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AWS Launches Machine Learning Service to Mine Patient Data

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) launched this week its Amazon Comprehend Medical machine learning service that enables healthcare professionals and developers to mine unstructured medical text and patient data, such as diagnosis, treatments, dosages, symptoms, and other signs of disease. The new service helps healthcare professionals improve clinical decision support, streamline...

Greater Medical Device Connectivity Prompts FDA Process Revision

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The FDA is updating its voluntary 510(k) approval process to take into account growing medical device connectivity and interoperability, the agency announced Nov. 26. The FDA explained that the 510(k)-approval process, which dates from 1976, needs to be modernized to accommodate advances in medical device technology and ensure that the devices meet more modern safety and...

Healthcare CIOs’ Power over IT Purchasing Decisions in Free Fall

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The power of healthcare CIOs over the IT purchasing decisions of their organizations has virtually evaporated, according to a newly released survey by Black Book Research. Three years ago, healthcare CIOs controlled 71 percent of IT purchasing decision, but that power has been in a free fall, plummeting to 8 percent of IT purchasing decisions this year, the survey of 247 CIOs and...

HHS Selects Initial Healthcare Innovation Workgroup Participants

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HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan announced Nov. 21 the initial core participants for his healthcare innovation workgroup and set Dec. 18 as the date of its first meeting. The workgroup will be a year-long collaboration between healthcare innovation and investment professionals and HHS personnel who will meet quarterly to discuss the innovation and investment...

GE Unveils Edison Healthcare Artificial Intelligence Platform

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GE Healthcare has unveiled its Edison healthcare artificial intelligence platform designed to connect data on millions of medical imaging devices. The company said that clinical partners will be able to use Edison to develop algorithms and technology partners will be able to bring data processing advancements to Edison applications and smart devices. A full 90 percent of healthcare...

Healthcare Blockchain Could Solve Industry’s Biggest Problems

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Healthcare blockchain could solve some of the biggest problems in healthcare, such as compliance, interoperability, and data security issues, according to a recent study by CB Insights. The report looked at healthcare blockchain use cases in the short, medium, and long term. In the short term, healthcare blockchain could help simplify back-office operations, enhance...

Outdated Healthcare IT Infrastructure Can Weigh Down Organizations

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The healthcare industry has missed two technology change cycles, so many organizations are burdened with a lot of legacy healthcare IT infrastructure. That is the judgment of Bob Renner, CEO of cloud-based data management firm Liaison Technologies. He told HITInfrastructure.com that information technology needs to be “ripped and replaced” every 10 years, but healthcare has...

Legacy Infrastructure Inhibits Healthcare Artificial Intelligence

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Many organizations are trying to implement healthcare artificial intelligence (AI) projects using traditional infrastructure models, which isn’t working well, observed Pure Storage Global Healthcare Technology Strategy VP Josh Gluck.  By using a traditional infrastructure approach, organizations are running into scalability problems with their AI projects, Gluck told...

Major Tech Firms Partner to Boost Healthcare IT Interoperability

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Major tech companies, like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft, are increasingly partnering with health IT vendors to remove barriers to healthcare IT interoperability. In a letter released recently by ITI, these companies, along with IBM, Oracle, and Salesforce, “jointly committed to removing barriers for the adoption of technologies for healthcare interoperability, particularly those...

Healthcare Firms to Spend Average of $32M on Artificial Intelligence

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Healthcare organizations surveyed by Optum said they planned to invest an average of $32.4 million over the next five years on artificial intelligence. A full 91 percent of 500 US healthcare leaders said they expect to see a return on investment (ROI) for AI over the next few years. Hospital execs expect to see the ROI in four to five years, while health plans hope to see ROI in three...

Healthcare Blockchain Is Poised to Transform Patient Care

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Healthcare blockchain technology has the potential to transform patient care, observed Bill Frist, a heart and lung transplant surgeon, former Senate majority leader, and chairman of the executive council of the health service investment firm Cressey & Company.   Blockchain will be able to break down EHR silos, simplify revenue cycle reconciliation and healthcare supply...

Fear of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare Can Delay Benefits

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There is a fear of artificial intelligence in healthcare that needs to be managed so that the healthcare industry can take advantage of AI benefits for patients, said Michael Abramoff, founder and CEO of IDx Technologies. Abramoff, who is also Robert C. Watzke Professor at the University of Iowa, told a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hearing this week that he faced fear and...

Majority of Healthcare CIOs Lack Strong Trust in Data Integrity

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More than half of healthcare CIOs lack strong trust in their data integrity, but three-quarters of healthcare organizations plan to invest in improving their data integrity, according to a survey of 85 healthcare CIOs and other senior healthcare IT leaders by Dimensional Insight. The poll asked respondents to rate their users’ level of trust in their data on a 1 to 10 scale,...

Healthcare Cloud Computing Market to See 22% CAGR Through 2022

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The global healthcare cloud computing market is forecast by Technavio to increase at a CAGR of 22 percent, growing by $16.4 billion from 2017 to 2022. Technavio said that growth in cloud-assisted medical collaborations is one of the key factors fueling growth in the healthcare cloud computing market. The software-as-a-service (SaaS) segment is projected to reach 65 percent of the...

End User Digital Workspace Improvements Enhance User Experience

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Attracting new talent and improving workflow are two important reasons why organizations are seeking to improve their health IT infrastructure. According to a recent ISG report, health IT vendors and healthcare providers are evolving to address digital workplaces of the future by focusing on the end user and identifying technology gaps that need to be addressed in workplace...

Hospital Executives Want Customized Integrated Health Systems

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In response to an increase in hospitals’ acquisition of medical practices, more than one-third of hospital system executives said they want customized integrated health systems including practice management (PM), revenue cycle management (RCM), and electronic health records (EHR). By the fourth quarter of 2020, 40 percent of large hospital systems plan to replace multiple...

Citus Data Announces HIPAA-Compliant Healthcare Cloud

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Citus Data announced that Citus Cloud can now be used to manage PHI and build HIPAA-compliant applications for the healthcare cloud. The scale-out Postgres database company now allows software-as-a-service (SaaS)-based healthcare companies to build HIPAA-compliant applications on top of the Citrus Cloud database. The company announced that it has achieved a SOC 2 Type report. Citus...

New Healthcare Blockchain Effort to Ease Credentialing Burden

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A new healthcare blockchain initiative has been launched to help ease the administrative burden of professional credentialing, a process that can require four to six months to complete. The effort, called the Professionals Credentials Exchange, includes National Government Services, Spectrum Health, WellCare Health Plans, Accenture, and The Hardenbergh Group....

AWS Expands HIPAA Eligible Machine Learning Services

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the expansion of its machine learning services to healthcare organizations. Amazon Translate, Amazon Comprehend, and Amazon Transcribe are now HIPAA compliant. Healthcare professionals can now take advantage of these Amazon services to help leverage better insights and deliver better patient outcomes. The services use the AWS environment already in...

ClearDATA Achieves AWS Premier Consulting Partner Status

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ClearDATA announced its new Premier Consulting Partner status in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN).  This status is granted because of the expertise ClearDATA has demonstrated working with AWS. “We have made significant advancements to help healthcare customers optimize their cloud needs, scale with agility, and minimize the risk of breach, all of which...

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