A Manager’s Guide to Making Machine Learning Work in the Real World

There’s plenty of coverage on what machine learning may do for healthcare and when. Painfully little has been written for non-technical healthcare leaders whose job it is to successfully execute in the real world with real returns. It’s time to address that gap for two reasons. First, if you are responsible for improving care, operations, and / or the bottom

By | August 1st, 2018|Analytics, Machine Learning, Real World Applications|

Why IBM’s Layoffs Are Bad for Your Health

  IBM sort of seemed like they were asking for it. From their claims to revolutionize cancer care in two years to their multi-billion $ growth projections, they worked real hard to project as healthcare's knight in shining armor. Of course, those inside of healthcare have seen many such knights burned to a crisp by the healthcare dragon -

By | June 19th, 2018|Analytics, Machine Learning|

Where Will AI Increase & Decrease Costs in Healthcare?

I asked LinkedIn friends to submit their questions related to AI in healthcare in preparation for an upcoming keynote at this year's HIMSS in Vegas. I promised to try to answer the questions they submitted. This one is courtesy of my friend, the great Aman Bhandari and it garnered the most "likes." Here's his question: "I have asked for this several times and haven't

Thoughts on JAMA’s “Adapting to Artificial Intelligence” by Jha and Topol

When journalists write about the disruptive power of artificial intelligence in healthcare they tend to zero in on radiology and pathology and for good reason. Both trades involve the interpretation of patterns from quantifiable image data - a thing that AI has proven highly capable of in several studies and commercial applications from facial recognition to the classification of hotdogs.

By | November 22nd, 2017|Analytics, Machine Learning|

7 Ways We’re Screwing Up AI in Healthcare

The healthcare AI space is frothy.  Billions in venture capital are flowing, nearly every writer on the healthcare beat has at least an article or two on the topic, and there isn’t a medical conference that doesn’t at least have a panel if not a dedicated day to discuss. The promise and potential is very real.And yet, we seem to

Rethinking How to Measure “Risk” in Healthcare

A more technical post for those evaluating risk scores for care management, coupled with a real-world example. As healthcare organizations move toward taking on greater financial risk for keeping people healthy, it is critical for organizations to match people to the interventions they’re most likely to benefit from. This has traditionally been done by applying risk scores that are based on

By | September 5th, 2017|Analytics, Real World Applications|

Risk Scores in Clinical Care- You’re Not From Around Here Are You?

These days, every care management / value-based care organization has a risk score to help target interventions. Unfortunately, these risk scores often frustrate clinicians by directing them to people who cannot benefit from an intervention – either the person is not actually headed for trouble, or the clinician already knew about that person. Why is that? It turns out most

By | August 28th, 2017|Analytics|

The Dangers of Claims Based on Claims

Healthcare is notorious for its lack of consistent and widely adopted data formats. The one consistent exception is the billing information exchanged between payors and providers. These files are often referred to as “claims.” Because of their ubiquity, many of today’s analytical approaches - from epidemiology to public health, actuarial sciences, business intelligence, and risk scores - rely heavily,

By | August 21st, 2017|Analytics, Real World Applications|

What Data Scientists Need to Learn to Work in Healthcare

Data scientists like Sid Henriksen, a Ph.D. student nearing graduation, often ask me how they can succeed in healthcare. With Sid's permission, here are a few questions and insights for aspiring healthcare data scientists. How applicable is generic data science in healthcare? The core data science skillset of machine learning, data visualization, and statistics is the foundation of working with all data, healthcare

By | June 23rd, 2017|Analytics, Machine Learning|
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