Tag Archives: IBM

Paging Dr. Watson…….

As some of you may have already heard, Watson was created by IBM to have human-like cognitive processing abilities.  In short, a computer that can process mass amounts of data and it’s nuances in order to make a decision.  (Remember the Jeopardy episode where two human players played against Watson?)  In healthcare, clinicians face a daunting challenge everyday where they have to take in a lot of data, make quick decisions that could cause harm (or even death to their patients), and do that in increasingly short encounters in hospitals and outpatient settings.  While Watson was pretty cool to watch answering obscure questions about say Russian history, the application in the clinical workflow to aid clinicians could be a game changer.  The VA is in fact doing this by deploying Watson for a “clinical reasoning system”.

What are your thoughts about this?  Is this too much too soon or will this truly help us all in the end?

As 2014 Nears an End, What Do You Think the Top 10 Health IT Stories Were?

As 2015 is nearly upon us, it’s time for us to reflect on the past year and what has occurred throughout the year.  For healthcare, it’s been quite a bit of a ride.  Since I’ve been exclusively on an ICD-10 implementation since 2010, the major story of the year was the delay of the ICD-10 compliance date that was snuck into the SGR bill in March.  I would argue to say that blindsided all of us no matter what side of the provider/payer/vendor fence you are on.

According to Govhealthit.com, here are some of their top health IT stories of 2014 outside of the ICD-10 compliance date delay:

1) Prescriptive instead of predictive analytics

2) ONC 10 year operability roadmap

3) Epic is more interoperable than conventional wisdom allows

4) Apple/IBM partnership

What are your top health IT stories of 2014?