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Jul 14

The most feared CEO in healthcare & more

By Kanwal Sood | Artificial Intelligence , Blog , Disruptive Innovation , Machine learning , Spine Cloud Platter

In this week’s platter, we learn about the CEO of the much-hyped Amazon- Berkshire-JPMorgan Chase healthcare partnership; we look at what “deep learning” can offer to autism therapy; we pay attention to the frugal practices of a hospital in the Cayman Islands, and finally, we consider the question of medical malpractice litigation in an age of medical robots. Enjoy.


Why Atul Gawande Will Soon Be The Most Feared CEO In Healthcare

When news broke that the Dr. Atul Gawande had been named CEO of the Amazon-Berkshire-JPMorgan Chase healthcare partnership, industry insiders were quick to raise doubts about his credentials. This article argues that the esteemed surgeon, thinker, professor and author, Dr. Atul Gawande is exactly the right choice to lead the venture. Perhaps it is too soon to call it, but be rest-assured that he has plans to create a bold new future for American healthcare.

Personalized “deep learning” equips robots for autism therapy

Children with autism spectrum conditions often have trouble recognizing the emotional states of people around them — distinguishing a happy face from a fearful face, for instance. To remedy this, some therapists use a kid-friendly robot to demonstrate those emotions and to engage the children in imitating the emotions and responding to them in appropriate ways. Researchers at the MIT Media Lab have now developed a type of personalized machine learning that helps robots estimate the engagement and interest of each child during these interactions, using data that are unique to that child. Given the heterogeneity of the autism – this is a remarkable development.

Is this the hospital that will finally push the expensive U.S health care system to innovate?

By almost any measure, American health care costs are out of control but the system refuses to change. Inasmuch as there is no ‘one size fits all’ in the complex system of healthcare, the U.S could learn something by taking a peek at a hospital in the Cayman Islands — Health City Cayman Islands — who are managing to provide high-quality care at dramatically lower costs. What is preventing the U.S from adopting similar frugal practices?

Could You Sue Diagnostic Algorithms or Medical Robots in the Future?

So everybody’s amazed at the advancement of AI and robotics in healthcare. But what if a deep learning algorithm misses a diagnosis, the doctor accepts the judgment and the patient dies? What if a surgical robot injures a patient during a procedure? Who will be held liable in the future when robots and artificial intelligence (A.I.), acting autonomously, wrong humans? This article uses theoretical reasoning to address some of these questions.
Healthcare regulators, agencies, and lawyers – it’s time to look ahead!

Jul 13

Apple to help manage health records, & more

By Kanwal Sood | Artificial Intelligence , Big Data in Healthcare , Blog , Disruptive Innovation , Internet of Things , Machine learning , Spine Cloud Platter , Value-Based Healthcare

In this week’s platter we meet the world’s first AI psychopath; we look at the promise of the Apple iPhone Health App; we consider results that show that value-based care is bending the cost curve; and finally, we look at the internet of cosmetics and beauty in the bathroom of the future. Enjoy

Meet Norman, the psychopathic AI

It is often said that when it comes to machines, it is “garbage in, garbage out”. Researchers at MIT have developed the world’s first AI psychopath as an experiment on the dangers of Artificial Intelligence gone wrong when biased data is used in machine learning algorithms. The experiment proves that AI trained on bad data can itself turn bad. As AI continues to feature more and more in decision making – clinical and otherwise – it is imperative to ensure that cognitive, social and other biases are eliminated and not perpetuated in the data that we feed it.

Managing Your Health Records Should Be As Easy As Managing Your Money – and Apple wants to make it happen

The essence of the article is summarized in this quotation: “If you think about it, we as a society would never sit down and accept a situation where our banking information was possessed by others [and] could be tapped by us only intermittently and with great effort … And yet somehow we’ve lived with the fact that health records and health information were possessed really in a paternalistic way.” It could not have been said better…

Value-based care is bending the cost curve

Change Healthcare commissioned a national research study with ORC International to investigate the maturity of payers’ active value-based care programs. On average, payers reported an impressive 5.6% medical cost savings from their value-based care strategies. The data is in. Successful value-based care initiatives are driving real change across the nation. It’s time to get on board.
Download the executive summary or the complete research report here.

The bathroom of the future

Smart mirrors might advise the clueless what to wear in the morning, skin scanners might find the most effective beauty products, toilets might eliminate urine tests, and bioprinting might help cosmetics companies discontinue animal testing. Technology will significantly re-shape our sanctuaries for hygiene, and to see how it will happen, we looked at the latest trends. Here’s an overview of what the bathroom of the future will look like

Jun 11

AI helps detect wrist fractures, & more

By Kanwal Sood | Artificial Intelligence , Blockchain , Blog , Disruptive Innovation , Machine learning , Spine Cloud Platter , Value-Based Healthcare

In this week’s platter, we look at blockchain technology and cyber-hygiene; we consider how AI in medicine is getting closer to making rounds; we pay attention to the development of 3D-printed corneas and, finally, we look at smart medical packaging. Enjoy…

What the health sector needs to know about cryptocurrency technologies, blockchain, and cryptojacking attacks

While blockchain technology could forever alter the digital landscape of the health sector, this blog post calls out attention to digital threats, cryptojacking and the necessity for cyber-hygiene especially in the healthcare sector.

Scientists 3D print human cornea for first time, a technique which could save millions from blindness

UK Scientists from Newcastle University say they’ve created the world’s first 3D-printed human cornea. They combine unique printing techniques, cornea stem cells and a new bio ink to create corneas in just 10 minutes. While the printed corneas will have to undergo several years of testing before they become a viable transplant option, this development could eventually help millions of people around the world suffering from corneal blindness.

AI in Medicine Gets Closer to Making Regular Rounds

On May 24, FDA gave the green light to an AI algorithm that uses machine learning techniques to analyze wrist radiographs (X-ray images) to assist clinicians in locating areas of distal radius fracturing. On its own, it’s not ground-breaking news, but it is a sign artificial intelligence in medicine is getting closer to making regular rounds (also see “Computer learns to detect skin cancer more accurately than doctors”).

Further to that, if this radiology AI technology can be shown to enable clear, clinical efficiencies in radiology practices, it does hold a particular promise in the gradual migration towards a value-based payment paradigm.

What’s so smart about medical device packaging?

Cambridge Consultants, operating out of one of the UK’s leading medtech clusters, has been working on a new concept which would use audio messaging to communicate instructions – with the prompts being triggered by touch-sensitive paper technology. The concept, dubbed AudioPack, delivers instructions via an avatar named Ana, who guides the patient through step-by-step use of their medical device – particularly useful for devices like autoinjectors. There’s potential here for use amongst patients who have cognitive difficulties as a result of their condition; thereby reducing patient harm harm and drug misuse because of poorly understood instructions.
Added value is all well and good, but if it can’t be achieved cheaply, it adds cost that some won’t be able to afford

Jun 04

Machine learning improves dementia, stroke diagnosis & more

By Kanwal Sood | Artificial Intelligence , Disruptive Innovation , Machine learning , Spine Cloud Platter

In this week’s platter, we look at what digital transformation means for 4 big pharma firms; we consider how AI and machine learning is deployed to forge advances in healthcare and diagnostics; and we pay attention to a potential game changer in adrenaline auto-injection devices. Enjoy….

Digital Transformation: What’s the Cost of Doing Nothing?

Major pharma companies would be remiss to sit back and watch startups and Big Tech transform the landscape around them. Right now, the smartest incumbents are channeling the forces of disruption to their own ends, leading digital transformation in order to avoid ultimately being left behind. This article looks at how 4 big pharma companies are assessing the opportunities for digital transformation, and what it takes to stay ahead of the game.

3 Fascinating Companies Using AI to Forge New Advances in Healthcare

Artificial intelligence (AI) holds much promise for the healthcare sector. AI has the potential to do everything from predicting readmissions, cutting human error and managing epidemics to assisting surgeons to carry out complex operations. Here we take a closer look at how 3 firms – BioXcel Therapeutics Inc., Microsoft Corp., Globus Medical Inc. – are leveraging AI to forge new advances in treating and tackling disease.

Machine learning improves dementia, stroke diagnosis

Doctors currently rely on CT and/or MRI scans to detect Small Vessel Disease (SVD), a common precursor to strokes and dementia, which reduces blood flow to the brain’s deep white matter connections. But observing changes in white matter over time can be difficult for the human eye, meaning that estimating the severity of the disease and, in turn, the likelihood of dementia or a stroke is a major challenge.
Scientists from Imperial College London and the University of Edinburgh have developed software capable of detecting dementia and stroke precursors using CT scans.
With a proven accuracy rate of 85% in predicting the severity of SVD, it is only a matter of time that precautionary scans will be taken at scale, analysed by the software, and the results are delivered in a fraction of the time. Saving time and hopefully saving money and improving patient outcomes in the process…

SA medical engineers have built a EpiPen replacement that costs R200 a shot

A team of South African biomedical engineers have built a cheap replacement for the EpiPen (adrenaline auto-injector) that could revolutionise the emergency treatment of anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction that can be triggered by food or insect bites. The replacement is a lot cheaper, has replaceable parts, has a longer shelf life and its needle length can be customized according to the dimensions of the patient. This could be a game changer…

May 28

9 weird predictions about the future of healthcare & more

By Kanwal Sood | Artificial Intelligence , Big Data in Healthcare , Blockchain , Disruptive Innovation , Machine learning , Spine Cloud Platter , Sub Category 1.3 , Value-Based Healthcare

In this week’s platter, we look at an AI-enabled digital platform which uses patient reported outcomes data to support patients through the recovery process; we consider the factors which indicate that Amazon may indeed dominate the healthcare sector; we consider the aspects which need to be developed before the mass adoption of blockchain in healthcare; we look at how Hurricane Harvey could be seen as a blessing in disguise for a Houston hospital; and, finally, we look take a peek at how healthcare may look like 100 years from now. Enjoy!

A Finnish startup founded by uni students has raised €4 million to revolutionise treatment

Already deployed in over 30 hospitals across across 5 countries in Europe, this digital platform ultimately seeks to reshape the whole healthcare system from being doctor-centred to patient-centred, and from transaction-based to value-based. This is achieved by combining patient-reported outcomes data and AI-assisted patient monitoring software to automate follow-up and support patients through treatment and recovery. Its algorithms screen for symptoms, alert care teams and trigger personalised instructions for patients. Future developments could even help to detect and treat additional health problems early on.

Why Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Might Just Dominate Another Trillion-Dollar Industry

Amazon this year announced a partnership with JP Morgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway to cut healthcare costs, characterizing the initiative as a Herculean effort that would require “talented experts, a beginner’s mind, and a long-term orientation.” Approaching things with a “beginner’s mind and long-term orientation” is how technology leaders create companies of sustainable value. So, how do company founders learn to lead like Bezos?

Blockchain in Health Care – from evolution to revolution

Health care is complex and data intensive. The industry has lots of players. Health care transactions are slow, cumbersome, and expensive. Constraints on access to critical data sets limit progress in research. Data privacy is a big deal. Data security can be a life-or-death matter. So what now…? Blockchain technology can address all of these.
Inasmuch as blockchain technology has major disruption potential, it will not disrupt health care overnight—or even over the next few years. This article presents the technology aspects that need to be developed before blockchain reaches tipping point in adoption and impact.

How Hurricane Harvey spurred a Houston hospital to rethink emergency care

An often-referenced adage states: “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” This article details some the major interventions by the emergency department of a Houston hospital which permitted a sustained 7.5% surge in volume without increasing cost. Definitely worth close examination and replication.


9 weird predictions about the future of healthcare

This article shares the weirdest ideas about how healthcare might look a hundred years from now. Or even further down the road. Let’s peek into a dystopic future of healthcare.

May 21

Spine & Health Info Platter (21 May ’18)

By Kanwal Sood | Artificial Intelligence , Big Data in Healthcare , Disruptive Innovation , Spine Cloud Platter , Wearable Tech

In this week’s platter, we take a comprehensive look at AI and then later at the challenges to overcome before mass adoption of AI in healthcare; then we pay attention to how real-world evidence could impact healthcare decision making; and, finally, we take a look at camera enabled goggles which, let’s just say, is very early in its development cycle.

Artificial Intelligence Promises a New Paradigm for Healthcare

Unease over AI is still common, and perhaps somewhat justified as researchers start to turn well-controlled pilots into commercialized deployments of diagnostic tools, clinical decision support systems, and workflow optimization aids. Many of these offerings must still earn the trust of clinicians, especially those who question the underlying integrity and potential biases of the data upon which these algorithms were trained.
Regardless of where any individual or institution falls along the enthusiasm spectrum, it is becoming increasingly clear that nothing is going to stay the same once the healthcare industry hits its AI event horizon – and that moment may be coming very soon…

Six Challenges To Tackle Before Artificial Intelligence Redesigns Healthcare

The potential of artificial intelligence for making healthcare better is indisputable. But integrating it successfully into our healthcare systems requires us to overcome some significant challenges. Despite this, we can be sure of one thing: artificial Intelligence will not replace physicians. Yet, medical professionals who use A.I. will replace those who don’t.

Real-world evidence: From activity to impact in healthcare decision making

Healthcare is rapidly transitioning to a new world of patient choice with a laser-like focus on outcomes and value. Indeed, healthcare systems that have traditionally focused on medical interventions driven via episodic interaction with the patient are now recognizing the need to fully understand exogenous factors (“real world evidence”) and deliver continual care. But how do we exploit this data to significantly improve healthcare decisions?

What is ‘Disruptive Diagnostics’ and How is it Changing Health Care?

Recent scientific advancements are spurring on innovation in disease diagnostics. Last month, a team of researchers from the National University of Singapore developed a tiny microfluidic chip that can detect minute biomolecules without lab equipment. The strides made in the automation of diagnostics will cause fundamental changes in medicine. The field is set to become more of an information science.

The Only Good Wearable Records Everything You Miss While Blinking Your Eyes

Camera-equipped goggles that record what you miss the moment you blink. That’s right!!! You be the judge . You just blinked…you’ve just missed a moment.

May 21

Spine & Health Info platter (14 May ’18)

By Kanwal Sood | Artificial Intelligence , Blockchain , Disruptive Innovation , Machine learning , Spine Cloud Platter , Wearable Tech

In this week’s platter, we explore the convergence of 3D printing and wearables; we take a critical look at how healthcare can prepare for artificial intelligence and machine learning; we look at how to spot disruption in healthcare delivery; and, finally, we consider the implications of blockchain in healthcare and pharma. Enjoy.

Flexible and Wearable Electronics by Hybrid 3D Printing

Researchers from Harvard and the Air Force Research Laboratory have collaborated and developed a new hybrid 3D printing technique that overcomes a key limitation of current active trackers – rigidness. The new technique combines stretchable conductive inks and electronic components into flexible, durable wearable devices that move with the body and offer increased programmability. This technology is a dream come true for any professionals interested in study of human movement and muscle function. Enjoy the video.

How Healthcare Can Prepare for Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning

The healthcare industry represents a particularly significant opportunity for machine learning to prove its value. The sheer volume of available medical knowledge has long since outstripped even the most intelligent clinician, requiring supercomputers just to keep up with the latest best practices and big data breakthroughs in genomics, predictive analytics, population health management, and clinical decision support.
How are these tools already helping providers to produce better outcomes for patients, how will they evolve in the near future, and what steps should the industry take to integrate AI into the care process without fearing a disastrous big data backlash?

Catching disruption in the act: 3 problems innovation will solve in healthcare delivery

Today, the term Disruptive Innovation is widely used across industries, including healthcare, in which complex, fragmented and costly services fuel the quest for better alternatives. But how does one actually spot this? This article provides tips on how to spot disruption in healthcare delivery

What The Hell Is Blockchain And What Does It Mean For Healthcare And Pharma?

Blockchain already earned the buzzword of the year award, so it is high time to address the elephant in the room. Is it really there? If it is, will it really change everything? How will it impact healthcare?

May 14

Spine & Health Info Platter (7 May ’18)

By Kanwal Sood | Blog , Disruptive Innovation , Spine Cloud Platter , Value-Based Healthcare

In this week’s platter, we are reminded that digitizing processes doesn’t necessarily improve them; we look at why the migration to value-based payment model is pushing physicians away from private practice; and we consider whether medical virtual reality can make healthcare more pleasant. Enjoy!!!

Process before technology, even in healthcare

A lot of money has been spent on information technology in health care with little to show for it. When it comes to change, the technology is the easiest part. Most health systems in America have or are implementing the electronic health record (EHR), and the vendor processes for implementation have become very good. But simply making a poor process electronic by implementing an EHR doesn’t lead to better quality or cost – oops. This thinking is not new. Many industries from aviation to automotive to nuclear power have been applying this concept of “process before technology” for a long time. The safety and quality results in those industries are second to none. It’s about time health care catches up. Our lives may depend on it…

Healthcare experts cast doubts over Amazon-Berkshire-JPMorgan coalition

When Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase announced in January they would form an independent healthcare company for their U.S. employees, the news had some declaring it would be a gamechanger in healthcare. But nearly three months after the groups announced their venture, a majority of healthcare experts and large employers have their doubts. Some professionals have asserted that the aforementioned companies “have no idea what they’re getting into.” Well, time will tell….

Value-based pay a factor pushing docs to hospital work

More physicians, especially young doctors, are turning to hospitals for employment rather than running their own practice, spurred by the rise of value-based payments and population health. A potential downside to this trend: rising costs…

How Does Medical Virtual Reality Make Healthcare More Pleasant?

Medical virtual reality goes entirely against conventional beliefs about technology making healthcare less human, less empathetic and less caring. Virtual reality teaches empathy to med students, makes vaccination for children more sufferable, helps get rid of fears by treating phobias, relieves chronic pain or fulfills the last wishes of the dying. This article collected the best examples how the technology could make healthcare more pleasant.

Apr 22

Spine & Health Info Platter (22 April ’18)

By Kanwal Sood | Artificial Intelligence , Blog , Disruptive Innovation , Spine Cloud Platter , Wearable Tech

In this week’s Spine & Health Info Platter, we look at an app which flags trip and fall hazards in real time; we consider smart clothing; and we look at why the Cambridge Analytica scandal is important to healthcare.

PeerWell Launches Augmented Reality Trip and Fall Hazard Detector for Smartphones

Meet the artificial intelligence-powered app which flags potential risks inside the patient’s home and enables patients to prepare their homes for recovery after joint replacement and spine surgery. See demo here.


From smartwatches to smart clothing…

What if your t-shirt could monitor your heart health? A start-up has developed next-level smart clothing which tracks the wearer’s heart health using ECG tech. And yes, the t-shirt comes with a 16-hour battery; but that’s alright as most of us don’t wear the same garment for more than 16 hours per day anyways 
See catalogue of smart clothing here


If Senators Don’t Understand Facebook, How Will They Make Sense of Digital Health?

The value of consumer data is on the rise, and some may argue that the biggest target yet is healthcare data. The data privacy scandal around Cambridge Analytica and Facebook raises all sorts of flags about regulation of data. Mark Zuckerberg’s testimonial in front of US lawmakers not only marks the significance of the data privacy scandal but also shows how partially policy-makers understand the operation of that social media platform. If their notion about such a massive part of the technology world is so incomplete, what can we expect when artificial intelligence, bioterrorism, robotic arms, exoskeletons or other elements of digital health will be put on the table?

And did you know: In 2017, there were 477 healthcare breaches reported to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services?

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Apr 19

Putting the patient first: Choosing Wisely

By Kanwal Sood | Cultural Authority , Primary Spine Provider , Spine Care , Value-Based Healthcare

A call to action for the chiropractic profession

Choosing Wisely is a campaign of the American Board of Internal Medicine to educate patients about services that have the potential to be misused and overused, so that patients are comfortable opening dialogue with their providers about the most appropriate course of action to take.

The participation of the chiropractic profession in this program is a major leap forward in demonstrating professional maturity. Chiropractic participation is a definitive statement that chiropractors put the interests of the patients at the forefront of clinical decision-making.

We encourage you to share these links with your colleagues and most importantly, with your patients.

Choosing Wisely for Doctors

Choosing Wisely for Patients

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