Google has just formed a partnership with three different medical research hospitals. They are the University of Chicago Medicine, UC San Francisco and Stanford Medicine. The partnerships were formed for the purpose of researching how machine learning can use data taken from electronic medical records to exact better results in analytic environments.
Google Brain researchers have discovered that machine learning can now anticipate certain events. Those events include the ability to determine when a common treatment may not be effective in a particular patient, how long a patient may need to remain in the hospital and whether or not a patient needs to be hospitalized in the first place. This means that machine learning would make it possible for medical personnel to predict what a patient will need in advance. Some of the medical conditions that would apply include heart failure, pneumonia and urinary tract infections. It could also prevent unfortunate events, such as hospital readmissions, errors in patient medications and infections.
Google also has plans to make improvements in how data is imparted and delivered to others. It intends to begin communicating with hospitals and researchers by following Health 7’s FHIR standards and automating data exchange and standardization. The researchers promise that patient privacy will be at the top of their list of priorities. Before it will be shared, all personally identifiable information will be removed from the rest of the data. Then, Google Cloud’s infrastructure will secure it according to HIPAA privacy rules.
Several healthcare organizations currently have an innovation center, and those that don’t plant to create one in the near future. This includes 75 percent of the healthcare organizations currently operating in the country. These executives believe in digital innovation, and if they have at least 400 beds, they are moving toward developing innovation centers for their facilities, and research shows that this is true.
The AHA and AVIA recently listed the following five areas where hospitals are making changes:
- Patients are using technology to generate a significant amount of data about their health, such as fitness trackers, wristbands and Smartwatches, and hospitals are looking for ways that they can use this data to improve their patients’ experiences. It will also allow them to manage high-cost populations under risk-based contracts.
- Hospitals are evaluating patient readiness, scheduling, demand management, profitability and patient utilization data.
- Hospitals are now using new technologies to provide logic-based provider screening, referral tools and decision support.
- Hospitals are seeking support from the surrounding communities to coordinate care, communicate with community partners and set up virtual networks.
- Patients are seeking more convenient ways to access medical care, so hospitals are implementing technologies such as virtual consults and telemedicine.
Although many improvements have been made, there are still some stumbling blocks. The respondents stated that innovation is difficult because of staffing and monetary issues. Also, implementing new technology presents challenges, but one thing appears to be getting easier. Leaders are no longer putting up a fight when the time comes to consider carrying out digital innovation projects.
About Drew Madden
Drew Madden spent four years at the University of Iowa College of Engineering from 1998 until 2002. He received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Industrial Engineering with a focus in Medical Systems. In 2002, he became an Integration Consultant with the Cerner Corporation. He spent his time there implementing inpatient clinical applications for two large hospitals in the Chicago area.
After leaving the Cerner Corporation in 2006, Drew Madden became a Senior Epic Consultant for Healthia Consulting/Ingenix Consulting where he implemented Epic inpatient applications in several Midwestern hospitals. Drew earned certifications in Clinical Documentation, Inpatient Procedure Orders, Inpatient Medication Orders and Willow. He became a Regional Sales Director at Ingenix in 2009 where he was responsible for sales and business development of Epic, GE and Allscripts consulting practices.
Drew joined Nordic Consulting Partners in December of 2010. While at Nordic, Madden was responsible for many of the company’s successes. For example, while he was there, the company grew its employee base from 10 to 800. The number of the company’s clients also increased from three to 150. Annual revenue grew from 1 million in 2010 to 130 million in 2016. During Drew’s tenure at Nordic, the company was ranked number one by KLAS for Epic implementation services in the years 2012 and 2014.
Drew left this position at Nordic in 2016 and joined Evergreen Healthcare Partners in July of 2017 as Managing Partner.
Drew is highly enthusiastic about Electronic Medical Records and has dedicated his career to attracting the best and brightest in healthcare IT to help solve healthcare’s most complex problems.