Perspectives and Good Practices for AI and Continuously Learning Systems in Healthcare

August 16, 2018

In the past few years there has been a significant increase in the amount of information in healthcare, and this trend is accelerating. In addition to traditional data, such as those collected by in-vitro laboratory tests, imaging devices, physiological tests, and electronic health records, there are additional systems collecting, integrating and analyzing information and more ways for us to use it in our everyday lives
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mHealth in an mWorld

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The adoption of mobile technologies in every dimension of life has been phenomenal. In the span of two decades, ever-more sophisticated mobile technology has fundamentally altered the ways in which people communicate and conduct business. The disruptive power of these new technologies and the accompanying waves of innovation they have sparked are transforming the health care industry, propelling stakeholders to reassess and repurpose how they provide services. Mobile device sales in the U.S. are expected to grow from 172 million in 2009 to 215 million in 2016, a 25 percent increase, while revenue from mobile data usage is expected to surge from $35 billion in 2008 to $180 billion in 2016, a dramatic 514 percent increase.

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An Innovative Web Services-Based Architecture for Distributed Systems of Medical Devices

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Manufacturers of medical devices are increasingly faced with having to deliver an interface for the Clinical Information System (CIS) used in hospitals. This is normally achieved either by using a specific gateway from the manufacturer that utilizes the HL7 standard for data exchange with the CIS or by appropriate middleware.

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Going Lean in Health Care

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The concept called “lean management” or “lean thinking” is most commonly associated with Japanese manufacturing, particularly the Toyota Production System (TPS). Much of the TPS way of thinking is based on the work of quality guru W. Edwards Deming, who taught, among other things, that managers should stop depending on mass inspection to achieve quality and, instead, focus on improving the production process and building quality into the product in the first place.

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US Physician Practices Spend More Than $15.4 Billion Annually To Report Quality Measures

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According to a new report developed by Lawrence Casalino, MD, and supported by the Physicians Foundation, physician practices spend 15.4 billion annually on quality reporting measures. While quality reporting metrics are not going away anytime soon, policy makers, health plans and EHR vendors must take steps to alleviate these onerous reporting requirements. Review the full report here.

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An Innovative Health Care Model November 2015

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Supported Living at Horizon House is an innovative health care model designed to meet the social, mental, spiritual, and long-term health care needs of our residents—to serve the whole person, not just their medical concerns. We operate under Washington State Assisted Living regulations, combining a wide range of care and services to address the individual needs of residents in a home-like environment.

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The Changing Landscape of Treatment in Hepatitis C and the Impact on Patients

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The development of new therapeutic agents is set to transform the treatment of hepatitis C over the coming years. For many patients, these treatments offer fewer and less severe side effects, a shorter treatment duration, a less complex regimen and dramatically improved rates of success compared to current interferon-based treatments. With the arrival of these new treatments, what role will patients play in managing their condition? And what types of support will they need to achieve the best results? To address these unknowns, we spoke with people living with hepatitis C, interviewed experts and reviewed the latest adherence research in this therapeutic area.

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