If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
However, if you are fortunate enough to have more than a minute, then please get ready to embark upon an exciting journey exploring AI (but beware, it could last a lifetime) …
Roche, a Swiss healthcare giant with global reach, teams up with one of the leading Israeli healthcare and life sciences VC firm, aMoon, on a collaborative investment program aimed at accelerating innovative diagnostic technologies from Israel's healthtech ecosystem. The collaboration, called "StarFinder Lab," will provide funding, mentoring, and strategic support to "9 Stars," newly-formed or existing ventures, elected through the program. The partnership focuses on identifying and cultivating disruptive AI-driven data as well as digital healthcare solutions from early-stage startups providing different technological solutions for the many different moving aspects of healthcare. "Healthtech and AI are transforming the healthcare industry as we know it, and we see great value in working with Israeli healthcare innovators as they build their companies," said Michele Pedrocchi, Head of Global Strategy and Business Development at Roche Diagnostics. The joint venture will create an innovative atmosphere, where selected startups will receive access to global expertise from the Roche and aMoon.
Healthcare cybersecurity is in triage mode. As systems are stretched to the limits by COVID-19 and technology becomes an essential part of everyday patient interactions, hospital and healthcare IT departments have been left to figure out how to make it all work together, safely and securely. Most notably, the connectivity of everything from thermometers to defibrillators is exponentially increasing the attack surface, presenting vulnerabilities IT professionals might not even know are on their networks. Get the whole story and DOWNLOAD the eBook now – on us!] The result has been a newfound attention from ransomware and other malicious actors circling and waiting for the right time to strike. Rather than feeling overwhelmed in the current cybersecurity environment, it's important for healthcare and hospital IT teams to look at security their networks as a constant work in progress, rather than a single project with a start and end point, according to experts Jeff Horne from Ordr and G. Anthony Reina who participated in Threatpost's November webinar on Heathcare Cybersecurity. "This is a proactive space," Reina said. "This is something where you can't just be reactive. You actually have to be going out there, searching for those sorts of things, and so even on the technologies that we have, you know, we're, we're proactive about saying that security is an evolving, you know, kind of technology, It's not something where we're going to be finished." Healthcare IT pros, and security professionals more generally, also need to get a firm handle on what lives their networks and its potential level of exposure. The fine-tuned expertise of healthcare connected machines, along with the enormous cost to upgrade hardware in many instances, leave holes on a network that simply cannot be patched. "Because, from an IT perspective, you cannot manage what you can't see, and from a security perspective, you can't control and protect what you don't know," Horne said. Threatpost's experts explained how healthcare organizations can get out of triage mode and ahead of the next attack. The webinar covers everything from bread and butter patching to a brand-new secure data model which applies federated learning to functions as critical as diagnosing a brain tumor. Alternatively, a lightly edited transcript of the event follows below. Thank you so much for joining. We have an excellent conversation planned on a critically important topic, Healthcare cybersecurity. My name is Becky Bracken, I'll be your host for today's discussion. Before we get started, I want to remind you there's a widget on the upper right-hand corner of your screen where you can submit questions to our panelists at any time. We encourage you to do that. You'll have to answer questions and we want to make sure we're covering topics most interesting to you, OK, sure. Let's just introduce our panelists today. First we have Jeff Horne. Jeff is currently the CSO at Ordr and his priors include SpaceX.
Businesses across all sectors are taking a keen interest in the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) to address its most pressing challenges. AI is already known for its ability to speed up processes, streamline operations, and of course to crunch vast quantities of data faster than a human ever could. But when it comes to systems that can think for themselves? This reality is closer than you might think. Cognitive AI assimilates data from multiple sources, in different formats, and is able to weigh up these data to form insights.
We are excited to announce that next month we will launching the AIhub focus issue on "AI for Good", which will specifically concentrate on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Each month we will pick a different goal and highlight work in that area. Our first SDG will be "good health and well-being". This goal is particularly pertinent at present given the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there are numerous other examples of AI usage in healthcare.
AI is undoubtedly changing the healthcare industry, making it more efficient and driving better outcomes for patients. COVID-19 has served as an accelerator of adoption – a catalyst in helping the industry catapult itself forward, taking advantage of the best technology has to offer. Barriers to adoption persist, however, as many applications of AI in healthcare remain uncharted territory. The vast majority of the world's health systems are not using their data and AI to make helpful predictions that inform decision making, creating tremendous opportunity to use data and AI to help make more insightful healthcare decisions. But the challenge is in finding common, replicable use cases. To start, healthcare providers are looking to understand how the disparate clinical data they gather can be organised better into an efficient pipeline that can be used to tap into accurate, predictive data intelligence.
Physician turnover in the United States, due to burnout and related factors, was conservatively estimated to cost the US healthcare system some $4.6 billion annually, according to a 2019 Annals of Internal Medicine study. The results reflect a familiar dynamic, where too many doctors are crushed in paperwork, which takes time away from being with patients. Just five months after this study was publicized, Harvard Business Review published "How AI in the Exam Room Could Reduce Physician Burnout," examining multiple artificial intelligence initiatives that may streamline providers' administrative tasks, thus reducing burnout. Still, barriers to trust in AI solutions remain, highlighted by 2020 KPMG International survey findings that note only 35% of leaders have a high degree of trust in data analytics powered by AI within their own organizations. This lack of confidence even in their own AI-driven solutions underscores the significant trust gap that exists between decision-makers and technology in the current digital era.
Like so much of our lives, the future of healthcare is digital. Technological advances have given rise to tools that would usually be found in science fiction novels. Now they are helping to diagnose and treat a huge variety of illnesses and improve the quality of life for millions. Now more than ever we can see the huge advantages of embracing digital health in order to enable people to stay at home and still receive appropriate care for minor ailments and check-ups, or advice on their long-term conditions. In response to the global pandemic, hospitals and GP surgeries are embracing remote appointments and other digital measures to treat their patients and ensure they remain safe and well in their own homes.
Malinka Waliyadde is Co-Founder & CEO of Alpha Health, the first Unified Automation company for revenue cycle management in healthcare. It's an irony of the human condition that often, when we are at the depth of our ignorance, we are at the height of our confidence. Technology, machines and AI (artificial intelligence) don't automatically fix this folly. Like humans, these systems do not always understand when they are wrong about their own competence (for example, if the state of the world changes from when the AI model was originally trained). But integrating people into a system that uses machine learning goes a long way toward eliminating blind spots.
Last week, we published the first two of our ten predictions in our report, 'The future unmasked: Predicting the future of healthcare and life sciences in 2025'. This week, we launch predictions three and four, 'Clinicians are empowered by new diagnostic and treatment paradigms' and'The who, what and where of work re-architected'. This week's blog provides an overview of predictions three and four. How COVID-19 is changing healthcare professional's ways of working In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare providers reorganised their staff and services and provided bespoke training to enable new ways of working. They also introduced new levels of physical and mental health and wellbeing support their staff all while attempting to deliver safe care to patients.
Coronavirus has killed hundreds of thousands of people and has strained health systems around the world, but for Tony Young there may be a patch of a silver lining. The pandemic is accelerating use of technology to radically advance medicine and save lives in the future. "There are so many fantastic examples of the way in which technology is empowering our patients and our professionals," says Prof Young, a surgeon and national clinical lead for NHS England. Having launched his own medical-technology start-ups, he is helping to introduce innovations across the UK health service. Digital tools, whether for data management and drug development or enhanced diagnosis and treatment, have sharply improved the response to the threat of infection and all sorts of disease.