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The Shock of the New: The Paris Art World of 1916—and the U.S. Healthcare Landscape of 2018

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I’m currently absorbed in a very compelling book, Picasso and the Painting That Shocked the World, by Miles J. Unger, and published this year by Simon & Schuster. This book traces the trajectory of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso, as he moved towards creating a painting that shattered all the artistic conventions of the time: “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon,” a cubist rendering of several women in erotic poses, but with a jagged, savage, pseudo-primitivist artistic treatment that sent shockwaves through the European art world. In choosing an implicitly controversial subject, and moving towards a revolutionary treatment, influenced very strongly by exhibits of indigenous African art that he had recently seen, Picasso relished the opportunity to shock the middle classes—as they say in France, épater les bourgeois. But he also faced a complex set of artistic challenges and dilemmas.

As Unger notes, “By taking up [poet Charles] Baudelaire’s challenge, he was setting up a deliberate contrast, proposing an alternate version of modernism that would not simply substitute a cramped naturalism for the tired formulas of the Academy.” This revolutionary painting, Unger writes, “would have all the metaphysical ambition of a Salon set piece while delivering its message in a language that was completely new: iconoclastic rather than conventional; radical rather than conservative; subversive rather than reassuring.”

Working on and off from late 1906 through late summer 1907, the Spanish artist endured self-doubt, recrimination, and stumbles; work on the painting “consumed him for more than eight months, months of unremitting labor, personal hardship, and spiritual anguish,” Unger reports. And then, when it was finally publicly exhibited in Paris in 1916, “Les Demoiselles” caused shock and furor, before it ultimately became one of the touchstone works of the 20th century. As art critic Hilton Kramer wrote in 1992, “Whereas [Pierre] Matisse had drawn upon a long tradition of European painting—from Giorgione, Poussin, and Watteau to Ingres, Cézanne, and Gauguin—to create a modern version of a pastoral paradise… Picasso had turned to an alien tradition of primitive art to create in Les Demoiselles a netherworld of strange gods and violent emotions.”

And while healthcare industry innovations emerge out of a completely different context from modernist paintings, there is something of the “shock of the new” (to reference art critic Robert Hughes) about some of the new partnerships and delivery and payment innovations taking place these days in U.S. healthcare. Even as the leaders of hospitals, medical groups, and health systems evolve forward into newfangled accountable care organizations and other value-based contracts, unprecedented new business combinations like the planned CVS-Aetna merger and the Amazon/Berkshire Hathaway/JP Morgan Chase initiative, as well as forays by technology giants like Google (Alphabet), Apple, and Microsoft, threaten to shatter l ong-held assumptions about how the healthcare industry will be organized and operated.

This year’s “Top Ten Tech Trends” cover story package looks at the emergence of new disruptors to the industry, as well as a host of other issues facing the industry right now, from the sprint forward towards true interoperability, to the need for patient-generated data to support value-based care delivery, to the question of how industry consolidation will impact physicians in practice. As we’ve done for years now, we editors at Healthcare Informatics bring you the bold, the innovative, the shocking, and the speculative, in a stimulating package of articles that will help you consider some of the top trends impacting the entire industry right now.

No cubist paintings here; but, like the art galleries of Paris in the first decade of the 20th century, a chance to peer into the future of our world.

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Survey: Healthcare Orgs Ramping up Investment in AI, Confident about ROI

November 16, 2018
by Heather Landi, Associate Editor
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The majority of health care executives (91 percent) are confident they will see a return on investment (ROI) on artificial intelligence investments, although not immediately, and foresee the greatest impact of AI will be on improving health care, according to an OptumIQ survey.

Most (94 percent) health care leaders responded that their organizations continue to invest in and make progress in implementing AI, with 75 percent of healthcare organizations say they are implementing AI or have plans to execute an AI strategy, based on OptumIQ’s survey of 500 senior U.S. healthcare industry executives, primarily from hospitals clinics and health systems, life sciences organizations, health plans and employers. OptumIQ is the intelligence arm of data and analytics of Optum, an information and technology-enabled health services business that is part of UnitedHealth Group.

While many healthcare organizations have plans, progress is mixed across sectors. Of the 75 percent who are implementing AI or have plans to execute an AI strategy, 42 percent of those organizations have a strategy but have not yet implemented it. Employers are furthest along, with 22 percent reporting their AI implementations are at a late stage, with nearly full deployment.

The average AI implementation is estimated to cost $32.4 million over five years. The majority of respondents (65 percent) do not expect to see a ROI before four years with the average expected period being five years. However, employers (38 percent) and health plans (20 percent) expect ROI sooner, in three years or less, according to the survey.

The survey found that health care leaders universally agree the greatest impact of AI investment will be on improving health care. Thirty-six percent expect AI will improve the patient experience; 33 percent anticipate AI will decrease per-capita cost of care; and 31 percent believe AI will improve health outcomes.

Most health care leaders believe AI can make care more affordable and accessible. Ninety-four percent of respondents agree that AI technology is the most reliable path toward equitable, accessible and affordable health care.

AI will make care more precise and faster, according to respondents. The top two benefits respondents expect to see from incorporating AI into their organizations are more accurate diagnosis and increased efficiency.

The survey found that respondents are looking to AI to solve immediate data challenges – from routine tasks to truly understanding consumers’ health needs. Of those health organizations that are already investing in and implementing AI: 

  • 43 percent are automating business processes, such as administrative operations or customer service;
  • 36 percent are using AI to detect patterns in health care fraud, waste and abuse; and
  • 31 percent are using AI to monitor users with Internet of Things (IoT) devices, such as a wearable technology

With more organizations seeing the benefit of adopting an AI strategy, 92 percent agree that hiring candidates who have experience working with AI technology is a priority for their organization. To meet this need, nearly half (45 percent) of health care leaders estimate that more than 30 percent of new hires will be in positions requiring engagement with or implementation of AI in the next 12 months. However, health organizations seeking to hire experienced staff will likely face talent shortages.

“Artificial intelligence has the potential to transform health care by helping predict disease and putting the right insights into the hands of clinicians as they treat patients, which can reduce the total cost of care,” Eric Murphy, CEO of OptumInsight, said.

“Analytics isn't the end, it's the beginning – it's what you do with the insights to drive care improvement and reduce administrative waste,” Steve Griffiths, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Optum Enterprise Analytics, said. “For AI to successfully solve health care’s biggest challenges, organizations need to employ a unique combination of curated data, analytics and health care expertise... We are already seeing a race for AI talent in the industry that will grow as adoption continues to increase.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Breaking: The 2019 Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards Program is Open

November 15, 2018
by the Editors of Healthcare Informatics
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Providers and vendors can now submit their entries to the Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards Program

The 2019 Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards Program is now open for submissions. As always, it’s a great privilege and pleasure for us to sponsor this program.

And as many readers know, the concept of team-base recognition, which began with the 2009 edition of the program, has encompassed numerous sets of multiple winning teams that our publication has recognized for their achievements across a very broad range of areas.

As it always does, the Healthcare Informatics Innovator Awards Program recognizes leadership teams from patient care organizations—hospitals, physician groups, clinics, integrated health systems, payers, HIEs, ACOs, and other healthcare organizations—that have effectively deployed information technology in order to improve clinical, administrative, financial, or organizational performance.

The Innovators Program, as it has in the last few years, also recognizes vendor solution providers who are asked to describe their core products or services in five categories. We are asking vendors to submit their innovation in one of five critical health IT areas: Data Security; Value-Based Care; Revenue Cycle Management; Data Analytics; and Patient Engagement.

Indeed, again this year, the Innovator Awards program will again include two tracks for innovation recognition—one for healthcare provider organizations and one for technology solution providers.

The submission form link for both tracks is right here. The deadline for submissions is January 4, 2019.

What’s more, the winning teams will be featured in an upcoming issue of Healthcare Informatics, and winning vendor teams will be awarded free digital distribution of whitepapers to all HIT Summit Series attendees.

At Healthcare Informatics, we are honored to be able to showcase these kinds of case studies from both providers and vendors, which we believe embodies the spirit of innovation around adaptive change that will light the way for their colleagues from across the industry.

At a time of extraordinary change in healthcare, now is as great a time as ever to showcase your innovations. Please consider submitting an entry to our program, and good luck in your entry!

--The Editors of Healthcare Informatics

 


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New Blockchain Project Sets to Tackle Provider Credentialing

November 12, 2018
by Rajiv Leventhal, Managing Editor
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A group of five healthcare enterprises—National Government Services, Spectrum Health, WellCare Health Plans, Inc., Accenture, and The Hardenbergh Group—are linking up to participate in a distributed ledger program aimed at resolving administrative inefficiencies related to professional credentialing.

The project, Professional Credentials Exchange, is being developed by ProCredEx and Hashed Health, a blockchain innovation consortium. The exchange leverages “advanced data science, artificial intelligence, and blockchain technologies to greatly simplify the acquisition and verification of information related to professional credentialing and identity,” according to officials.

In an announcement, officials noted that credentialing healthcare professionals “is a universally problematic process for any industry member that delivers or pays for patient care.  The process often requires four to six months to complete and directly impedes the ability for a healthcare professional to deliver care and be reimbursed for their work.”

They added, “Hospitals alone forfeit an average of $7,500 in daily net revenues waiting for credentialing and payer enrollment processes to complete.  Further, nearly every organization required to perform this work does so independently—creating a significant administrative burden for practitioners.”

As such, the groups, via the exchange, will aim to address the time, cost, and complexity associated with these processes by facilitating the secure, trusted exchange of verified credentials information between exchange members.

Included in the collaboration are WellCare Health Plans, which serves about 5.5 million members, and Spectrum Health, a 12-hospital health system in western Michigan. National Government Services is a Medicare contractor for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and processes more than 230 million Medicare claims annually.

"A fundamental component of developing the exchange lays in building a network of members that bring significant verified credential datasets to the marketplace," Anthony Begando, ProCredEx's co-founder and CEO, said in a statement.  "These are the leading participants in a growing group of collaborators who bring data and implementation capabilities to accelerate the deployment and scaling of the exchange."

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