• Big Data as a Service (BDaaS) Rescues Healthcare

    Posted in Articles on Aug 01, 2016

    According to research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 95% of all persistent data in the world is now in digital form, and it is growing exponentially. According to Computer Sciences Corporation, 44 times more data will be produced in 2020 than was in 2009.[1] Data volume, variety, and velocity – the dimensions by which Big Data is typically described – is proliferating via the use of Smartphones and tablets as data creators. Moreover, the adoption of fitness trackers, Smart watches, the Internet-of-Things, and other remote sensors with a focus on user or consumer health...

  • Breaking the "Iron Triangle" of Healthcare

    Posted in Articles on Jul 30, 2016

    As applied to the modern American health care system, the iron triangle is a model that inter-locks health patient access, costs, and care quality in a directly inverse and reactionary way such that changes in any one have an opposite change in the other two. (Lehman, 2015)

    The “access corner” or third of the triangle relates to whether patients are able to consult with a health care provider. Traditionally, this meant in-person in a hospital or ambulatory care center. Moreover, a lack of access has traditionally been presumed to be because of unaffordability because of a lack of medical insur...

  • Artificial Intelligence Solutions to Medication Non-Adherence & Pharmacovigilance

    Posted in Articles on Jul 15, 2016

    One way health information technology (HIT) can improve quality, access, and cost for patients, providers, and payers in the confluence of MNA and pharmacovigilance is by applying a type of artificial intelligence (AI) known as complex event processing (CEP). By using an operational intelligence (OI) cloud-based platform accessible via any Internet-enabled device, patients can have their drug regimens pre-screened for interactions, their behaviors and reactions can be tracked in near-real time, and providers can be notified when they need to know and how to modify patients’ behaviors, and coor...

  • The Unintended Consequences of Government’s Efforts to Improve the Value of Healthcare

    Posted in Articles on Jun 07, 2016

    Renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, often considered one of the most advanced minds of our time, recently opined that among humanity’s greatest threats were its own goals. (Shukman, 2016) In other words, it is the unintended and unforeseen adverse outcomes of our own ill-understood initiatives to “improve” that often cause great harm. The US government’s public health initiatives to improve quality and reduce the costs of health care delivery are similar.

    Value-based-purchasing (VBP), also known as pay-for-performance (P4P), has been increasingly implemented by the government over ...