About a decade ago, French doctor Franck Baudino was providing primary medical care to isolated communities in small African villages, which sometimes took two or three days' travel to reach. Exhausted, and with demand for accurate healthcare consultations spiralling, he vowed to create a sustainable solution that could bring professional medical diagnoses to the global population. AI that knows you're sick before you do: IBM's five-year plan to remake healthcare A mix of artificial intelligence and custom silicon could help people diagnose themselves with a range of conditions before they show symptoms. "It wasn't possible to carry on like that," he tells ZDNet. "I wanted somehow to be able to take the pulse of the world."
As hospitals and health systems leverage information technology, healthcare executives must advocate for caregivers to improve provider satisfaction, be prepared for a telehealth explosion, embrace machine learning and artificial intelligence, incorporate the Internet of Things, and prepare for more cyber-attacks, said Thomas Zenty, CEO of University Hospitals of Cleveland. Collection, aggregation and interpretation of data is critically important, Zenty added. "Tele-, virtual-, digital health, are things critically important to the work we are doing," Zenty said. The Internet of Things is another area healthcare executives must prepare for.
In just the last six months, the company has announced major initiatives into healthcare including a partnership with clinical consultation provider Best Doctors to add Watson's cancer suite to employee benefits packages, a population health management alliance with Siemens Healthineers and an effort linking IBM's PowerAI deep learning software toolkit with NVIDIA's NVLink interconnect technology. And last month, Samsung waded into the digital health space via a partnership with American Well that leverages the Korean tech firm's consumer electronics with American Well's Exchange platform to enable providers and payers to connect and share telehealth services online. "Healthcare has been labeled as'ripe for disruption' for years, but the combination of government mandates and regulations, technological advancements and financial incentives of the last decade has seemed to finally get the needle moving," Derek Spearing, senior manager at Top Tier Consulting tells Healthcare Dive. Last May, the firm launched SAP Connected Health Platform, which leverages its SAP Hana in-memory computing platform with healthcare-specific components.