Artificial intelligence is being used by providers and insurers to advance clinical care and improve the payment process, according to presenters at Fierce AI Week. Dr. Paul Friedman at Mayo Clinic said his team trained an AI algorithm embedded into electrocardiogram tests to weak heart pump, and Colt Courtright at Premera Blue Cross said the insurer is using AI to try to project future cost bubbles.
Saint Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital in Michigan was named the top Major Teaching Hospital in America for 2020 by Fortune/IBM Watson Health, and President Alonzo Lewis credits a unique culture of excellence that "develops organically and gets maintained over time." He says the effort begins with engaging medical staff, and having physician leaders involved in quality and on the hospital's stewardship council that reviews budgets and makes resource decisions.
The US government's Operation Warp Speed seeking a vaccine for COVID-19 has led to deals with pharmaceutical companies totaling more than $10.79 billion. The initiative's goal is to provide at least 300 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine by January, and so far the US has contracted for at least 800 million doses of vaccines to be delivered following approval.
The American Medical Association and SNOMED International launched a project to demonstrate how the AMA's Current Procedural Terminology and SNOMED clinical terminology can be integrated to better align resources with patient needs, organize health care data, improve clinical analytics and reduce administrative burdens.
Around 41% of the roughly 500 acute care hospitals participating in a survey had fully optimized their EHR systems to meet the needs of elderly patients in accordance with the 4Ms framework, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. The 4Ms cover individual patients' goals and preferences, medication management, mental health care and mobility.
North Dakota, Virginia, Alabama and Wyoming are launching coronavirus contact tracing apps, and Pennsylvania and Washington are likely to follow soon. Public acceptance is uncertain, and North Dakota's is the only app that works in other states.
New Jersey temporarily waived the requirement for an in-person exam before health care providers can use telehealth to prescribe controlled substances or authorize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. The waiver also allows the use of telehealth for assessments and care management reviews for patients being treated for chronic pain.
A community health center in Syracuse, N.Y., kicked off a coronavirus prevention campaign called Don't Bring It Home that offers protective masks, hand sanitizer and educational materials to people being tested for SARS-CoV-2. A media campaign is also in the works.
Supply-chain disruptions for the iodine-123 radioisotope due to the COVID-19 pandemic have prompted the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization to spend $250,000 for chartered flights to import it for use in cancer treatment. ANSTO is also partnering with clinicians to ensure quick delivery of nuclear medicine radiopharmaceuticals to patients.
Researchers found that an artificial intelligence algorithm examining movement data from wrist-worn accelerometers yielded high accuracy in estimating symptom severity in patients with Parkinson's disease. The findings were published in Scientific Reports.