IOD Dispatch: Building our Big Future together
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Big Ideas conveyed, Big Opportunities revealed, the last full day of Information On Demand concerned itself with a Big Future.
Your future, our future, the entire planet’s future.
As it turns out, host Jason Silva isn’t the only on here thinking about it. A charming “person on the street” video compilation yielded some interesting ideas about what our accelerating technology can do for us. For example: houses that talk to us; table tops as touch screens, pay-per-view sports offering immersive, in-home experiences; a universal translator app for all the languages we speak.
But if they seemed straight out of Star Trek or The Jetsons, none of them phased Silva in the slightest.
“We’re in a world where complexity is bootstrapping on its own complexity. The more dense and complex the connections among people and systems, the further we advance as a species. We’re riding a wave of accelerating change that is human history. Culture and technology and the manipulation of matter reaching an infinite velocity.”
Remember, Big Future.
But while not everyone will appreciate a surround-screen Super Bowl, everyone will appreciate improved health, which will most certainly be a hallmark of our collective Big Future. Next up was Craig Rhinehart, IBM Director of Enterprise Content Management Strategy and Market Development. The U.S. spends $750 billion on health care every year, said Rhinehart, Yet in global rankings, the country’s quality of care sits 37th, barely ahead of Slovenia, a country of two million people.
A substantial percentage of that $750 is due to unnecessary or inefficient treatments, process errors such as duplicate lab tests and outdated manual processes. This “trial and error healthcare system” sees patients continually readmitted for recurring or chronic problems that in many cases never get better. The solution isn’t more money, said Rhinehart. With 83 percent of healthcare costs deemed avoidable, the solution is a move from a reactive system to a predictive and preventative one.
Rhinehart then walked attendees through a new product, IBM Patient Care and insights. This new product sources hidden opportunities to improve patient care by integrating, analyzing and liberating the valuable patient information in doctors’ notes, hospital files, lab reports and other sources that remain trapped in information silos.
With IBM Patient Care and Insights, healthcare professionals can analyze both structured and unstructured data using some of the same foundational natural processing language technology as IBM Watson to understand text-based information and present it for analysis.
The predictive analysis capabilities enable healthcare organizations to identify patients at risk for developing illnesses or needing additional interventions. Providers can use predictive modeling, trending and scoring to anticipate patient outcomes and evaluate the potential effects of interventions.
Drawing on the insights gained from analytics, care teams can then use the care management capabilities in IBM Patient Care and Insights to create personalized, coordinated treatment plans for patients that span multiple physicians, specialists, hospitals, clinics and home care environments. IBM Patient Care and Insights eliminates paper-based processes and automates care delivery mechanics such as managing workflow tasks and providing ongoing patient assessments.
Turbo’s done an excellent job of resuming the rest of the session, so I’d encourage you to read his resume here.