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Smarter Care uncovers valuable insights into lifestyle choices, social determinants and clinical factors, enabling holistic and individualised care to optimise outcomes and lower costs.


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Healthcare organisations are amassing vast amounts of data. Physicians have been on information overload for decades, contributing to the estimated 15% of diagnoses that are inaccurate or incomplete (Harvard Business Review, April, 2010). We don't understand why medicine works for one patient but not another. And growing shortages of nurses and medical specialists put more strain on broken systems.

But rather than focus on what is wrong with healthcare, let's imagine how information insights — coupled with clinical collaboration — can dramatically improve quality of care, patient safety and outcomes, while also improving the cost-effectiveness of care.

The smarter approach to healthcare is one that turns data into clinical and business insights for better outcomes. It instruments processes with those insights in realtime for point of care decisions and productivity. And hospitals, medical centres and clinicians can work smarter by bringing seamless, patient-centered, holistic and proactive approaches into their interactions with a patient, to deliver better care experiences that emphasise prevention and wellness.

Forward-thinking organisations are connecting their healthcare data, systems and processes to facilitate secure communications and information sharing. The IBM Centre for Applied Insights provides proven return on investment for such initiatives (US). Taking this step can help establish the foundation for smarter healthcare systems that seamlessly deliver integrated care, centred on the patient.



IBM UK & Ireland Healthcare Predictions for 2014

Healthcare Predictions for 2014 - from the view of the organisation (00:01:49)

IBM UK & Ireland Healthcare Predictions for 2014 - from the view of the organisation. Watch the video (00:01:49)

Healthcare Predictions for 2014 - from the view of the patient (00:03:25)

IBM UK & Ireland Healthcare Predictions for 2014 - from the view of the patient. Watch the video (00:03:25)


Electronic health records for evolving healthcare (00:04:53)

Electronic health records for evolving healthcare (00:04:53)

Patients, doctors, journalists and IBMers talk about the pivotal role of electronic health records in creating safer, smarter, more interconnected healthcare systems.

Perspectives on Watson: healthcare (00:02:16)

Perspectives on Watson: healthcare (00:02:16)

The ability to deliver precise answers to support a medical diagnosis could go a long way toward addressing a key challenge facing physicians. Watson, the IBM computing system designed to play Jeopardy!, could help physicians to deliver more accurate diagnosis and treatment decisions.

A series of conversations for a smarter planet

IBM and Healthcare are together creating collaborative, more efficient, integrated healthcare systems to deliver co-ordinated, personalised and patient-centred care.

The evolving promise of genomic medicine

IBM Smarter Care: Impact at the point of care

Analytics across the healthcare ecosystem

Redefining value in healthcare: innovating to expand access, improve quality and reduce cost of care

The value of analytics in healthcare: from insights to outcomes

From Evidence to Insights: Achieving Outcomes that Matter


Chronic illness accounts for approximately 60% of death each year. OECD and WHO data.

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Individuals will be served by collaborative, coordinated health systems. Governments. Address the current lack of sustainability by providing leadership and political willpower, removing obstacles, encouraging innovation and guiding countries to sustainable solutions. Communities. Make realistic, rational decisions regarding lifestyle expectations, acceptable behaviours and healthcare rights and economies. Pharmaceuticals and Device Manufacturers. Work collaboratively with care delivery organisations, clinicians and individuals to create products that improve outcomes and lower costs. Care Delivery Organisations. Expand the current focus on episodic acute care to encompass the enhanced management of chronic diseases and the life-long prediction and prevention od illness. Doctors and other Caregivers. Develop partnership with individuals, payers/health plans and other stakeholders, collaborating to promote and deliver more evidence-based and more personalised healthcare. Payers and Health Plans. Help individuals remain healthy and get more value from the healthcare system while assisting care delivery organisations and clinicians in delivering higher-value healthcare.

Individuals will be served by collaborative, coordinated health systems.

Governments
Address the current lack of sustainability by providing leadership and political willpower, removing obstacles, encouraging innovation and guiding countries to sustainable solutions.
Communities
Make realistic, rational decisions regarding lifestyle expectations, acceptable behaviours and healthcare rights and economies.
Pharmaceuticals and Device Manufacturers
Work collaboratively with care delivery organisations, clinicians and individuals to create products that improve outcomes and lower costs.
Care Delivery Organisations
Expand the current focus on episodic acute care to encompass the enhanced management of chronic diseases and the life-long prediction and prevention od illness.
Doctors and other Caregivers
Develop partnership with individuals, payers/health plans and other stakeholders, collaborating to promote and deliver more evidence-based and more personalised healthcare.
Payers and Health Plans
Help individuals remain healthy and get more value from the healthcare system while assisting care delivery organisations and clinicians in delivering higher-value healthcare.


 

Essential steps to smarter healthcare

The healthcare industry now needs to perform on a more competitive, outcomes basis, shifting from fee for service to value based on quality and cost. Here are a few examples of organisations that are focusing on different aspects of quality and making real progress.

 

Efficiency and quality of care
Healthcare organisations can use analytics to uncover insights to identify and act on meaningful trends in clinical and quality indicators, making processes more efficient.

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Clinician effectiveness
Whether at the bedtime, in the operating room or the emergency department, the time that care providers spend with patients is of the utmost value.

Use analytics to predict outcomes
Correlating and analysing information including patient demographics, diagnostic information and clinical data can help to identify and develop more effective treatments, leading to more personalised care.

Improve care for patients with chronic disease
According to the World Health Organisation, heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes, are by far the leading cause of mortality in the world, representing 60% of all deaths.

Use genetic insights to help diagnose hereditary disease
Incorporating individualised patient information into analyses using advanced analytics can help to determine more effective treatments.