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Dec 05

Spine & Health Info Platter (5 Dec ’17)

By Kanwal Sood | Artificial Intelligence , Big Data in Healthcare , Disruptive Innovation , Low Back Pain , Spine Care , Spine Cloud Platter , Spine Related Disorders , Value-Based Healthcare

This week’s health & spine platter covers AI’s challenges & how it can make you a better doctor, disruption and behavioral economics in healthcare & back medical technology through the ages. Sign up for our newsletter on the left. Enjoy:

Six Challenges To Tackle Before Artificial Intelligence Redesigns Healthcare

“Artificial Intelligence will not replace physicians. Yet, medical professionals who use A.I. will replace those who don’t.” Food for thought

10 Ways Artificial Intelligence Could Make Me a Better Doctor

Many fear that algorithms and artificial intelligence will take the jobs of medical professionals in the future. Instead of replacing doctors, AI could augment them and make them better at their jobs. Without the day-to-day treadmill of administrative and repetitive tasks, the medical community could again turn to its most important task with full attention: healing.

How Disruption Can Finally Revolutionize Healthcare

Unlike other industries, healthcare has been largely resistant to the forces of disruptive innovation. Despite advances in technology, the U.S. healthcare sector keeps getting costlier, and is now by far the world’s most expensive system per capita, about 2X higher than the U.K., Canada, and Australia,
Part I of this article focuses on why disruption has not taken hold in the delivery practices of hospitals and physicians groups. They argue that the profound disconnect between what patients need and what patients get from the system – as typified by the fee-for-value reimbursement system – is what lies at the root of the healthcare crisis.
But all is not lost. Part II of the article focuses in on how disruptive solutions have begun to improve health while lowering costs for significant populations, and concludes with key recommendations to each player in the care value chain.

How Behavioral Economics Can Produce Better Health Care

The Royal Swedish Academy’s award of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Economics to Richard Thaler marks the growing influence of the science of behavioral economics, not only in academia, but in popular culture and industry.
Traditional economics is rooted in the assumption that people make rational, self-interested decisions based on a strict cost/benefit analysis of their options. By contrast, the sub-field of behavioral economics acknowledges that human decision-making departs frequently, significantly and predictably from what would be expected if we acted in purely “rational” ways. This articles depicts how the science of behavioral economics could be used to design choice environments that promote healthy lifestyle decisions. It also presents how a start-up seeks to improve patient adherence to mediation by incentivising healthy habit formation for medical adherence.

The inconvenient truth about behavioral economics in healthcare

In contrast to the article above, this author is more cautious about the immediate benefits of the application of behavorial economics in tackling the colossal problem of medication non-adherence. The author warns against discounting the inconvenient truth that people and their lives are complex, so too are their barriers to healthy behavior are. Hence nonadherence and other unhealthy behaviors may be completely rational. And the assumption that they are not can lead innovators to misdiagnose their cause, thus misjudge potential solutions. This article here shares the same sentiment.
The author presents how the use of “Jobs Theory” (as explained here) can help providers gain a thorough understanding of patients’ circumstances, and hence help eliminating both practical and psychological barriers to healthy behavior in a tough set of circumstances.

The back story – Neck and back medical technology through the ages

And finally, for those who were not around when the Titanic sank – this infographic, courtesy of LDR Spine, covers advancements in cervical spine care from 1500 BCE through today. These advancements include meat stabilization techniques used by the ancient Egyptians (yep, that’s right), medieval era inversion chairs (best be glad that you weren’t there) and present day artificial disc replacements. This is a spine platform after-all, so I had to include something specific to spine.

Nov 10

Spine & Health Info Platter (10 Nov ’17)

By admin | Artificial Intelligence , Blockchain , Spine Cloud Platter , Value-Based Healthcare

You need to be ready for the impact of artificial intelligence, big data, machine learning and wearable technologies on spine care.  To aid you in this journey, enjoy part 1 of our weekly curated platter.  Sign up for our newsletter on the left. Enjoy:

Artificial intelligence in healthcare: 10 leaders describe the future (Becker’s Spine Review)

Artificial intelligence is already playing a role in healthcare delivery, on the clinical and statistical analysis side. Here, 10 leaders of healthcare and IT companies describe what the future could look like when artificial intelligence is more fully integrated. The anticipated effects range from shifting from periodic consultation to continuous consultation through wearable and implantable devices which are constantly monitoring data and flagging conditions that the provider needs to see, to improved diagnostic insights via AI cognitive systems.

Digital platform enables patients to physically, mentally and emotionally navigate certain surgeries.

Many healthcare providers have developed digital platforms geared to improve the engagement between the patient and the health care delivery team. This company has developed their platform with the science of behaviour change where the patient’s care path can be customised to their physical and emotional needs – which is critical for post-surgery recovery.

Blockchain-driven platform to reduce the risk of chronic conditions

The fight against chronic disease is not won with antibiotics or vaccines, but with behavorial conditions that move patients from passive to empowered and proactive – and this requires giving patients access to data. MintHealth has launched a block-chain based health record platform that enables data liquidity between ecosystem participants, and which features a specialised digital currency as an incentive for preferred patient behaviours. The solution will ultimately enable providers to monitor the care of their patients, and therefore help patients reduce their risk of suffering from chronic conditions.  Goodbye EHR?

Behaviour is the key component to achieving value-based health-care

Value-based healthcare is a promising model for the reorganization of care. It has the potential to deliver substantially improved health outcomes at significantly lower cost than health systems are currently able to achieve. But that is just that – it is promising and it has great potential. Given its potential impact, why then is it not proverbial in all healthcare settings? That is because it requires significant changes in the most difficult part of the healthcare system – the behavior on the part of stakeholders. In this paper, BCG (The Boston Consulting Group) show how behaviour has a marked impact on health outcomes, and they present how their “smart simplicity” approach can influence behaviour and encourage the cooperation necessary to make value-based healthcare a reality.