J. Tod Fetherling
CEO / Data Geek
2018 was a wild year. Major advances occurred in artificial intelligence and machine learning — both accelerated thinking in care management. We have only scratched the surface. Here is a list of the top ten technologies we see impacting healthcare in 2019.
We are collecting more data than ever. Combing through it all is a daunting task. Thanks to advancements in AI, we are able to quickly search and compare enormous data sets far faster than any human. Image matching algorithms are helping us detect and diagnose earlier and more accurately.
Disease Prediction is important to patients and providers. We can save lives together, and we should do this as quickly as possible. Great work is being done matching tumor images and predicting diseases based on a growing base of medical data combined with social determinants of health.
We see evidence that deep learning is beginning to happen. To be effective, we will need to combine genetics, person biometrics, and utilization patterns. The machine(s) will tell us where we are trending on health status based on our sleep, nutrition, exercise, and stress.
As prices get published, consumers will begin to define what matters most to them in the selections of quality care. Will it be volume, outcomes, charges, access, or loyalty to the health system? Or all five?
The Continuity of Care Document and Apple Healthcare will drive consumer analytics to a new level of Interoperability. Finally, semantic interoperability will become a rallying cry as people try to understand new codes being submitted to their mobile devices.
Cost of Care drives consumers to take charge of their financial health and personal health.
Feds and State push for more price transparency in healthcare.
Telehealth is making it more convenient to see a specialist. Urgent Care centers nearby mean patients don’t have to wait. And if leaving work is a problem, On-site Care brings healthcare into the workplace. America’s need for “right now” and convenient access wins out. The ease of use with these new-found options, combined with a declining physician workforce, means many hospitals will have to redefine their virtual and retail strategies this year.
Is it Policy or Privacy that’s delaying interoperability? The technology is indeed there. Americans still value a sense of privacy when it comes to healthcare. Legislators will continue their stump speeches when it comes to protecting their constituents’ concerns about protecting these rights.
The Washington bureaucrats are pushing Value-Based Care (VBC) while the Republican-held Senate dismantles Obamacare, along with a big assist from the federal courts. Commercial payers join the VBC fight and drive deeper cost savings through Episodes of Care. The average medical cost savings for Value-Based Care were 5.6% according to ORC International.