By Mark Daley
The tools and methodologies of “Big Data” provide us with new – necessarily automated – ways to boil down vast quantities of data into a form that is easier to digest. Critical tools include algorithms for dimensionality reduction, machine learning and large-scale visualization.
Beyond Big Data, many researchers are also beginning to face the related challenge of “fast data” – that is, real-time, streaming data for which an analysis is only useful if the results can be had quickly. For example, imagine a system designed to predict adverse weather events to mitigate losses to human life or damage to property. Clearly, the prediction is not useful if it comes 12 hours after the event. Continue Reading »
By Linda Becker
Across the U.S. and around the world, businesses, governments and healthcare leaders realize the need to transform healthcare. New legislation and mandates cannot change the culture of a community or the trajectory of care or cost.
Recently I was invited to participate in a panel discussion as part of IBM’s Economic Development and Vitality Symposium in Washington, D.C., to share the dramatic story of how Rochester, N.Y., was able to transform itself in tough economic times through Smarter Care. It is an inspiring story of how to bring disparate groups together in a community to make a real difference for its citizens, and one that I am privileged to have been able to witness firsthand in my roles as Chairman of the Board of Rochester General Hospital and founder of a healthcare event and continuing education company called NorthStar Network. Continue Reading »
By Tricia Kennedy
Gwinnett County Public Schools, Georgia’s largest school district and the 13th largest in the nation, expanded the walls of the classroom this fall with new technology resources that foster collaboration and nurture creativity and innovation.
The resources are a part of the district’s eCLASS (digital Content, Learning, and Support System) initiative, an integrated enterprise solution to enhance student engagement and the learning process which includes the Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) Tool.
Serving nearly 169,000 students, the district faced some harsh realities several years ago: Continue Reading »
By Adam Cutler
“Good design is good business.” — Thomas J. Watson, 1956
Sixteen years before Thomas Watson Jr. told this to students at the University of Pennsylvania, he hired Eliot Noyes to create IBM’s first corporate design program. Noyes and other design leaders, such as Paul Rand, Charles and Ray Eames, and Eero Saarinen, collaborated to craft IBM’s identity—from the Selectric typewriter to the Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY.
IBM used good design to demystify technology in a technically immature world. Today, good design helps tackle a different, but no less acute, problem caused by technology overload.
This week, we dedicated a new IBM Design Studio in Austin, a strong initial step to drive a company-wide effort to put humans at the center of our products. Human-centered design requires a high degree of interaction between people who use the solution and those who build it. Continue Reading »
By David Alexander
Healthcare systems across the U.S. are facing the need to reform operations to maintain their financial health. Rising costs, aging populations and government reform mandates are changing how these systems work.
As the nation’s second largest public health care network, Memorial Health System has had to face these issues and more as we’ve expanded operations.
The good news? We’ve grown both organically by adding new facilities and by acquiring other hospitals and health providers.
The challenge? The complexity of our accounts-payable processes increased, transactional volumes skyrocketed, and we had no consistent way to validate vendors. Continue Reading »
By Guy Meger
We’ve all had mornings where we get out of bed bleary-eyed from a late night of celebrating, studying, fretting children, or just plain insomnia. New studies have found that the fatigue, forgetfulness, and poor concentration are not only caused by the amount of sleep we get or don’t get, but are also influenced by the quality of our sleep. Many of us wake up not feeling refreshed or recharged because we are simply not sleeping well.
Much of our general wellness can be assessed based on information collected during sleep. Heart and breathing rates, as well as our movements during sleep, especially when tracked over a period of time, can tell us a great deal about how healthy we are. Continue Reading »
By Keith J. Figlioli
According to the federal government, one out of every five Medicare beneficiaries – about two million people annually – are readmitted to hospitals within 30 days of discharge. The cost: $26 billion a year, with more than $17 billion considered unplanned and preventable.
Why is this happening? Well, research shows patients are often readmitted due to their lack of understanding about what’s wrong with them and how to care for themselves at home, which medications they’re supposed to take and when, and how and when they should schedule a follow up appointment.
In August, I wrote about the Data Alliance Collaborative (DAC), a group of leading clinical and IT experts who are co-developing and sharing data analytics to meet unmet healthcare needs. Instead of investing in and developing multiple, fragmented solutions that address the same problem, DAC members are pooling resources to develop single solutions all providers can use. Continue Reading »
By Richard Ware
I have always been healthy and active, so I was stunned earlier this year when I was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, a form of leukemia I was referred to a cancer treatment center in Utah where I felt rushed into a treatment that was presented as the only option. I contacted MD Anderson for a second opinion and higher level of competence and a new, cutting-edge treatment option for my condition.
They recommended that I try an experimental chemotherapy treatment regimen that had shown positive outcomes for otherwise healthy middle-aged people like me. I began chemotherapy in September and have already seen positive results. Dr. Courtney DiNardo is my primary physician. Continue Reading »
By Dr. Walter Stewart
Heart failure remains nearly impossible to detect early.
Although doctors look for physical signs and symptoms, which are commonly known as the Framingham criteria, they can occur with illnesses other than heart failure. So, doctors usually diagnose heart failure after a patient is hospitalized, when the disease has progressed to a very serious stage and caused irreversible organ damage.
Sutter Health, IBM and Geisinger Health Systems have earned a $2 million grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH) to improve this diagnosis – to make it faster, more accurate, and more reliable with analytics. As part of this three year project, we will collect data on heart failure symptoms, test multiple approaches for quickly and accurately analyzing the data, and determine how we might structure a potential clinical trial. Continue Reading »