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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.

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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
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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

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.

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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

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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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Aug 11

Writing A Good Headline For Your Advertisement

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Sep 01

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Sep 01

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Sep 01

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Sep 01

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