How AI Is Dissolving Borders In Healthcare

Jenni Kavanagh our consultant managing the role
Posting date: 7/4/2018 3:20 PM

Millennium Park. The Chicago Bean. Wrigley Field. Windy City. Second City. Chicago is known and named for many things, and soon it’s emergence as an international hub for innovation will join the ranks. Considered one of the best places in the country for tech jobs growth, the Midwest pragmatism of Chicago offers the best of both worlds –a small-town feel in a big city, and a culture of innovation.

With numerous tech giants, such as Salesforce, Google and Orbitz, already in place, Chicago is now leading digital transformation of the healthcare industry. A city that prides itself on attracting no-nonsense leaders, and built around a culture of hard work, dedication, and a motivation for disruption, it is the natural location for the data-led problem solving required to revolutionize healthcare in the US.

AI As A Partner In HealthCare

The American health care system is an unwieldy tangle of structures and processes, but with the help of technologies such as Electronic Health Records (HER), digitized machines, and now AI, the focus is evolving to place a greater emphasis on the end user. Whether they be a doctor, clinician, or patient, the goal is the same – to provide better care; faster.

However, because of AI’s use of machine learning and NLP, around eighty percent of health executives believe this technology is advancing faster than its adoption. As these abilities evolve, leaders need to ensure that patient data is secure, and they are transparent about how it is being used.

More than a technological tool, AI is now a part of the healthcare workforce. Working as collaborator, trusted advisor, and coworker, it will soon have as much influence as the people putting it to use. It is opening virtual borders using algorithms to diagnose patient wounds via smartphone, allowing remote monitoring of elderly patients, and helping to digitally verify a patient’s insurance information – no more form duplication or being asked the same questions over and over again.

Insights afforded by AI and the tech industry can help doctors and caretakers make more informed decisions that could mean the difference between life and death, whilst also blurring the lines between business and personal. This is where extended reality (XR) comes in.

XR technologies provide a bridge to connect people, places, and information, uniting the physical and digital worlds. Enabling a consultation with an elderly patient in a rural setting, a nurse to use a vein finder to insert an IV on the first try, or a surgical resident to practice surgery in a virtual setting at home, the possibilities are endless - intelligent tech can be used to deliver informed, efficient, and personalized care.

Insights For End-User Engagement

Over eighty percent of health executives worry their organizations are not prepared for the ramifications of these technological advancements. However, being able to explain their decisions based on AI information can be critical, and the need to ensure trust, safety, and compliance is paramount for success.

If the digital transformation of creative health systems is able to engage the end user of the technology properly, then its impact will be far greater and its adoption inevitable .

If you’re a pragmatic, problem-solver who’s interested how data can evolve the healthcare industry, we may have a role for you. A globally recognized health organization is searching for a Director Data Analytics & Strategy in Chicago. You’ll help to drive data strategy within the organization, define best practices, evaluate programs, build insight roadmaps for customer data insights, and more. For more information on this role or to explore wider opportunities.


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