions for healthcare imaging.
AI in healthcare is beginning to demonstrate an ability to improve productivity and outcomes in a competitive market space. Fulfilling data needs and enriching image data sets with annotation and labeling confronts an industry focused on critical development and release timelines. The new partnership between Medcase and NTT DATA addresses that inefficiency allowing AI developers and life sciences to focus on their training and data science.
“Enabling access to rich medical datasets has become paramount to our customers focused on reducing the time from concept to algorithm production. Partnering with NTT DATA is exciting for us as we can now assist innovators with access to curated data, coupled with our enrichment solutions powered by Medcase’s global network of health care professionals and annotators from radiologists to gastroenterologists working side by side with AI developers.”
Kyle Giddens, CEO and Co-Founder of Medcase
The collaboration will enable innovators working with Medcase to access enriched patient studies, including medical imaging, through NTT DATA’s Advocate AI data cooperative network. Medcase’s curation services and AI annotation solutions leverage a global network of healthcare experts to identify, diagnose, and audit medical data according to annotation and labeling guidelines from research, all the way to FDA reader studies.
“Data diversity across technology and patient populations is fundamental to ensuring strong analytics’ training and high conformance,” said Mitchell Goldburgh, Senior Director, Enterprise Imaging and Analytics, NTT DATA Services. “Confidence in AI grows by having a dynamic and broadly trained team of annotators complementing the data with their diversity in the art of annotation. We are pleased to have been chosen by Medcase as a go-to-market partner in advocating the adoption of AI.”
“Advancing technology innovation in the digital and medical space is the best way to improve patient outcomes quickly,” said Giddens. “This is why we are excited to partner with NTT DATA to accelerate AI to the market with essential data annotation, labeling, and enablement that they need to innovate. Access to health care professionals should be as easy as spinning up a new cloud instance on Amazon, we make that easy with our platform and API’s.”
About NTT DATA
NTT DATA is a $30 billion trusted global innovator of IT and business services. We help clients transform through business and technology consulting, industry and digital solutions, applications development, and managed edge-to-cloud infrastructure services, BPO, systems integration, and global data centers. We are committed to our client's long-term success and combine global reach with local client service in over 80 countries.
Medcase is changing how businesses access medical expertise, knowledge, and data by building the largest global network of on-demand healthcare professionals working remotely to assist healthcare innovators and AI developers.
By empowering leading industry leaders in medical devices, AI, and technology companies to pharmaceuticals and telemedicine, Medcase helps accelerate healthcare innovation and bring new medical technologies to market by connecting them to experts to enrich medical data, surveys, or interviews to assess go-to-market and regulation and even providing staffing for valuable telehealth or remote patient monitoring services.
ZS and Abacus Insights | November 30, 2022
As ZS continues to help health plans evolve and transform, the firm announced an investment in and partnership with Abacus Insights, a healthcare technology leader with a groundbreaking offering in data usability that rapidly accelerates the achievement of key health plan goals including efficiency, equity, health services and member outcomes.
“At ZS, we believe the future of healthcare is connected, with providers, health plans, pharma companies and other stakeholders working together. Usable data from Abacus Insights is a key enabler and connecter, and we take seriously our role in helping health plans innovate and excel. Partnerships like this one between ZS and Abacus Insights will be increasingly important in a connected health ecosystem.”
ZS CEO Pratap Khedkar
Abacus Insights offers the capability to consolidate and clean billions of pieces of structured and unstructured data from payers, providers, labs, digital apps and many more sources, providing end users with complete, current and accurate data sets that drive both operational and analytical uses. Through this partnership, health plans working with ZS gain access to usable data and a full suite of analytics and digital tools, unlocking insights from sales to operations to health outcomes and accelerating a path to decisions and actions.
“Abacus Insights is proud to have the support of ZS both as an investor and partner. ZS recognizes that data usability is a game-changer in creating and scaling big performance advances for health plans,” said Minal Patel, Abacus Insights CEO. “Our companies share a common purpose to improve healthcare. Our combined health plan-specific expertise will accelerate our ability to help clients achieve their key transformational goals of better serving their members and leading healthcare change.”
Usable data from Abacus Insights is already powering better quality reporting, more accurate risk adjustment and improved value-based contracting, care and payments. ZS Managing Principal Adam Siskind, who leads the firm’s health plan and provider vertical, said the partnership aims to help unlock use cases that health plans can leverage to fully realize the benefits of their analytics transformations.
“There is no shortage of health plan challenges to solve, and it seems there is never enough capacity to unravel them. Our partnership with Abacus Insights will help our clients access the solutions they need to not only reach their goals but to do so efficiently and with scale,” Siskind said. “At ZS, we are proud to be the leading firm at the intersection of healthcare and analytics, so it only made sense to join forces with Abacus Insights, a company already recognized as the leader in health plan data usability in the U.S. Our combined capabilities allow us to achieve a new level of impact that all of our health plan clients seek—and all of their members deserve.”
ZS is a management consulting and technology firm focused on transforming global healthcare and beyond. We leverage our leading-edge analytics, plus the power of data, science and products to help our clients make more intelligent decisions, deliver innovative solutions and improve outcomes for all. Founded in 1983, ZS has more than 12,000 employees in 35 offices worldwide.
About Abacus Insights
Abacus Insights is a healthcare technology leader with the only data transformation platform and solutions built specifically for health plans. Focused on data usability, Abacus Insights gives payers a new level of control and flexibility with their data by developing accurate, timely, and robust ecosystems that can support analytics and operational use cases. Managing data for 21 million members, Abacus Insights partners with payers to deliver scalable solutions that drive strategic initiatives, control costs, and improve member lives and experiences.
Royal Philips | November 28, 2022
Royal Philips a global leader in health technology announced its portfolio of smart diagnostic systems and transformative workflow solutions featured at the Radiological Society of North America annual meeting. Powered by AI, the company will showcase its latest systems and informatics solutions designed for providers to efficiently deliver patient-centric, high-quality imaging services.
Overwhelming volume of radiology data compounding staff shortages and burnout
Radiology plays a critical role in diagnosing and guiding patients into the right treatment plans. However, with increasing staff shortages and workloads, radiologists and staff continue to struggle to manage and interpret the huge volume of data captured to provide quality care for each patient. In the recent Future Health Index 2022 report commissioned by Philips, 24% of radiology leaders surveyed stated that managing the sheer volume of data available to them is their top data-related issue, with nearly two-thirds (65%) indicating their staff are overwhelmed by data overload.
“With 47% of radiologists experiencing burnout , our customers are looking for innovations to help reduce their workloads and seamlessly integrate into their day-to-day operations. With smart intelligence built into imaging systems and informatics across the radiology workflow, Philips’ integrated solutions condense large volumes of data into patient-centric actionable insights for earlier and more definitive diagnosis and treatment.”
Kees Wesdorp, Chief Business Leader of Precision Diagnosis at Philips
AI-powered solutions enhance operational efficiencies and simplify complex workflows
Some of the biggest challenges facing radiology leaders today are driven by managing complex, disconnected workflows which can negatively impact patient care, staff experience, outcomes, and cost. Visitors to the Philips booth at RSNA will see how the company’s latest interoperable and vendor-neutral operational solutions and strong portfolio of smart connected imaging systems help streamline and transform the radiology workflow to improve patient and staff experience; advance clinical and diagnostic confidence for better health outcomes; and drive a sustainable, resilient diagnostic infrastructure to help lower the cost of care. Featured at RSNA will be Philips’ AI-enabled technology  that automates and accelerates routine and repetitive tasks to generate patient-centric insights from large volumes of data to help improve productivity.
Solutions include Philips Imaging Orchestrator – ROCC and Philips Ultrasound Collaboration Live, both pioneering the virtualization of radiology, extending care and collaboration beyond traditional models. Philips Imaging Orchestrator – ROCC, a vendor-neutral, multi-modality, multi-site telepresence solution provides advanced tele-acquisition capabilities and seamlessly connects imaging experts at a command center with technologists at scanning locations across an organization. Philips Ultrasound Collaboration Live tele-ultrasound, available on Philips ultrasound systems – EPIQ Elite and Affiniti – allows teams to securely video stream from their ultrasound system to a PC or mobile device for remote, on-demand access to clinical expertise regardless of location.
Philips will also introduce the latest in AI-enabled image interpretation to help prioritize patient worklists based on clinical outcomes and expand diagnostic capabilities with its new Philips Advanced Visualization Workspace, with enhanced features to automate reporting and help drive earlier and more definitive diagnosis. Also featured is Philips Enterprise Performance Analytics – PerformanceBridge – to enhance operational decision-making through a vendor-neutral, real-time data analysis solution to help improve productivity and reduce costs.
Smart connected imaging systems advance clinical and diagnostic confidence
New at RSNA, Philips’ AI-powered MR SmartSpeed is designed to increase speed, image quality, and productivity and drive diagnostic confidence with improved image resolution via the AI reconstruction algorithm. It utilizes Philips’ state-of-the-art speed engine and an award-winning  AI reconstruction technology delivered at the source of the MR signal to ensure no data loss. SmartSpeed joins the company’s expanding portfolio of AI-driven MR solutions which includes AI-based touchless patient sensing, SmartExam, and MR Workspace. Philips will also showcase MR 5300, Philips’ newest BlueSeal Magnet, and industry-first wide bore helium-free operations system design for sustainable imaging at lower site costs without image quality or clinical compromises.
Philips will spotlight its award-winning Spectral CT 7500, the company’s latest dual-detector CT system helping radiologists better characterize disease and reduce scan times at the same dose levels as conventional scans. Used in oncology imaging, cardiac imaging, and interventional radiology, the system has demonstrated a 34% reduction in time to diagnosis, a 25% reduction in repeat scans and a 30% reduction in follow-up scans . Philips will also demonstrate its latest innovations in minimally-invasive care with the company’s SmartCT 3D suite of interventional tools including its Azurion 7 C20 with FlexArm Image-Guided Therapy System and Zenition 70 Mobile C-arm with Flat Detector.
Philips will also introduce the Ultrasound Compact 5000 Series system and the Philips Lumify Handheld Ultrasound, now featuring pulse wave Doppler for all physicians – from cardiologists and radiologists to emergency care – to quickly assess hemodynamics in cardiac function anytime, anywhere. Also making its first appearance at RSNA is Philips Fluoroscopy 7000 N – ProxiDiagnost N90, combining digital radiography and high-end nearby fluoroscopy to help enhance clinical confidence and improve patient and staff satisfaction.
About Royal Philips
Royal Philips is a leading health technology company focused on improving people's health and well-being, and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum – from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Philips generated 2021 sales of EUR 17.2 billion and employs approximately 79,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries.