Transforming Pharmacovigilance with Intelligent Automation

In today’s world of empowered patients and increased attention to drug safety, the role of pharmacovigilance has never been more crucial. Healthcare organizations need to instill robust practices to detect, assess, report on and prevent adverse effects, both to ensure regulatory compliance and reduce risk for patients. Pharmacovigilance processes, however, are traditionally highly manual and […]

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The Frontier Within (Part 2): AI Innovations in Healthcare

This is the second in our blog series on “Digitizing the Human Body.” (Also see Part 1 and Part 3.)  Artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced machine learning promise to reinvent healthcare, a sea change heralded by numerous AI-driven innovations, pilot projects, products and techniques. In fact, the use of AI in the life sciences sector […]

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And the Amazon of the Healthcare Industry Is … Amazon?

Healthcare executives often ask us: “Who will be the Amazon of healthcare?”  Our answer: “Why not Amazon?” Recent news reports have suggested that Amazon is developing a healthcare platform that would integrate data from legacy electronic medical records and offer services such as virtual consultation on demand.  The company’s Echo virtual assistant could be part […]

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The Frontier Within (Part 1): Digitizing the Human Body

This is the first in our blog series on “Digitizing the Human Body.” (Also see Part 2 and Part 3.)  Populating the human body with powerful technologies is no longer just a sci-fi fantasy. Existing and emerging technologies are rapidly ushering in an era of human augmentation, self-regulation, automated diagnosis and treatment, and even vast […]

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Service Robots that Enhance the Human Experience

Fictitious robots of the 20th century had super powers and were depicted in fantastical morality tales, in battles of right and wrong. Their 21st-century real-world counterparts have a more prosaic but ultimately more ground-breaking power: They’re enabled by artificial intelligence (AI) to solve everyday challenges for people, businesses and society. The potential opportunities created from […]

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Cloud-Based Healthcare: The Secure Path to Digital Health

The healthcare industry is becoming increasingly comfortable with cloud-delivered digital health services. As HIMSS has reported, popular candidates for cloud-based healthcare solutions include consumer engagement systems, data storage and back-office applications like e-mail. And they should be. These digital health solutions are more cost-effectively delivered via the cloud than on-premises, as the latter requires a […]

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The Ever-Evolving Connected Health Ecosystem

Connected health – long just an ideal – is slowly moving toward reality. It’s likely that in the next three to five years, we’ll see the industry working more closely together, enabled by data sharing, collection and monetization for the common purpose of driving better patient outcomes. Key to the healthcare industry’s transformation, however, is […]

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The Artificial Intelligence Panacea?

Looking at my analyst barometer, if 2016 was all about digital, then 2017 is all about artificial intelligence. You know something big is happening when scholars, analysts, CEO hot shots and doom mongers talk it up/talk it down all over news feeds and media. Some of the commentary on AI is Elon Musk scary; some […]

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Connecting the Dots in Digital Healthcare

When I walked the show floor at HIMSS17, the largest healthcare IT conference in our nation, it was immediately apparent that “digital” is leading the transformation of healthcare. More than 1,300 vendors, with foundations rooted in technology, advertised their “connected health” or “digital health” solutions. You name it, and it was on view: analytics, artificial intelligence, cloud, augmented […]

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