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Cleveland Clinic Targets Telemedicine, Big Data and AI to Improve the Future of Care

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The Cleveland Clinic has a history of being on the bleeding edge of health IT and its new CEO Tom Mihaljevic has made it clear that the Ohio-based health system will keep pushing ahead as a medical technology pioneer. "Most of our plans for the future will depend on digital platforms: telemedicine, data analytics, artificial intelligence," Mihaljevic said during the State of the Clinic address in late February. "Digital technology will allow us to deliver smarter, more affordable and more accessible [care]. The Cleveland Clinic has always been an early adopter, beginning with our electronic medical records. But now, we have to take technology even more seriously.


Removing health care barriers and boundaries

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Two years ago, MIT research scientist Amar Gupta and his wife Poonam were on a trip to Los Angeles when she fell and broke both wrists. After being whisked by ambulance to a private medical center where she underwent a series of tests, staff members informed Poonam that they couldn't treat her further because she was not a member of the hospital's health care system. The staff spent hours trying to arrange for treatment elsewhere, but when they couldn't find another local facility that would accept the referral, the couple was forced to take the hospital's stunning advice: return to Boston with the fractures and consult a surgeon there. The episode abruptly ended the couple's trip, but it also, due to delays in obtaining the needed surgery for his wife, forced Gupta to give up a major professional opportunity in the Los Angeles area. In his view, the experience was bitter confirmation of the need for his work addressing dysfunction and inefficiency in the U.S. health care system -- and it inspired him to redouble those efforts.


Former Telemedicine Leader Launches Artificial Intelligence Group

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Jonathan Linkous, founding CEO of the American Telemedicine Association, and Mary Ann Liebert have co-founded a new organization focused on artificial intelligence, robotics and automation in healthcare. The Partnership for Artificial Intelligence and Automation in Healthcare (PATH) unites health systems, industry, payers and regulators to find how such technology can improve the delivery of medicine, reduce costs and expand access to healthcare services to millions of people across the globe, according to an organization press release. The mission-driven, membership-based group takes a unique, inclusive approach bringing together all stakeholders to resolve such issues as public policy oversight, personal safety and how to integrate such revolutionary advances into healthcare systems. Information about PATH and its inaugural summit can be found here. "AI and related innovations have already enabled industries such as banking, aviation, and entertainment to grow, provide higher- quality products, and allow consumers greater choice," Linkous, a co-founder and CEO of the group, said in a statement.


Former ATA CEO co-heads new alliance for AI in healthcare

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Go to any healthcare conference and a speaker is bound to mention a new use of artificial intelligence. Now, as the technology becomes more and more mainstream, a pair of industry experts are creating a new organization that seeks to legitimize and promote AI and other cutting edge technologies in healthcare. Founder and former CEO of the American Telemedicine Association Jonathan Linkous and Mary Ann Liebert, CEO of Mary Ann Liebert Inc., have launched a new organization called PATH (Partnership for Automation and Innovation in Healthcare) that will work as an advocacy alliance to promote AI, robotics, and automation in healthcare. "AI and related innovations have already enabled industries such as banking, aviation, and entertainment to grow, provide higher- quality products, and allow consumers greater choice," Linkous, who will serve as CEO of the new organization, said in a statement. "With spiraling costs, increasing need, decreasing resources, and rapidly advancing technologies, healthcare desperately needs to catch up."


Value-based care will reinvigorate EHRs, boost AI, advance home telehealth

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The state of value-based reimbursement efforts has been uncertain. Many healthcare organizations are indeed pursuing newer strategies to replace traditional fee-for-service care while reducing costs and improving quality, but progress has often been halting.


MDLive rolls out a digital assistant developed with artificial intelligence

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Virtual medical and behavioral healthcare provider MDLive has made it easier for patients to access telehealth services with the introduction of Sophie, a digital personal health assistant. An artificial intelligence-based chatbot that is part of MDLive's platform, Sophie guides patients through the registration process by first asking a series of questions to open an MDLive account. Next, Sophie walks patients through the steps to download the MDLive app. Once downloaded, the MDLive app helps patients determine whether scheduling a virtual or in-person visit with a healthcare professional is necessary.


Ada Health gets $47M for AI-powered chatbot, telemedicine app

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London and Berlin-based, AI-powered health app maker Ada Health has raised $47 million (40 million euro) in a funding round led by global investment group Access Industries. June Fund, Cumberland VC, and entrepreneur William Tunstall-Pedoe also contributed along with existing investors. Ada Health officially launched its app back in April after a soft launch in late 2016 and six years of research and development. It asks relevant, personalized questions and suggests possible causes for users' symptoms. The company says more than 1.5 million people have used the app since March.


Top Five Digital Transformation Trends In Health Care

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Technology is changing every industry in significant ways. To help frame how, I'm starting a new series discussing top trends in various markets. No one can dispute technology's ability to enable us all to live longer, healthier lives. From surgical robots to "smart hospitals," the digital transformation is revolutionizing patient care in new and exciting ways. National health expenditures in the United States accounted for $3.2 trillion in 2015--nearly 18% of the country's total GDP.


Big wave of artificial intelligence and machine learning coming to healthcare, University Hospitals of Cleveland CEO says

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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. Zenty delivered today's keynote address at Allscripts Client Experience, the EHR vendor's user conference here. The wellness of providers, the degree to which they are satisfied with their jobs, is key to operating a hospital or health system. "Physician satisfaction is at an all-time low," Zenty said. "The things we now have to do with our EHRs.


Top Five Digital Transformation Trends In Health Care

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Technology is changing every industry in significant ways. To help frame how, I'm starting a new series discussing top trends in various markets. No one can dispute technology's ability to enable us all to live longer, healthier lives. From surgical robots to "smart hospitals," the digital transformation is revolutionizing patient care in new and exciting ways. National health expenditures in the United States accounted for $3.2 trillion in 2015--nearly 18% of the country's total GDP.