Headlines abound about doctors cowering from AI. The reality: not so much. I’m a physician, and don’t think that’s a realistic concern. Rather, I envision a future in which AI-enabled insights help health and medical experts deliver patient-centered, personalized, value-based care. The future is here. For those of us at IBM, we are augmenting experts’ […]
Last month, British Columbia, Canada’s westernmost province, launched Innovation Boulevard, the region’s first of its kind health technology accelerator, focused exclusively on the commercialization of medical technology. Supported through a partnership with IBM, this collaborative cluster of health technology companies, academic research labs, and health practitioners is creating new and powerful solutions to tackle some of […]
For decades, scientists, researchers, hospitals and clinics have been amassing a stockpile of information on cancer. This data takes many forms: medical texts and journals, patient records, medical images, genetic profiles and more. And it lives in many places — from highly structured digital databases to forgotten filing cabinets, owned by government agencies, insurance companies, […]
To investigate the state of cognitive solutions in social programs, Frost & Sullivan interviewed a range of social program executives and IT leaders who support these agencies across North America, Western Europe and in the Asia Pacific region. Interviews were conducted in the US, Canada, the UK, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Singapore and Australia. While the […]
I recently came across an article titled: “One in 10 social workers ‘would quit’ over stress.” I’ve been working in the human services field for my entire 30+ year career, so the title didn’t really surprise me. But it got me thinking. Exactly how stressful is the job of social worker? And that got me […]
There are many examples of how technology has positively impacted, and in some instances transformed, the delivery of government social programs. Land line telephones are perhaps the oldest form of technology used to communicate with clients. But the Internet, email, telephone conferencing, video conferencing, mobile devices, and texting have transformed the way caseworkers communicate with […]
Cognitive Computing and Government Social Programs: Bridging the gap between data quantity and data insights
People create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day. According to IBM®, 90 percent of the data in the world today was created in the last two years alone. This data comes from sensors used to gather climate information, posts to social media, digital pictures and videos, purchase transaction records and cell phone GPS signals to name a few.
Ginni Rometty was a keynote speaker at the 2017 HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) Annual Conference & Exhibition, an event that brings together 40,000+ health IT professionals, clinicians, executives, and vendors from around the world.
Healthcare models are undergoing a profound transformation. This is due to a number of factors, including aging populations, individuals’ expectations and changes in how providers deliver care. Consequently, there is increasing pressure on the industry to change and refine the way it delivers care.
The way Americans pay for healthcare has always been a controversial topic. And now it’s undergoing the most significant change in history. It’s a change that could provide substantial benefits to patients and health providers alike, but it’s also extremely complex.
Advances in oncology research over the past two decades have been immensely encouraging. However, with new medical literature being published so frequently, this plethora of information poses its own challenges for oncologists.
The US spends approximately $3 trillion annually on healthcare services such as prescription drugs and insurance. A significant chunk of this figure is lost to healthcare waste that occurs as a result of duplicative services, misdiagnosed patients, unnecessary hospital visits, and other reasons.