healthcare en Google Wants to Mine Healthcare Data, Claims It Could Save 100,000 Lives in 2015 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/google_1.jpg" alt="Google" title="Google" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Data mining fears are costing lives, Google's Larry Page says</h3> <p>Google faces an uphill battle if mining healthcare data is on its agenda. There's already a perception out there that Google knows too much, and when you delve into the highly personal sector of healthcare, it's hard to imagine there being much public support. However,<strong> Google's Larry Page says that his company could save as many as 100,000 lives next year by mining healthcare data</strong>. If true, might that change your mind?</p> <p>"For me, I’m so excited about the possibilities to improve things for people, my worry would be the opposite," <a href=";_r=4&amp;assetType=nyt_now" target="_blank">Page told <em>The New York Times</em>.</a> "We get so worried about these things that we don’t get the benefits."</p> <p>Page laments that regulations make collecting and analyzing healthcare data such a difficult process, even when the data is analyzed anonymously.</p> <p>"Right now we don't data mine healthcare data. If we did we'd probably save 100,000 lives next year," Page added.</p> <p>Page's comments came after Google's opening keynote for its I/O developers conference. The Mountain View firm announced a series of products, services, and initiatives, most of which revolved around Android. Google also used the opportunity to introduce Google Fit, a fitness and health tracking platform that will implement sensors on wearable devices.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> data mining Google healthcare Privacy News Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:42:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 28084 at IBM's Watson Gets A Job <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u138055/watson.jpg" width="228" height="228" style="float: right;" />Beating the pants off of the best humanity has to offer and having Alex Trebeck smarmily inform you “That’s ‘The <em>pen is</em> mightier, Watson,’” is a great way to kick off your sentience, but life’s not all fun and games – even if you’re a <em>Jeopardy</em>-conquering robot. IBM’s finally told Watson to get off its lazy ass and find a job, and it (He?) did. Starting next year, Watson will be suggesting “treatment options and diagnoses” to doctors working with Wellpoint health insurance. Move over, Sherlock; there’s a new Doctor Watson in town.<br /><a href=""><br />The Wall Street Journal reports</a> that IBM and Wellpoint are set to announce the deal today, although the terms of the arrangement will not be disclosed. Steven Mills, an IBM senior VP, told the WSJ that the payments “"involve some up front and some over time” and hinted that those payments would grow the longer Wellpoint employed Watson’s services. This is the first time Watson’s being used in a commercial role rather than a research role.</p> <p>Wellpoint hopes that leveraging Watson’s awesome computing power can lead to improvements in the quality of care provided to patients, which in turn would lead to lower costs for the company. Watson’s first taste of action should come early in 2012, when Wellpoint nurses will be able to turn to him for assistance with complex cases and doctor treatment requests. Wellpoint plans on expanding Waton's role to other services after that.</p> Hardware healthcare ibm medical news treatment Watson News Mon, 12 Sep 2011 17:19:20 +0000 Brad Chacos 20267 at GE, Intel Form New Healthcare Company <!--paging_filter--><p>GE and Intel have announced that they've entered into a definitive agreement to <a href="">form a 50/50 joint venture</a> to create a new healthcare company focused on telehealth and independent living.</p> <p>The joint venture will combine assets of GE Healthcare's Home Health division with Intel's Digital Health Group, with both companies owning an equal share. Once formed, the new company will focus on developing and marketing products, services, and technologies focused on healthy, independent living at home and in assisted living communities around the globe.</p> <p>"New models of care delivery are required to address some of the largest issues facing society today, including our aging population, increasing healthcare costs and a large number of people living with chronic conditions," said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini. "We must rethink models of care that go beyond hospital and clinic visits, to home and community-based care models that allow for prevention, early detection, behavior change and social support. The creation of this new company is aimed at accelerating just that."</p> <p>Pending regulatory and otehr customary closing conditions, the two sides hope to have the joint venture completed by the end of the year.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u69/intel_ge.jpg" alt="" width="405" height="249" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: xx-small;">Image Credit: Intel</span></p> GE healthcare intel IT News Maximum IT Wed, 04 Aug 2010 14:14:28 +0000 Paul Lilly 13802 at IBM to Invest $100 Million in Healthcare Technology <!--paging_filter--><p>IBM on Thursday <a href="">said </a>its going to throw millions -- as in, $100 million -- into a new research initiative that will have IBM collaborating with clinicians to develop new technologies, scientific advancements, and businesses processes for healthcare and insurance providers.</p> <p>&quot;Improving the quality of healthcare requires more than just digitizing health data,&quot; said Chalapathy Neti, Global Lead, Healthcare Transformation at IBM Research. &quot;In fact the proliferation of diagnostics technology has in many ways added another layer of complexity, making it more difficult to gain valuable insights for patient care. Enabling greater coordination between care providers and transforming data into clinical decision intelligence could improve patient outcomes and help lower costs of healthcare today.&quot;</p> <p>The money will be doled out over the next three years with a focus on three main areas. These will include evidence generation, streamlining the healthcare delivery process to improve service quality, and new incentives and models to reward patient outcomes rather than only treatment and volume of care. </p> <p align="center"><img src="/files/u69/IBM_Medical.jpg" width="413" height="188" /> </p> business healthcare ibm Invest investment IT News technology Maximum IT Fri, 16 Jul 2010 12:05:22 +0000 Paul Lilly 13527 at Iron Mountain Tweaks Cloud Storage for Medical Information <!--paging_filter--><p>Data storage isn't as simple as it once used to be, and a result, we're seeing companies custom tailor their storage products for specific sectors, most notably healthcare. And that's exactly what Iron Mountain has done, which on Monday announced an enhanced version of its Digital Record Center for Medical Images, a cloud storage service for performing backups and archiving digital medical info.</p> <p>&quot;Today, healthcare organizations face the challenges of managing explosive data growth while ensuring access and control over information that originates in different silos but is needed across their organizations,&quot; Iron Mountain said. &quot;Tighter federal and industry regulations, along with shrinking IT budgets, have led healthcare organizations to re-evaluate how they store, access and protect their critical patient data, while preparing for the transition to electronic health record systems.&quot;</p> <p>Iron Mountain went on to say that its Digital Record Center for Medical Images addresses those needs by providing a single cloud storage service for backups and archives. Features include a pay-as-you-go model, as well as a hybrid onsite and offsite storage model. </p> <p align="center"><img src="/files/u69/Medical_Image.jpg" width="405" height="150" /> </p> <p><span style="font-size: xx-small">Image Credit: Iron Mountain </span></p> cloud healthcare iron mountain IT News medical storage Maximum IT Wed, 03 Mar 2010 13:40:33 +0000 Paul Lilly 11209 at Hawaii's Online Health Care Service Launches <!--paging_filter--><p>Hawaii residents can now <a href=";subj=news&amp;tag=2547-1_3-0-20">visit their physician</a> without ever leaving their home. It's not that house calls are making a comeback, but the 50th state becomes the first one to offer online physician visits. Available 24/7, ailing patients and hypochondriacs alike can spend one-on-one time with a doctor over IE7 or Firefox 2 and above, and even load up a webcam to show exactly what that nasty infection looks like.</p> <p>Hawaiians insured through HMSA (Hawaii Medical Service Association, the state's largest insurer) are charged a flat $10 fee for a 10 minute online visit, while non-members pay $45. In return, doctors are instructed to apply the same standards of care and to address only issues that can adequately be handled over the phone or web. Prescriptions can also be written, if there's a definitive diagnosis during the 10-minute visit. But while this new practice will cut down the number of people cluttering emergency rooms, proponents warn that it's not a replacement for real emergencies.</p> <p>&quot;I don't think this situation can completely replace one-on-one doctor's visits,&quot; said Michelle Shimizu, a family practice doctor who has been helping test the system. &quot;It's an adjunct to that.&quot;</p> <p>For the most part, doctors receive $25 for each session, an amount which &quot;has been received tremendously,&quot; according to HMSA marketing VP Michael Stollar. </p> <p>Would you feel comfortable visiting your doctor online? Hit the jump and post your thoughts. </p> <p align="center"><img src="/files/u69/Online_Health.png" width="415" height="284" /></p> <p><span style="font-size: xx-small">Image Credit: American Well via CNet </span></p> browser doctor firefox healthcare IE Internet Explorer online webcam News Fri, 16 Jan 2009 15:18:48 +0000 Paul Lilly 4923 at