Artificial intelligence is poised to revolutionize health care, in everything from drug research, to diagnostics, to health care delivery -- all the way through to billing and accounting. But to get there, organizations need to overcome distrust of the technology, meet integration challenges, and deal with privacy and security issues. Boston-based Beacon Health Options, which provides behavioral health treatment to more than 40 million people in all 50 states, faced all those challenges when it first turned to AI to help improvement treatment. Get the latest insights with our CIO Daily newsletter. "Beacon is the largest company solely focused on behavioral health in the country," says Christina Mainelli, the organization's executive vice president and chief growth officer.
RWJBarnabas, which owns 11 acute-care hospitals and several other facilities in the state, will initially contribute $100 million and then more than $1 billion over 20 years to expand education and research. It also will pay for construction of a clinical and research building for the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and an ambulatory care center, both in New Brunswick.
I think it's a moral imperative that we act. We live in one of the wealthiest nations on the planet. It's the humane thing to do. But then when you look at it from a health care perspective, the science is on our side. A lot of times the people that are out there – not always, but a high percentage in places like Chicago, in major cities but even in some of the suburban areas – folks present with multiple diagnoses.
Natural disasters, lingering wars, bourgeoning epidemics--2018's headlines revealed a lot about the sheer volume of our human need. And in one way or another, each of those needs has an impact on our health and well-being. Here are just a few of the big global health issues that we at IntraHealth International will be watching and responding to in the coming year.