Blockchain Predictions in Healthcare

Blockchain Predictions in Healthcare The ‘Blockchain in Healthcare Today’ review board discussed their major predictions for the next 12 months. Based on their responses, here are 10 significant themes for the future of blockchain in healthcare.

  1. Blockchain will become an essential part of consent management in healthcare

Currently, consent is stored in provider’s electronic health records and hospital record departments. Consent is procured for every procedure and/or at each patient visit. There are startup agencies who are innovating the consent process in a radical way —storing patient consent for data exchange, privacy

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What is Blockchain?

What is Blockchain?

Blockchain technology is currently one of the most pivotal and disruptive in the world. Multiple industries are implementing the blockchain technology to innovate the way they function, including the healthcare industry.

Blockchain is decentralized digital accounting that keeps a permanent, unalterable record of transactions between users. In short, a blockchain is a time-stamped series of fixed record of data that is managed by a cluster of computers not owned by any single entity. Each of these blocks of data (i.e. block) are secured and bound to each other using cryptographic principles (i.e. chain).

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Digital Health Market Outlook — 2019 and Beyond

Digital Health Market Outlook — 2019 and BeyondIn our current healthcare climate, a patient can book an appointment with a physician, inquire about medical guidance, access medical records, and have a prescription filled…but never actually leave their front step. If that isn’t incredible enough — robots perform surgeries and 3D printers can print human organs; the healthcare industry transforms year after year, opening the door and earning a front row seat in the development of digital health.

Let’s explore primary drivers that are responsible for moving digital health along within the medical market.

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Healthcare Disrupters

Healthcare disruptors

dis·rupt

verb

  1. interrupt (an event, activity, or process) by causing a disturbance or problem.
  2. drastically alter or destroy the structure of (something).

The evolution of healthcare is what it is today because of disruption. Innovators, inventions, trial and error, technology advancements, clinical trials — they all play a role in progressing as a global sector.

Behind the significant milestones within healthcare are people…the disrupters.

Here are six of the most influential people, drastically disrupting healthcare, as we know it today. This article highlights key influencers culled down from a much longer list of 100 influential people by Modern Healthcare.

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2019 Healthcare Predictions

H2019 Healthcare Predictions

The transformation to value-based medical care, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, and the rise of private insurance models is predicted to have the most substantial adjustments to how the healthcare industry functions, according to Forbes.

Forbes has published predictions on the evolution to the healthcare industry for the last 10 years.

Here are Forbes’ top eight predictions for the healthcare landscape in 2019:

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Implementation of Artificial Intelligence Inside Clinical Settings

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Healthcare organizations have their plates full, juggling the latest and greatest offerings and cutting-edge tools, all while figuring out budgets to support the advanced tech tools and procuring staff with the capacity to oversee them. One of these trending tools  on every administrator’s mind is preparing for and implementing Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Read any article or watch a news clip about the subject, and there are common themes that AI is projected to bring to the table — you’ll hear words like:

  • Analyze
  • Predictive actions
  • Preventative care
  • Feedback

The bottom line is that AI is seen as a benefit to the patient, first and foremost. With continuous connectivity and the capacity to learn, AI would have the ability to improve clinical efficiency by collecting, aggregating, and analyzing patient data —the results of this learning can then be used to improve patient adherence, engagement, and to proactively advise on next steps. AI in a clinical setting would prove its effectiveness as it begins to transform the healthcare system into one more focused on preventative care as opposed to reactionary care.

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2019: The Year of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

2019: The Year of Artificial Intelligence in HealthcareThe buzz words in healthcare, “Big Data,” have been a hot topic for years now, and they aren’t going anywhere…anytime soon.

The volume of available data in healthcare is forecasted to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 36%, as IDC stated in a recent report, outpacing the growth rate of nearly every other major industry.

Over the course of 2018, an immense need to ensure these data assets are accurate, trustworthy, timely, accessible, and secure was the driving force behind big investments in new infrastructure, innovative partnerships, and workflow optimization initiatives.

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Clinical Integration of Artificial Intelligence — A Look into the Future

Artificial intelligence in Healthcare Artificial Intelligence (AI) is undeniably gaining momentum within healthcare. Case studies and beta testing is proving valuable for longterm integration inside clinical settings.

In a survey conducted by Intel and Convergys Analytics, half of the participating professionals reported that widespread adoption of AI is imminent — predicting that it will be common practice within five years.

Nearly 20% believe that AI will be completely adopted in less than two years.

The poll found that 37% of respondents are already using artificial intelligence within their organizations in some capacity.

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How to Achieve The Triple Aim

Triple AimThe Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) launched the Triple Aim initiative in 2007. IHI defines the Triple Aim as a “framework for optimizing health system performance.” It was created for healthcare organizations to enhance a patients’ experience (i.e. quality, access, and reliability) while reducing the per capita cost of care.

The three objectives include:

  1. Improving the patient experience of care
  2. Improving the health of populations
  3. Reducing the per capita cost of health care

It is evident that most recent healthcare reform initiatives by the government regarding healthcare policy and funding, is fueled by the Triple Aim.

The three aims are not a new concept per se, but it wasn’t until government mandated healthcare reform, i.e Obamacare, that the Triple Aim became a sought-after goal for health organizations.

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Health Equity: The Forgotten Aim

Health Equity: The Forgotten Aim

In our blog earlier this month, we discussed the “Triple Aim” — an initiative launched in 2007 by The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). It was created for healthcare organizations to enhance a patients’ experience (i.e. quality, access, and reliability) while reducing the per capita cost of care.

However, prior to the Triple Aim’s evolution, The Institute of Medicine (IoM) identified six “Aims of Improvement” in 2001.

  1. Safe
  2. Effective
  3. Patient-Centered
  4. Timely
  5. Efficient
  6. Equitable

The IoM defines Equitable as providing care that does not vary in quality because of personal characteristics such as gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and socioeconomic status.

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