AHA Center for Health Innovation https://www.aha.org/ en Data Pools Get Deeper as AWS, Truveta Help Health Care Mine Insights https://www.aha.org/aha-center-health-innovation-market-scan/2021-07-27-data-pools-get-deeper-aws-truveta-help-health <span class="title">Data Pools Get Deeper as AWS, Truveta Help Health Care Mine Insights</span> <span class="uid"><span>Matthew Diener</span></span> <span class="created">Jul 27, 2021 - 08:42 AM</span> <div class="body"><div class="container"> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-8"> <p><img alt="Data Pools Get Deeper as AWS, Truveta Help Health Care Mine Insights. A visualization of the AWS cloud surrounded by mobile phones, tablets, and laptop computers uploading and downloading data to it." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="78ea108a-a5bc-48fc-8e08-791f3cb4fa6d" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/ms_072721_item1_AWS_Truvetta_620_1969728.jpg" style="width: 100%;" /></p> <p>Buried deep within immense volumes of health care data are clinical insights waiting to be unearthed to improve treatments, cure diseases and better serve communities. Now the race is on to scale data from across many organizations to achieve this goal and to make it easier to search and analyze.</p> <p>Of course, no one is certain precisely what this transformation will look like nor how significant the generated results may be, but activity has been heating up in this sector.</p> <p>Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently made its cloud-based health care data lake, <a href="https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2021/07/amazon-healthlake-generally-available/" target="_blank">AWS HealthLake</a>, available to customers. The solution enables providers, payers and pharmaceutical companies to securely store, transform, query and analyze health data at scale in a single repository.</p> <p>The solution offers a series of connectors that automatically import records from widely used health care applications. Once the data are gathered, algorithms, based on natural language processing, organize the data and make it easier to use, AWS states.</p> <p>Amazon HealthLake also makes it possible to move the combined patient data to other systems for further processing. For this purpose, the data are stored in the industry-standard FHIR (fast healthcare operability resources). The moving process takes place with a separate application programming device that AWS provides in its Amazon product.</p> <h2>Truveta Gets a Boost</h2> <p>Eleswhere, Truveta, the Seattle-based for-profit company launched in February, is rapidly taking shape. It aims to analyze de-identified health data to improve clinical decision-making and help researchers find cures faster.</p> <p>Truveta received a financial boost recently when it closed a <a href="https://truveta.com/newsroom/truveta-grows-to-more-than-15-of-us-patient-care" target="_blank">$95 million Series A funding round</a> and expanded the number of its health system owners from 14 to 17 with the addition of Dallas-based Baylor Scott &amp; White Health, MedStar Health (Columbia, Md.) and Texas Health Resources in Arlington.</p> <p>Truveta, which means truth plus knowledge, and its members represent more than 15% of all care delivered in the U.S. The company plans to use the $95 million to recruit more staff and build the infrastructure and cloud computing resources needed to support clinical data.</p> <p>The new partners will add to the diversity of Truveta’s dataset, bringing in greater Black and Hispanic populations, which will help generate findings that represent a broader sampling across the country.</p> <p>These deeper and more diverse data sets will help not only provider organizations, but also Truveta’s biotech, pharmacy and research customers, answer such key questions as which treatments are more effective, which population groups are most at risk and why.</p> </div> <div class="col-md-4"> <p style="margin-top:30px;"><a href="/center" title="Visit the AHA Center for Health Innovation landing page."><img alt="AHA Center for Health Innovation logo" data-entity-="" data-entity-uuid="7ade6b12-de98-4d0b-965f-a7c99d9463c5" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/logo-aha-innovation-center-color-sm.jpg" style="max-width: 80%;" type="file" class="align-center" /></a></p> <a href="/center/form/innovation-subscription"><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/2019-04/Market_Scan_Call_Out_360x300.png" /></a></div> </div> </div> <style type="text/css"> <!--/*--><![CDATA[/* ><!--*/ <!--/*--><![CDATA[/* ><!--*/ .field_featured_image { position: absolute; overflow: hidden; clip: rect(0 0 0 0); height: 1px; width: 1px; margin: -1px; padding: 0; border: 0; } .featured-image{ position: absolute; overflow: hidden; clip: rect(0 0 0 0); height: 1px; width: 1px; margin: -1px; padding: 0; border: 0; } /*--><!]]]]><![CDATA[>*/ /*--><!]]>*/ </style></div> <div class="field_media_featured_image"><article> <div class="field_media_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2021-07/ms_072721_item1_AWS_Truvetta_620_1969728.jpg" width="620" height="381" alt="Data Pools Get Deeper as AWS, Truveta Help Health Care Mine Insights. A visualization of the AWS cloud surrounded by mobile phones, tablets, and laptop computers uploading and downloading data to it." /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/aha-center-health-innovation" class="topic" hreflang="en">AHA Center for Health Innovation</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/hospital-data" hreflang="en">Hospital Data</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/electronic-health-records-ehrs-meaningful-use" hreflang="en">Electronic Health Records (EHRs) - Meaningful Use</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type"> <div>Type</div> <div><a href="/type/aha-center-health-innovation-market-scan" hreflang="en">AHA Center for Health Innovation Market Scan</a></div> </div> <div class="field_paragraphs_text_with_heade"> <div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-text-with-headers- paragraph--view-mode--default"> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field_search_promotion"> <div>Search Promotion</div> <div>Not Promoted</div> </div> <div class="field_archived"> <div>Archived</div> <div>Off</div> </div> Tue, 27 Jul 2021 13:42:32 +0000 Matthew Diener 678621 at https://www.aha.org Innovation Collaborative Targets Robotic Process Automation https://www.aha.org/aha-center-health-innovation-market-scan/2021-07-27-innovation-collaborative-targets-robotic <span class="title">Innovation Collaborative Targets Robotic Process Automation</span> <span class="uid"><span>Matthew Diener</span></span> <span class="created">Jul 27, 2021 - 06:15 AM</span> <div class="body"><div class="container"> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-8"> <p><img alt="Innovation Collaborative Targets Robotic Process Automation. A human hand in emerging from a shirt cuff and suit jacket shakes hands with a robot hand emerging from a shirt cuff and suit sleeve." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ba6b066e-57d4-4f69-bbe3-e5ce710659f2" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/ms_072721_item2_Robotics_190_1969729_0.jpg" class="align-right" />Rapidly advancing innovation in health care will require stronger partnerships among provider organizations and companies that develop solutions for the field. That’s exactly what the Innovation Institute, a for-profit company owned by six nonprofit health systems, and robotic process-automation company Olive hope will come of their new <a href="https://ii4change.com/innovation-lab-announces-partnership-with-olive-to-maximize-automation-capabilities-for-health-care/" target="_blank">collaborative venture</a>.</p> <p>Under the partnership, the Institute’s innovation incubator will work with Olive to co-develop and commercialize new products using Olive’s automation tool set. The products will be targeted to address problems identified by clinicians, back-office staff and others who work in the Innovation Institute’s network. The institute’s Innovation Lab also will pilot the new products at member health systems.</p> <p>One of the first projects being considered is whether Olive can help scale and add automation to a platform for case managers already launched through the Innovation Lab. About a half-dozen projects are being evaluated, according to a <a href="https://www.modernhealthcare.com/operations/innovation-institute-looks-jumpstart-automation-robotic-processes" target="_blank">Modern Healthcare report</a>.</p> <p>The Innovation Institute began investing in Olive several years ago through the company’s health care venture fund, which invests in early growth-stage startups. The Innovation Lab will provide the clinical and operational expertise while Olive will build the technology required in the co-development process.</p> <p>Given the unique workflow processes at hospitals, the automation tools developed likely will require some customization. The companies will sell co-developed solutions to Olive’s customer base and promote the products to the Innovation Institute’s members.</p> <p>Equity investors in the Innovation Institute will receive a share of the venture’s profits based on their level of investment. The minimum required investment to be part of the Institute is $10 million. Among the Institute’s members are Bon Secours Mercy Health in Cincinnati, Valley Children’s Healthcare in Madera, Calif., and Avera Health, Sioux Falls, S.D. Renton, Wash.-based Providence is an affiliate health system member and pays an annual fee to be a member of the Innovation Lab.</p> </div> <div class="col-md-4"> <p style="margin-top:30px;"><a href="/center" title="Visit the AHA Center for Health Innovation landing page."><img alt="AHA Center for Health Innovation logo" data-entity-="" data-entity-uuid="7ade6b12-de98-4d0b-965f-a7c99d9463c5" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/logo-aha-innovation-center-color-sm.jpg" style="max-width: 80%;" type="file" class="align-center" /></a></p> <a href="/center/form/innovation-subscription"><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/2019-04/Market_Scan_Call_Out_360x300.png" /></a></div> </div> </div> <style type="text/css"> <!--/*--><![CDATA[/* ><!--*/ <!--/*--><![CDATA[/* ><!--*/ .field_featured_image { position: absolute; overflow: hidden; clip: rect(0 0 0 0); height: 1px; width: 1px; margin: -1px; padding: 0; border: 0; } .featured-image{ position: absolute; overflow: hidden; clip: rect(0 0 0 0); height: 1px; width: 1px; margin: -1px; padding: 0; border: 0; } /*--><!]]]]><![CDATA[>*/ /*--><!]]>*/ </style></div> <div class="field_media_featured_image"><article> <div class="field_media_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2021-07/ms_072721_item2_Robotics_190_1969729.jpg" width="190" height="127" alt="Innovation Collaborative Targets Robotic Process Automation. A human hand in emerging from a shirt cuff and suit jacket shakes hands with a robot hand emerging from a shirt cuff and suit sleeve." /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/aha-center-health-innovation" class="topic" hreflang="en">AHA Center for Health Innovation</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/innovationnew-models-care" hreflang="en">Innovation/New Models of Care</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/leveraging-technology" hreflang="en">Leveraging Technology</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type"> <div>Type</div> <div><a href="/type/aha-center-health-innovation-market-scan" hreflang="en">AHA Center for Health Innovation Market Scan</a></div> </div> <div class="field_paragraphs_text_with_heade"> <div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-text-with-headers- paragraph--view-mode--default"> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field_search_promotion"> <div>Search Promotion</div> <div>Not Promoted</div> </div> <div class="field_archived"> <div>Archived</div> <div>Off</div> </div> Tue, 27 Jul 2021 11:15:00 +0000 Matthew Diener 678583 at https://www.aha.org Primary Care Startup Everside Ready to Grow with IPO https://www.aha.org/aha-center-health-innovation-market-scan/2021-07-22-primary-care-startup-everside-ready-grow-ipo <span class="title">Primary Care Startup Everside Ready to Grow with IPO</span> <span class="uid"><span>Matthew Diener</span></span> <span class="created">Jul 27, 2021 - 06:00 AM</span> <div class="body"><div class="container"> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-8"> <p><img alt="Primary Care Startup Everside Ready to Grow with IPO. A mobile phone with the Everside Health app displayed on the screen." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="239a8f69-8aed-4c19-80ad-6d248ff8d020" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/ms_072721_item3_EversideIPO_190_1969730.jpg" style="padding-right: 10px; padding-bottom: 10px;" class="align-left" />Disruption just keeps coming in the primary care sector. Denver-based startup <a href="https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/everside-health-files-registration-statement-for-proposed-initial-public-offering-301335892.html" target="_blank">Everside Health Group</a>, which offers a nationwide in-person and virtual primary care platform, is going public.</p> <p>The company (formerly known as Paladina Health) operates 343 centers across more than 140 markets in 33 states and markets direct-to-employer primary care plans largely to self-insured companies and labor unions. Everside hopes to raise $100 million in its initial public offering.</p> <p>It plans to use the IPO proceeds to build out its technology platform, add more health centers and to forge additional partnerships with hospitals and health systems like the one it executed last year with CommonSpirit Health. That partnership targeted the Las Vegas market with membership-based primary care services delivered in newly built, employer-sponsored virtual, on-site and near-site clinics.</p> <p>Employers pay a fee for each employee, giving workers access to primary care services with no co-pays or out-of-pocket expenses. The plan features 30- to 45-minute visits so physicians can fully understand patients’ needs, same-day or next-day appointments and in-house lab and pharmacy services. The partners plan to scale the offering to other CommonSpirit locations.</p> <p>Everside competes with but is smaller than One Medical, which last year raised about $245 million in its IPO. Everside’s revenues last year totaled more than $113 million, a 40% increase from 2019. It posted a net loss of $2.9 million in 2020 vs. a $19.6 million net loss in 2019.</p> </div> <div class="col-md-4"> <p style="margin-top:30px;"><a href="/center" title="Visit the AHA Center for Health Innovation landing page."><img alt="AHA Center for Health Innovation logo" data-entity-="" data-entity-uuid="7ade6b12-de98-4d0b-965f-a7c99d9463c5" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/logo-aha-innovation-center-color-sm.jpg" style="max-width: 80%;" type="file" class="align-center" /></a></p> <a href="/center/form/innovation-subscription"><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/2019-04/Market_Scan_Call_Out_360x300.png" /></a></div> </div> </div> <style type="text/css"> <!--/*--><![CDATA[/* ><!--*/ <!--/*--><![CDATA[/* ><!--*/ .field_featured_image { position: absolute; overflow: hidden; clip: rect(0 0 0 0); height: 1px; width: 1px; margin: -1px; padding: 0; border: 0; } .featured-image{ position: absolute; overflow: hidden; clip: rect(0 0 0 0); height: 1px; width: 1px; margin: -1px; padding: 0; border: 0; } /*--><!]]]]><![CDATA[>*/ /*--><!]]>*/ </style></div> <div class="field_media_featured_image"><article> <div class="field_media_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2021-07/ms_072721_item3_EversideIPO_190_1969730.jpg" width="190" height="127" alt="Primary Care Startup Everside Ready to Grow with IPO. A mobile phone with the Everside Health app displayed on the screen." /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/aha-center-health-innovation" class="topic" hreflang="en">AHA Center for Health Innovation</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/telehealth" hreflang="en">Telehealth</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/consumerism" hreflang="en">Consumerism</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type"> <div>Type</div> <div><a href="/type/aha-center-health-innovation-market-scan" hreflang="en">AHA Center for Health Innovation Market Scan</a></div> </div> <div class="field_paragraphs_text_with_heade"> <div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-text-with-headers- paragraph--view-mode--default"> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field_search_promotion"> <div>Search Promotion</div> <div>Not Promoted</div> </div> <div class="field_archived"> <div>Archived</div> <div>Off</div> </div> Tue, 27 Jul 2021 11:00:00 +0000 Matthew Diener 678573 at https://www.aha.org Walgreens Begins Executing New Health Care Strategy https://www.aha.org/aha-center-health-innovation-market-scan/2021-07-20-walgreens-begins-executing-new-health-care <span class="title">Walgreens Begins Executing New Health Care Strategy</span> <span class="uid"><span>Matthew Diener</span></span> <span class="created">Jul 20, 2021 - 06:30 AM</span> <div class="body"><div class="container"> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-8"> <p><img alt="Walgreens Begins Executing New Health Care Strategy. The outside of a Walgreens store with a transit map on the wall next to the door." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="35a53a29-1562-48f5-a470-56d274d1d3e2" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/ms_072021_item1_Walgreen_6205_1965822.jpg" style="width: 100%;" /></p> <p>With an influx of cash from the recently completed $6.5 billion sale of its Alliance Healthcare wholesale pharmacy and related businesses, Walgreens Boots Alliance is wasting little time executing its strategy to integrate primary care and retail pharmacy services.</p> <p>The nation’s second-largest retail pharmacy chain behind CVS Health has begun identifying locations for the first of 600 on-site clinics adjacent to its stores in 30 markets that will open in partnership with <a href="https://www.villagemd.com/" target="_blank">VillageMD</a> over the next four years. Houston, El Paso and Austin are among the Texas cities that will be home to 29 <a href="https://news.walgreens.com/press-center/walgreens-and-villagemd-to-open-29-full-service-primary-care-practices-in-texas-this-year.htm" target="_blank">Village Medical at Walgreens</a> practices this year.</p> <p>The moves are part of Walgreens’ commitment announced in January to invest $1 billion in VillageMD, which will provide primary care physicians to the clinics. Walgreens believes having physicians (as opposed to physician assistants or nurse practitioners) staffing its clinics could be a differentiator compared with other retail pharmacy urgent care centers. The investment will give the retailer about a 30% stake in VillageMD.</p> <p>Walgreens also will use some of the sale proceeds to eliminate $3.3 billion in debt from its balance sheet, which will give the retailer more flexibility to invest in its strategic health care and pharmacy priorities, Walgreens Boots Alliance CEO Rosalind Brewer said in a statement.</p> <p>Priority #1 for now is a successful launch of primary care services. Village Medical locations will offer preventive care, treatment for illness and injury, chronic conditions and telehealth services. VillageMD employs or has partnership agreements with 2,800 physicians across 13 markets. The companies also have expanded their model to allow Village Medical patients to access the same type of pharmacy services (e.g., between-visit prescription refills, medication substitutions and comprehensive consultations) from select Walgreens locations that do not have a co-located Village Medical practice.</p> <h2>3 Questions Loom on Walgreens' Primary Care Strategy</h2> <h3>1. Can stores become a health care destination?</h3> <p>Even during the height of the pandemic, Walgreens fared better financially than most retail pharmacies, largely due to stronger sales of nonhealth care consumer products. The question is whether it can get large numbers of consumers to see its locations as a preferred option for primary care.</p> <h3>2. Will the company be able to scale primary care services?</h3> <p>Village Medical practices have the potential to do this, but it remains to be seen whether VillageMD can recruit enough physicians to serve the 600 clinics, and perhaps beyond, that Walgreens wants to establish. Pharmacist-physician coordination also will be a critical success factor.</p> <h3>3. How will tech define Walgreens’ consumer strategy?</h3> <p>In a Q1 earnings call, Brewer alluded to an upcoming “tech-enabled” initiative that will make it easier for consumers to access care. She had previous success implementing technology to improve the consumer experience in her prior role as chief operating officer at Starbucks. However, Walgreens’ digital strategy has yet to be articulated.</p> </div> <div class="col-md-4"> <p style="margin-top:30px;"><a href="/center" title="Visit the AHA Center for Health Innovation landing page."><img alt="AHA Center for Health Innovation logo" data-entity-="" data-entity-uuid="7ade6b12-de98-4d0b-965f-a7c99d9463c5" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/logo-aha-innovation-center-color-sm.jpg" style="max-width: 80%;" type="file" class="align-center" /></a></p> <a href="/center/form/innovation-subscription"><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/2019-04/Market_Scan_Call_Out_360x300.png" /></a></div> </div> </div> <style type="text/css"> <!--/*--><![CDATA[/* ><!--*/ <!--/*--><![CDATA[/* ><!--*/ .field_featured_image { position: absolute; overflow: hidden; clip: rect(0 0 0 0); height: 1px; width: 1px; margin: -1px; padding: 0; border: 0; } .featured-image{ position: absolute; overflow: hidden; clip: rect(0 0 0 0); height: 1px; width: 1px; margin: -1px; padding: 0; border: 0; } /*--><!]]]]><![CDATA[>*/ /*--><!]]>*/ </style></div> <div class="field_media_featured_image"><article> <div class="field_media_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2021-07/ms_072021_item1_Walgreen_6205_1965822.jpg" width="620" height="381" alt="Walgreens Begins Executing New Health Care Strategy. The outside of a Walgreens store with a transit map on the wall next to the door." /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/aha-center-health-innovation" class="topic" hreflang="en">AHA Center for Health Innovation</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/consumerism" hreflang="en">Consumerism</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type"> <div>Type</div> <div><a href="/type/aha-center-health-innovation-market-scan" hreflang="en">AHA Center for Health Innovation Market Scan</a></div> </div> <div class="field_paragraphs_text_with_heade"> <div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-text-with-headers- paragraph--view-mode--default"> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field_search_promotion"> <div>Search Promotion</div> <div>Not Promoted</div> </div> <div class="field_archived"> <div>Archived</div> <div>Off</div> </div> Tue, 20 Jul 2021 11:30:00 +0000 Matthew Diener 678497 at https://www.aha.org A Fresh Perspective on Where Telehealth Growth Will Settle https://www.aha.org/aha-center-health-innovation-market-scan/2021-07-20-fresh-perspective-where-telehealth-growth-will <span class="title">A Fresh Perspective on Where Telehealth Growth Will Settle</span> <span class="uid"><span>Matthew Diener</span></span> <span class="created">Jul 20, 2021 - 06:00 AM</span> <div class="body"><div class="container"> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-8"> <p>You may recall that about a year ago — during the height of the pandemic — McKinsey &amp; Company issued a startling projection that as much as $250 billion of U.S. health care could become virtualized. That seemed like a bold forecast at the time, but will it come true?</p> <p>Much of it already has, according to a recently issued follow-up analysis. The <a href="https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/healthcare-systems-and-services/our-insights/telehealth-a-quarter-trillion-dollar-post-covid-19-reality" target="_blank">new McKinsey report</a> notes that two-thirds of the office visits and outpatient care that they forecasted would be delivered virtually are now being delivered that way.</p> <p><img alt="A snapshot of telehealth trends. 38x: Telehealth utilization has stabilized at levels 38 times higher than before the pandemic. 57% of providers view telehealth more favorably than before COVID-19 and 64% are more comfortable using it. 50%: Telehealth uptake varies by specialty, with the highest penetration in psychiatry. Source: Telehealth: &quot;A quarter-trillion-dollar post-COVID-19 reality?&quot; McKinsey &amp; Company, July 9, 2021." col-md-4="" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6b980ecd-1728-442e-9f16-889cb87622d2" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/ms_072021_item2_McKinsey_charts_6206_1965990.jpg" style="width: 100%; border: black 1px solid;" /></p> <p>Putting the soaring growth in virtual care into perspective, the report notes that overall telehealth use has stabilized at 38 times higher than before COVID-19 hit, ranging from 13% to 17% of visits across all specialties and remaining steady since June 2020. Other highlights from the analysis include:</p> <ul><li>About 40% of consumers said they plan to continue using telehealth, up from 11% before the pandemic.</li> <li>Between 40% and 60% of consumers want a broader set of virtual care solutions, such as a “digital front door” or lower-cost virtual health plan.</li> <li>On the provider side, as of April 2021, 84% of physicians were offering virtual visits and 57% prefer to continue offering these services.</li> <li>Telehealth uptake varies significantly by specialty, with the highest penetration in psychiatry (50%) and substance-use treatment (30%).</li> </ul><p>Despite signs that dramatically higher telehealth levels may be here to stay, there’s room for caution about the future and whether McKinsey’s projection that $250 billion in care could become virtualized. For starters, the future of telehealth reimbursement once the public health emergency ends is not yet clear. And physicians surveyed clearly indicated that they want parity in reimbursement whether care is delivered in person or virtually — 54% said they would not offer virtual care at a 15% discount to in-person care. Likewise, uncertainty remains about the future regulatory environment for telehealth.</p> </div> <div class="col-md-4"> <p style="margin-top:30px;"><a href="/center" title="Visit the AHA Center for Health Innovation landing page."><img alt="AHA Center for Health Innovation logo" data-entity-="" data-entity-uuid="7ade6b12-de98-4d0b-965f-a7c99d9463c5" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/logo-aha-innovation-center-color-sm.jpg" style="max-width: 80%;" type="file" class="align-center" /></a></p> <a href="/center/form/innovation-subscription"><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/2019-04/Market_Scan_Call_Out_360x300.png" /></a></div> </div> </div> <style type="text/css"> <!--/*--><![CDATA[/* ><!--*/ <!--/*--><![CDATA[/* ><!--*/ .field_featured_image { position: absolute; overflow: hidden; clip: rect(0 0 0 0); height: 1px; width: 1px; margin: -1px; padding: 0; border: 0; } .featured-image{ position: absolute; overflow: hidden; clip: rect(0 0 0 0); height: 1px; width: 1px; margin: -1px; padding: 0; border: 0; } /*--><!]]]]><![CDATA[>*/ /*--><!]]>*/ </style></div> <div class="field_media_featured_image"><article> <div class="field_media_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2021-07/ms_072021_item2_McKinsey_charts_6206_1965990.jpg" width="600" height="217" alt="A snapshot of telehealth trends. 38x: Telehealth utilization has stabilized at levels 38 times higher than before the pandemic. 57% of providers view telehealth more favorably than before COVID-19 and 64% are more comfortable using it. 50%: Telehealth uptake varies by specialty, with the highest penetration in psychiatry. Source: Telehealth: &quot;A quarter-trillion-dollar post-COVID-19 reality?&quot; McKinsey &amp; Company, July 9, 2021." /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/aha-center-health-innovation" class="topic" hreflang="en">AHA Center for Health Innovation</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/telehealth" hreflang="en">Telehealth</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/covid-19-telehealth-and-virtual-care" hreflang="en">COVID-19: Telehealth and Virtual Care</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type"> <div>Type</div> <div><a href="/type/aha-center-health-innovation-market-scan" hreflang="en">AHA Center for Health Innovation Market Scan</a></div> </div> <div class="field_paragraphs_text_with_heade"> <div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-text-with-headers- paragraph--view-mode--default"> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field_search_promotion"> <div>Search Promotion</div> <div>Not Promoted</div> </div> <div class="field_archived"> <div>Archived</div> <div>Off</div> </div> Tue, 20 Jul 2021 11:00:00 +0000 Matthew Diener 678495 at https://www.aha.org Digital Transformation’s Next Wave: Creating a Mirrored World https://www.aha.org/aha-center-health-innovation-market-scan/2021-07-13-digital-transformations-next-wave-creating <span class="title">Digital Transformation’s Next Wave: Creating a Mirrored World</span> <span class="uid"><span>Matthew Diener</span></span> <span class="created">Jul 13, 2021 - 06:15 AM</span> <div class="body"><div class="container"> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-8"> <p><img alt="Digital Transformation’s Next Wave: Creating a Mirrored World. Mirror images of two doctors with tablets in their hands facing each other and sharing data in the cloud." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="789cfc62-73ae-46ca-bdb9-83709cec8489" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/ms_071321_item1_Accenture_620%5B1%5D_1959817.jpg" style="width: 100%;" /></p> <p>Whatever lines existed among health care operational, clinical and digital strategies before the pandemic all but disappeared as organizations rapidly transformed at scale.</p> <p>That experience has had a profound impact on the way many health care executives now look at innovation, technology investments, partnerships and workforce productivity. Data from the <a href="https://www.accenture.com/us-en/insights/health/accenture-digital-health-technology-vision-2021" target="_blank">Accenture Digital Health Technology Vision 2021 survey</a> illustrate the shift in thinking, actions and what’s possible going forward.</p> <p>For example, 87% say digital twins are becoming essential to their organization’s ability to collaborate in strategic ecosystem partnerships. A digital twin is a virtual model designed to accurately reflect a physical object. Digital twins use technologies like the internet of things, data streaming, 5G, etc., to gather, visualize and contextualize data from across physical assets, bridging operations and digital capabilities, and opening new partnership opportunities.</p> <h2>Creating Intelligent Digital Twins</h2> <p>On the clinical side, digital twins can model future scenarios, such as surgical simulations, or help with medical education, research and care delivery. Also, they can help to improve business operations through modeling digital representations of facilities and workers while tracking and tracing supplies to match supply and demand.</p> <p><img alt="66% of health care executives expect their investment in intelligent digital twins to increase over the next three years. Source: Accenture Digital Health Technology Vision 2021 report." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="2c38bae9-b962-43b9-9839-2c63baef5645" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/ms_071321_item1_Accenture_quote_390%5B1%5D_1959818.jpg" class="align-right" />This mirrored world can give leaders the power to bring data and intelligence together at unprecedented scale and help to answer big-picture questions critical to an organization’s future success. Digital twins that mimic the heart, for example, can allow clinicians and machines to work together to pre-simulate optimal therapies and avoid unnecessary interventions. On the operational side, advanced technologies can optimize scheduling, identify workflow bottlenecks or help predict which types of patients will enter a facility on a given day.</p> <p>Soon organizations that build intelligent twins will be able to interact and collaborate within mirror environments and be able to share designs, information and insights easily across ecosystems and to virtually test innovations in ways not previously possible.</p> <p>Some organizations already are pursuing twin-enabled visibility with select partners. Oklahoma State University and Ansys, a simulation software developer, have explored using digital twins to more precisely target tumors. By experimenting with digital versions of human lungs and various factors, they found a delivery method that may let physicians increase the accuracy of drug delivery to 90% vs. 20%, common for conventional aerosol methods.</p> <p>This capability won’t come cheaply or easily. Organizations will need a strong and comprehensive data foundation to access insights. At this stage, however, few have invested to ensure that data are generated, captured, managed and reused consistently at scale, Accenture officials note. But for those with the proper discipline, resources and partners going forward, the payoffs could be huge.</p> <h2>3 Ways to Prepare for Health Care’s Mirrored Future</h2> <h3>Audit Data Practices</h3> <p>Evaluate the tools and technologies you use and deconstruct data silos. Digital simulation tools need a healthy data supply to be effective, so look for ways to capture data from the internet of things and build streaming analytics capabilities.</p> <h3>Explore How Digital Twins Can Transform Innovation Processes</h3> <p>Develop key clinical and operational use cases so that digital twins can generate the greatest impact to drive innovation and breakthroughs.</p> <h3>Engage Partners</h3> <p>Design digital twins from the outset with the intent to share them across the ecosystem. Make application-program interfacing a priority and build a short list of potential digital twin-driven partnerships.</p> </div> <div class="col-md-4"> <p style="margin-top:30px;"><a href="/center" title="Visit the AHA Center for Health Innovation landing page."><img alt="AHA Center for Health Innovation logo" data-entity-="" data-entity-uuid="7ade6b12-de98-4d0b-965f-a7c99d9463c5" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/logo-aha-innovation-center-color-sm.jpg" style="max-width: 80%;" type="file" class="align-center" /></a></p> <a href="/center/form/innovation-subscription"><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/2019-04/Market_Scan_Call_Out_360x300.png" /></a></div> </div> </div> <style type="text/css"> <!--/*--><![CDATA[/* ><!--*/ <!--/*--><![CDATA[/* ><!--*/ .field_featured_image { position: absolute; overflow: hidden; clip: rect(0 0 0 0); height: 1px; width: 1px; margin: -1px; padding: 0; border: 0; } .featured-image{ position: absolute; overflow: hidden; clip: rect(0 0 0 0); height: 1px; width: 1px; margin: -1px; padding: 0; border: 0; } /*--><!]]]]><![CDATA[>*/ /*--><!]]>*/ </style></div> <div class="field_media_featured_image"><article> <div class="field_media_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2021-07/ms_071321_item1_Accenture_620%5B1%5D_1959817.jpg" width="620" height="381" alt="Digital Transformation’s Next Wave: Creating a Mirrored World. Mirror images of two doctors with tablets in their hands facing each other and sharing data in the cloud." /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/aha-center-health-innovation" class="topic" hreflang="en">AHA Center for Health Innovation</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/leveraging-technology" hreflang="en">Leveraging Technology</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/virtual-reality-vr" hreflang="en">Virtual Reality (VR)</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/hospital-data" hreflang="en">Hospital Data</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/innovation" hreflang="en">Innovation</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type"> <div>Type</div> <div><a href="/type/aha-center-health-innovation-market-scan" hreflang="en">AHA Center for Health Innovation Market Scan</a></div> </div> <div class="field_paragraphs_text_with_heade"> <div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-text-with-headers- paragraph--view-mode--default"> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field_search_promotion"> <div>Search Promotion</div> <div>Not Promoted</div> </div> <div class="field_archived"> <div>Archived</div> <div>Off</div> </div> Tue, 13 Jul 2021 11:15:00 +0000 Matthew Diener 678378 at https://www.aha.org Ochsner Revs Up National Remote Patient Monitoring Plan https://www.aha.org/aha-center-health-innovation-market-scan/2021-07-13-ochsner-revs-national-remote-patient-monitoring <span class="title">Ochsner Revs Up National Remote Patient Monitoring Plan</span> <span class="uid"><span>Matthew Diener</span></span> <span class="created">Jul 13, 2021 - 06:00 AM</span> <div class="body"><div class="container"> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-8"> <p><img alt="Ochsner Revs Up National Remote Patient Monitoring Plan. A graphic of wearable devices and a mobil phone connected to the cloud, a computer connnect to the cloud, and a physician connected to the cloud. All three are sharing data and community with each other." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8889687e-a1ab-4ae9-8fd7-e5e28046d151" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/ms_071321_item2_Ochsner_190%5B1%5D_1959816.jpg" style="padding-left: 10px; padding-bottom: 10px;" class="align-right" />Remote patient monitoring (RPM) got a huge lift during the pandemic as record numbers of Americans opted for connected care from the safety of their homes, but will this trend continue? <a href="https://www.ochsner.org/digital-medicine" target="_blank">Ochsner Health</a> is betting it will.</p> <p>The Louisiana-based health system is marketing its RPM services nationally to health plans and businesses, charging a monthly member subscription fee, according to a recent <a href="https://mhealthintelligence.com/news/ochsner-health-takes-remote-patient-monitoring-to-a-national-level" target="_blank">mHealth Intelligence report</a>. Ochsner, which began offering RPM services to the communities it serves in 2015, has scaled the platform and now monitors more than 20,000 people in health plans across the country.</p> <p>Ochsner’s strategy is to use the platform to supplement the work of primary care physicians and specialists, collecting data through connected health devices, with data automatically fed into the Epic electronic health records platform. Health and wellness coaching services are added to personalize each patient’s care journey. Providers — often pharmacists — help with medication management to provide an added layer of patient support.</p> <p>The move is significant because RPM is a key component of high-value care delivery that meets people where they are, which is increasingly beyond the walls of hospitals or doctors’ offices. It will also help Ochsner diversify its revenue streams.</p> <p>Julie Henry, Ochsner’s chief operating officer for the system’s digital medicine department, says the program includes management, clinicians, tech support staff, coders and programmers, billing and legal experts who work together to ensure that each program targets the right patients using the proper parameters.</p> <p>The platform, which generated triple-digit growth even before the pandemic, has delivered positive financial results for diabetes and hypertension management, and Ochsner is creating algorithms that would clarify growth opportunities for other conditions. The health system also has been working to demonstrate the RPM program’s value among those with chronic conditions who struggle to pay for their care.</p> <p>Last year, Ochsner partnered with Louisiana’s Medicaid program to subsidize an RPM pilot in select communities. The goal is to use the data gleaned from the pilot to show the state that it should be investing in this type of service.</p> </div> <div class="col-md-4"> <p style="margin-top:30px;"><a href="/center" title="Visit the AHA Center for Health Innovation landing page."><img alt="AHA Center for Health Innovation logo" data-entity-="" data-entity-uuid="7ade6b12-de98-4d0b-965f-a7c99d9463c5" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/logo-aha-innovation-center-color-sm.jpg" style="max-width: 80%;" type="file" class="align-center" /></a></p> <a href="/center/form/innovation-subscription"><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/2019-04/Market_Scan_Call_Out_360x300.png" /></a></div> </div> </div> <style type="text/css"> <!--/*--><![CDATA[/* ><!--*/ <!--/*--><![CDATA[/* ><!--*/ .field_featured_image { position: absolute; overflow: hidden; clip: rect(0 0 0 0); height: 1px; width: 1px; margin: -1px; padding: 0; border: 0; } .featured-image{ position: absolute; overflow: hidden; clip: rect(0 0 0 0); height: 1px; width: 1px; margin: -1px; padding: 0; border: 0; } /*--><!]]]]><![CDATA[>*/ /*--><!]]>*/ </style></div> <div class="field_media_featured_image"><article> <div class="field_media_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2021-07/ms_071321_item2_Ochsner_190%5B1%5D_1959816.jpg" width="190" height="127" alt="Ochsner Revs Up National Remote Patient Monitoring Plan. A graphic of wearable devices and a mobil phone connected to the cloud, a computer connnect to the cloud, and a physician connected to the cloud. All three are sharing data and community with each other." /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/aha-center-health-innovation" class="topic" hreflang="en">AHA Center for Health Innovation</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/telehealth" hreflang="en">Telehealth</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/wearables" hreflang="en">Wearables</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/electronic-health-records-ehrs-meaningful-use" hreflang="en">Electronic Health Records (EHRs) - Meaningful Use</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/hospital-data" hreflang="en">Hospital Data</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type"> <div>Type</div> <div><a href="/type/aha-center-health-innovation-market-scan" hreflang="en">AHA Center for Health Innovation Market Scan</a></div> </div> <div class="field_paragraphs_text_with_heade"> <div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-text-with-headers- paragraph--view-mode--default"> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field_search_promotion"> <div>Search Promotion</div> <div>Not Promoted</div> </div> <div class="field_archived"> <div>Archived</div> <div>Off</div> </div> Tue, 13 Jul 2021 11:00:00 +0000 Matthew Diener 678377 at https://www.aha.org Will AI Be the Next Frontier in Behavioral Health? https://www.aha.org/aha-center-health-innovation-market-scan/2021-07-06-will-ai-be-next-frontier-behavioral-health <span class="title">Will AI Be the Next Frontier in Behavioral Health?</span> <span class="uid"><span>Matthew Diener</span></span> <span class="created">Jul 06, 2021 - 11:15 AM</span> <div class="body"><div class="container"> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-8"> <p><img alt="Will AI Be the Next Frontier in Behavioral Health? A profile of a human head with a 3D brain sitting on a mobile phone." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="701329d8-1705-45ad-9198-a8139bfb059d" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/ms_070621_item1_AI_BehavioralHealth_620%5B4%5D_1954500.jpg" style="width: 100%;" /></p> <p>In 2017, researchers from the <a href="https://www.pnas.org/content/115/44/11203" target="_blank">World Well-Being Project</a> conducted a study of 1,200 Facebook users to determine if they could create better screening and diagnostic tools for depression by examining users’ social media posts.</p> <p>A social media algorithm was used to analyze data from more than 500,000 posts from consenting users and picked out linguistic cues (e.g., words related to depressed moods, loneliness, hostility, etc.) that might predict depression. The study found that linguistic markers could predict depression with “significant” accuracy up to three months before a person receives a formal diagnosis.</p> <p>Today other researchers are expanding their focus to assess the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in psychiatry and therapy to include facial recognition, text analysis software and other tools. The aim is to supplement clinicians’ efforts to spot mental illnesses earlier and improve treatments for patients. But, as with many issues involving AI, researchers have questions about its effectiveness and remain wary of potential bias in detecting conditions and other ethical issues.</p> <h2>A New Frontier in Detection</h2> <p>Daniel Barron, M.D., a Seattle psychiatrist and author of a new book <a href="https://globalreports.columbia.edu/books/reading-our-minds/" target="_blank">“Reading Our Minds: The Rise of Big Data Psychiatry,”</a> believes having access to quantitative data about conversations, facial expressions and intonations and other data would provide another dimension to clinical interaction.</p> <p><img alt="If proven effective, AI behavioral health tools could aid in earlier diagnosis, some experts believe." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="0db33439-ebc5-4c4e-8eac-7e8847178103" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/ms_070621_item1_AI_BehavioralHealth_quote_390%5B3%5D_1954499.jpg" class="align-left" />Technology in development could prove useful, Barron maintains in a recent <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jun/04/therapy-session-artificial-intelligence-doctors-automated" target="_blank">report in The Guardian</a>. Algorithms, he says, could be used to help spot when a person’s facial expressions subtly change over time or whether they’re speaking much faster or slower, which might indicate signs of being manic or depressed.</p> <p>These technologies could help doctors identify these signs earlier than they otherwise would, Barron notes, because software would gather and organize the data. Between exams, a doctor could review the data, focusing on a clip of a recording flagged by the algorithm. Other information from the doctor’s records could be included as well. Additionally, data from apps, audio and personal wellness or fitness devices could be used in the clinician’s work to employ the most effective treatment.</p> <p>Of course, the technologies used to evaluate patients still need to be proven effective, and many questions remain about potential bias and ethical issues. Johannes Eichstaedt, Ph.D., a psychologist at Stanford University, has worked with AI detection-screening systems and gave them a C grade for accuracy in his comments to The Guardian.</p> <h2>3 Takeaways on AI Use in Behavioral Health</h2> <h3>1. AI Data Diagnostic Value Remains in Question</h3> <p>Algorithms can track a sequence of facial expressions or words, but those are only clues to a person’s inner state. The data may help doctors recognize symptoms, but they can’t reveal what’s causing them.</p> <h3>2. AI Effectiveness Needs to Be Measured More Closely</h3> <p>AI can serve as a screening and early-warning system, Eichstaedt says, but as of now it can’t beat traditional patient survey methods.</p> <h3>3. Bias Needs to Be Addressed</h3> <p>If AI systems can be made more effective, researchers will have to pay close attention to unintended biases in the data the technology produces. When training AI programs, they are fed huge databases of personal information so they can learn to discern patterns. In this process, white people, men, higher-income earners and younger people often are overrepresented, researchers note.</p> </div> <div class="col-md-4"> <p style="margin-top:30px;"><a href="/center" title="Visit the AHA Center for Health Innovation landing page."><img alt="AHA Center for Health Innovation logo" data-entity-="" data-entity-uuid="7ade6b12-de98-4d0b-965f-a7c99d9463c5" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/logo-aha-innovation-center-color-sm.jpg" style="max-width: 80%;" type="file" class="align-center" /></a></p> <a href="/center/form/innovation-subscription"><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/2019-04/Market_Scan_Call_Out_360x300.png" /></a></div> </div> </div> <style type="text/css"> <!--/*--><![CDATA[/* ><!--*/ <!--/*--><![CDATA[/* ><!--*/ .field_featured_image { position: absolute; overflow: hidden; clip: rect(0 0 0 0); height: 1px; width: 1px; margin: -1px; padding: 0; border: 0; } .featured-image{ position: absolute; overflow: hidden; clip: rect(0 0 0 0); height: 1px; width: 1px; margin: -1px; padding: 0; border: 0; } /*--><!]]]]><![CDATA[>*/ /*--><!]]>*/ </style></div> <div class="field_media_featured_image"><article> <div class="field_media_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2021-07/ms_070621_item1_AI_BehavioralHealth_620%5B4%5D_1954500.jpg" width="620" height="381" alt="Will AI Be the Next Frontier in Behavioral Health? A profile of a human head with a 3D brain sitting on a mobile phone." /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/aha-center-health-innovation" class="topic" hreflang="en">AHA Center for Health Innovation</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/artificial-intelligence-ai" hreflang="en">Artificial Intelligence (AI)</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/behavioral-health-care-delivery" hreflang="en">Behavioral Health Care Delivery</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/behavioral-health-intervention-issues-prevention" hreflang="en">Behavioral Health Intervention &amp; Issues Prevention</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type"> <div>Type</div> <div><a href="/type/aha-center-health-innovation-market-scan" hreflang="en">AHA Center for Health Innovation Market Scan</a></div> </div> <div class="field_paragraphs_text_with_heade"> <div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-text-with-headers- paragraph--view-mode--default"> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field_search_promotion"> <div>Search Promotion</div> <div>Not Promoted</div> </div> <div class="field_archived"> <div>Archived</div> <div>Off</div> </div> Tue, 06 Jul 2021 16:15:46 +0000 Matthew Diener 678284 at https://www.aha.org Walmart Is Rolling Back Prices . . . This Time on Insulin https://www.aha.org/aha-center-health-innovation-market-scan/2021-07-06-walmart-rolling-back-prices-time-insulin <span class="title">Walmart Is Rolling Back Prices . . . This Time on Insulin</span> <span class="uid"><span>Matthew Diener</span></span> <span class="created">Jul 06, 2021 - 10:53 AM</span> <div class="body"><div class="container"> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-8"> <p><img alt="Walmart Is Rolling Back Prices . . . This Time on Insulin. A box and vile of NovoLog insulin." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="27a4b47f-72e9-48c5-9b7d-5e76e23a6f01" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/ms_070621_item2_Walmart_190%5B3%5D_1954498.jpg" style="padding-left: 10px; padding-bottom: 10px;" class="align-right" />As patients and politicians continue searching for remedies to soaring insulin prices for diabetes patients, <a href="https://corporate.walmart.com/newsroom/2021/06/29/walmart-revolutionizes-insulin-access-affordability-for-patients-with-diabetes-with-the-launch-of-the-first-and-only-private-brand-analog-insulin" target="_blank">Walmart recently launched the first private-label version of the drug</a> at less than half the price of brand-name versions.</p> <p>Walmart pharmacies have begun filling prescriptions for its ReliOn NovoLog brand of insulin in vials and injector pens. The drug, made by Novo Nordisk, will be available in Sam’s Club wholesale stores midmonth.</p> <p>Vials will retail for about $73 and injector pens for $86 — saving consumers between 58% and 75% on similar products from manufacturers like Eli Lily and Sanofi, whose sales figures for the drugs have ballooned due to rising prices in recent years.</p> <p>The move is yet another example of expanding Walmart’s “everyday low pricing” strategy to its health care products and services. The retailer had already been selling a $25 version of insulin, but it is an older formulation that some doctors and advocates argue is not as effective in managing blood sugars as newer versions, known as analogs.</p> <p>Intervening to reduce drug prices is also part of Walmart’s larger disruption strategy in health care. The company has made major investments recently to provide virtual care services throughout the country, including urgent care, behavioral health and primary care. As part of those efforts, Walmart has agreed to buy telehealth provider <a href="/aha-center-health-innovation-market-scan/2021-05-18-walmart-expands-virtual-care-footprint">MeMD</a>.</p> <p>Nearly 11% of the U.S. population has diabetes, according to the <a href="https://www.diabetes.org/resources/statistics/statistics-about-diabetes" target="_blank">American Diabetes Association</a>, and Walmart officials say about 14% of their customers have the disease. The annual cost of insulin for those with type 1 diabetes in the U.S. has soared from $2,900 in 2012 to $5,700 in 2016, according to the most recent data from the Health Care Cost Institute.</p> <p>That kind of data led politicians to grill insulin manufacturers about the pricing of the drugs and, while manufacturers responded with temporary price relief, no long-term solution surfaced until now. Brand names have faced increasing competition from generic biosimilars in Europe, <a href="https://www.barrons.com/articles/now-on-sale-at-walmart-insulin-thats-cheaper-than-brands-from-lilly-sanofi-or-novo-nordisk-51624986367" target="_blank">Barron’s magazine reports</a>, so the three industry leaders sped up their work on new treatments along with extending their metabolic know-how into drugs against obesity, a disease that increases the chance of developing diabetes.</p> </div> <div class="col-md-4"> <p style="margin-top:30px;"><a href="/center" title="Visit the AHA Center for Health Innovation landing page."><img alt="AHA Center for Health Innovation logo" data-entity-="" data-entity-uuid="7ade6b12-de98-4d0b-965f-a7c99d9463c5" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/logo-aha-innovation-center-color-sm.jpg" style="max-width: 80%;" type="file" class="align-center" /></a></p> <a href="/center/form/innovation-subscription"><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/2019-04/Market_Scan_Call_Out_360x300.png" /></a></div> </div> </div> <style type="text/css"> <!--/*--><![CDATA[/* ><!--*/ <!--/*--><![CDATA[/* ><!--*/ .field_featured_image { position: absolute; overflow: hidden; clip: rect(0 0 0 0); height: 1px; width: 1px; margin: -1px; padding: 0; border: 0; } .featured-image{ position: absolute; overflow: hidden; clip: rect(0 0 0 0); height: 1px; width: 1px; margin: -1px; padding: 0; border: 0; } /*--><!]]]]><![CDATA[>*/ /*--><!]]>*/ </style></div> <div class="field_media_featured_image"><article> <div class="field_media_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2021-07/ms_070621_item2_Walmart_190%5B3%5D_1954498.jpg" width="190" height="127" alt="Walmart Is Rolling Back Prices . . . This Time on Insulin. A box and vile of NovoLog insulin." /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/aha-center-health-innovation" class="topic" hreflang="en">AHA Center for Health Innovation</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/drug-prices" hreflang="en">Drug Prices</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/consumerism" hreflang="en">Consumerism</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type"> <div>Type</div> <div><a href="/type/aha-center-health-innovation-market-scan" hreflang="en">AHA Center for Health Innovation Market Scan</a></div> </div> <div class="field_paragraphs_text_with_heade"> <div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-text-with-headers- paragraph--view-mode--default"> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field_search_promotion"> <div>Search Promotion</div> <div>Not Promoted</div> </div> <div class="field_archived"> <div>Archived</div> <div>Off</div> </div> Tue, 06 Jul 2021 15:53:51 +0000 Matthew Diener 678283 at https://www.aha.org Building a Better Data Connection: Will Big Tech’s Investments Pay Off? https://www.aha.org/aha-center-health-innovation-market-scan/2021-06-29-building-better-data-connection-will-big-techs <span class="title">Building a Better Data Connection: Will Big Tech’s Investments Pay Off?</span> <span class="uid"><span>Matthew Diener</span></span> <span class="created">Jun 29, 2021 - 09:19 AM</span> <div class="body"><div class="container"> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-8"> <p><img alt="Building a Better Data Connection: Will Big Tech’s Investments Pay Off? Google and Windows logos." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="183284e8-d10f-4765-9b1d-c4b5db73a313" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/ms_062921_item1_Google_Microsoft_620%5B1%5D_1949007.jpg" style="width: 100%;" /></p> <p>Big tech firms Microsoft and Google have been making significant changes to their health care strategies lately with an eye toward easing the burdens of clinicians and supporting their decision-making.</p> <p>The moves signal that the companies are less likely to try to disrupt traditional provider models and instead will focus on addressing long-standing challenges to seamlessly connecting data, care teams and patients and also to improve coordination between virtual and physical care.</p> <h2>Microsoft Goes All in on AI</h2> <p>Microsoft declared that it was going all in on health care in April when it paid nearly $20 billion to acquire cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) software developer <a href="https://news.microsoft.com/2021/04/12/microsoft-accelerates-industry-cloud-strategy-for-healthcare-with-the-acquisition-of-nuance/" target="_blank">Nuance Communications</a>. This deal should provide Microsoft with a wealth of data to feed its underlying machine learning (ML) models and make them more accurate, analysts note.</p> <p><img alt="Connecting Care Teams, Data, patients." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6f8d609e-00b0-4b1d-b7c1-60d72011ca00" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/ms_062921_item1_Google_Microsoft_quote_390%5B1%5D_1949011.jpg" class="align-right" />Elsewhere, the company’s launch late last year of its Cloud for Healthcare has several telehealth offerings. The Bookings app in Microsoft’s Teams virtual conferencing platform can be used by clinicians to schedule, manage and perform telehealth consultations. The company’s Healthcare Bot, meanwhile, can help triage patients and connect them to human operators who can arrange medical appointments.</p> <p>Microsoft also is working intensely on developing internet-of-things (IoT) connectors to help care teams ingest all the patient monitoring data that exist in a hospital. Released in a preview form last year, Microsoft’s Azure IoT Connector for Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources supports the use of medical IoT devices with Cloud for Healthcare. These devices monitor patients with long-term medical conditions and pass the information to each patient’s health care team to review, providing a clearer picture of how an individual’s condition is being managed outside a hospital or doctor’s office.</p> <h2>How Google Health Is Transforming</h2> <p>Google Health also is repositioning its resources to make it easier for providers to obtain a more complete, streamlined picture of patient data.</p> <p>The company plans to reassign 130 of its 700 staffers to other parts of the company, shifting away from consumer-facing offerings to focus on clinical and regulatory work. The pared-down group has been reorganized into three units, according to Business Insider, which based its report on an email obtained from Google Health’s head David Feinberg, M.D.</p> <p>One unit will focus on clinical work and developing Google Health’s core product Care Studio, software that brings together multiple electronic health records to give clinicians a centralized view of patient data and the ability to search across records. Ascension already has launched a <a href="https://www.ascension.org/News/News-Articles/2021/02/22/21/08/Improve-Patients-Lives-Caregivers-Experience" target="_blank">pilot with Care Studio</a>.</p> <p>A second Google Health team will focus on AI, building new tools to improve medical imaging and genomic analysis. The third team will overlap with clinical teams from Fitbit, which Google acquired, and Google Fit divisions to manage regulatory, clinical and equity issues related to its wearable devices and other consumer products.</p> <h2>3 Questions on Big Tech’s Strategy Shifts</h2> <h3>Sure, there will be more data, but will it provide greater intelligence?</h3> <p>Microsoft, in particular, should have loads more health data to feed its ML models. This should provide more accurate, actionable intelligence for providers, but that remains to be seen.</p> <h3>Will the public and providers trust the path forward?</h3> <p>Microsoft’s Nuance acquisition and plans to use its Teams platform as a meeting tool to connect patients and providers will be as successful as the approach it takes to build trust in both communities.</p> <h3>Can they deliver secure long-term solutions?</h3> <p>Clearly Microsoft and Google are deepening their commitments to the health care ecosystem. The challenge now will be to build new provider partnerships and expand on existing ones, and to deliver on data privacy, security and compliance.</p> </div> <div class="col-md-4"> <p style="margin-top:30px;"><a href="/center" title="Visit the AHA Center for Health Innovation landing page."><img alt="AHA Center for Health Innovation logo" data-entity-="" data-entity-uuid="7ade6b12-de98-4d0b-965f-a7c99d9463c5" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/logo-aha-innovation-center-color-sm.jpg" style="max-width: 80%;" type="file" class="align-center" /></a></p> <a href="/center/form/innovation-subscription"><img alt="" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/2019-04/Market_Scan_Call_Out_360x300.png" /></a></div> </div> </div> <style type="text/css"> <!--/*--><![CDATA[/* ><!--*/ <!--/*--><![CDATA[/* ><!--*/ .field_featured_image { position: absolute; overflow: hidden; clip: rect(0 0 0 0); height: 1px; width: 1px; margin: -1px; padding: 0; border: 0; } .featured-image{ position: absolute; overflow: hidden; clip: rect(0 0 0 0); height: 1px; width: 1px; margin: -1px; padding: 0; border: 0; } /*--><!]]]]><![CDATA[>*/ /*--><!]]>*/ </style></div> <div class="field_media_featured_image"><article> <div class="field_media_image"> <img src="/sites/default/files/2021-06/ms_062921_item1_Google_Microsoft_620%5B1%5D_1949007.jpg" width="620" height="381" alt="Building a Better Data Connection: Will Big Tech’s Investments Pay Off? Google and Windows logos." /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field_topics"> <div><a href="/topics/aha-center-health-innovation" class="topic" hreflang="en">AHA Center for Health Innovation</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/artificial-intelligence-ai" hreflang="en">Artificial Intelligence (AI)</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/data-insights" hreflang="en">Data &amp; Insights</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/hospital-data" hreflang="en">Hospital Data</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/electronic-health-records-ehrs-meaningful-use" hreflang="en">Electronic Health Records (EHRs) - Meaningful Use</a></div> <div><a href="/topics/wearables" hreflang="en">Wearables</a></div> </div> <div class="field_type"> <div>Type</div> <div><a href="/type/aha-center-health-innovation-market-scan" hreflang="en">AHA Center for Health Innovation Market Scan</a></div> </div> <div class="field_paragraphs_text_with_heade"> <div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--paragraphs-text-with-headers- paragraph--view-mode--default"> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field_search_promotion"> <div>Search Promotion</div> <div>Not Promoted</div> </div> <div class="field_archived"> <div>Archived</div> <div>Off</div> </div> Tue, 29 Jun 2021 14:19:27 +0000 Matthew Diener 678183 at https://www.aha.org