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Is Health Advocacy the Next Great Challenge for Watson in Healthcare?

Watson is growing up. And like a child nurtured by parents with extremely high expectations, IBM’s cognitive computing offspring, better known as Watson, is undoubtedly destined for greater achievements than playing Jeopardy! or helping investment bankers get even richer – despite the fact that most modern-day human beings can’t help being drawn into playing engaging, competitive computer-aided or generated games and lots of us want to make as much money as possible, with or without the assistance of silicon-based intelligence.

Still, one can’t help but imagine what Watson progenitors, with assistance from industry partners, can gen up in the various IBM development labs across the globe. For instance, is it possible that Watson can be “educated” to help solve the financial ills of our bloated healthcare system here in the U.S. and perhaps even contribute to improving health outcomes? Continue reading

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Why Six Republican U.S. Senators are Right, and Wrong, about HITECH and EHR Interoperability

A whitepaper published by six Republican U.S. Senators brings up several valid points about lack of interoperability, potential misuse of funds and fraud, issues with security and long term program viability, a lack of oversight and a rush to move smaller less well funded healthcare providers through Healthcare IT adoption requirements to qualify for ObamaCare meaningful use dollars. However, the paper fails to produce any viable suggestions to improve on what CMS and the ONC have so far put in place. This post makes several practical, cost effective suggestions for improving interoperability at the provider level first. Continue reading

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Information Governance: Rx for Electronic Healthcare Records Interoperability Dilemma

The healthcare industry could benefit enormously from the implementation of information governance programs and solutions. Healthcare, like every other industry, is inundated with data – now generically referred to as Big Data. In particular, unstructured data (mostly text) found in documents, emails and SOAP notes is a huge challenge for providers to manage as that data is often locked into distributed systems and formats that are difficult for health systems to access because they lack the ability to exchange data. Continue reading

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Electronic Healthcare Record (EHR) Solution Failures and Potential Fixes

Earlier this month The Rand Corporation published a report entitled, What It Will Take To Achieve The As-Yet-Unfulfilled Promises Of Health Information Technology. As a recent New York Times article points out, it was a Rand Corporation report published in 2005 that helped fuel the EHR solutions juggernaut by offering a too rosy prediction that $81 billion in annual savings were to be had with rapid adoption of health IT. In the intervening years, healthcare costs have continued to escalate thanks, in part, to missed opportunities and flawed policies surrounding the deployment, use and funding for EHRs. So why are EHRs failing and what can government, the healthcare industry and consumers do about it? Continue reading

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Healthcare a Major Theme as IBM Delivers Big Data Message at IOD 2012

Tackling Big Data is both a challenge and an opportunity. In the context of healthcare, the more information you have about a patient or a set of patients at the point of care or in a research environment, the better informed the care provider and the patient will be. By most accounts, healthcare IT is roughly 10 years or so behind the financial industry. Healthcare CIOs, CMOs (Chief Medical Officers) and business executives need to have a strategic information management and governance plan in place to take advantage of Big Data opportunities and not fall prey to tactical, reactive practices that sap resources and lead to the adoption of practices and vendor solutions that quickly lead to dead-ends and under optimized systems. Continue reading

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