Building Better Solutions for Healthcare

On October 17th, Intel is hosting an Immersion Day event at the Connected Health Conference in Boston that we’re calling “SOLVE: Healthcare—Building Better Solutions With Technologies that Matter.”

Building on our inaugural SOLVE: Healthcare event hosted by UCSF on March 21st, we—along with leading healthcare delivery organizations and startups—will reiterate and expand upon common themes from the earlier conference. We’ll explore:

  • Taking the digital foundation that has finally emerged in healthcare and transforming this from a “system of record” into a “system of insight.”
  • Moving beyond being “data rich but insight poor” in healthcare.
  • Using predictive AI to prevent chronic care conditions from turning into acute care situations.

We’ll also expand our focus to the edges of healthcare, where patients engage with the healthcare system at three different points of care: Bedside, home, and specialty care. The intersection of IoT, AI, and healthcare VR are transforming the edges of healthcare with new insights and are fundamentally altering the point-of-care experience for doctors and patients.

Healthcare Analytics at the Bedside

Real-time monitoring and AI are transforming the hospital bedside and making costly complications a thing of the past. This is enabling early detection of some of the most common complications that contribute the most to additional hospital costs and increases in length of stay. Doctors can get real-time access to vital point-of-care information and analytics-based alerts for these costly conditions. This enables physicians to spend more time with patients instead of reviewing information.

The ICU, for instance, generates a huge amount of patient data. Most of these samples are taken infrequently and must be approved by a nurse, and the information is often low-fidelity and prone to error. And, despite the huge amount of patient data, less than one percent of it is actually available beyond the bedside or within the EHR.

Intel’s collaborative partners are putting to work the 99 percent of previously ignored patient data in clinical decision-making with new FDA-cleared intelligence platforms that store all these signals directly from bedside monitors so physicians can get an accurate and complete picture of a trend in patient physiology.

Home Care and Telehealth

Remote patient monitoring is transforming the way patients are engaged and is making home care the new standard of care. AccuHealth is going after chronic illnesses with an innovative, preventive home-based remote care approach. Chronic illness is responsible for 86% of annual healthcare expenditures in the United States.

In Chile, where AccuHealth is based, the average cost of an ER visit ranges anywhere from $50 to $3,000, and the average cost of a day in the hospital starts at $1,800. Costs soar even higher with each care-related procedure and treatment performed. To help prevent these acute events and keep chronic illnesses in check, AccuHealth has developed a patient-centric healthcare model that shifts reactionary, facility-based care to preventive home-based remote care.

Using wearable sensors linked to a smart Intel-based monitoring device that connects to the AccuHealth virtual hospital remote monitoring center, patients perform three-to-five-minute “check-ups” throughout the day from the comfort of their homes. Patient data is sent in real-time to a data center where powerful Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors apply data mining and predictive modeling to identify issues so they can be addressed before they escalate. In the event of any alarming shifts, caregivers proactively intervene before an ER visit or hospitalization is required.

AccuHealth’s results are promising. They recently monitored 15,000 patients and drove a 42% decrease in ER visits, reducing costs to insurers by up to 50% per patient.

Specialty Care Transformed

AI, visual computing, and virtual reality are transforming neurosurgery, radiology, and soon pathology. Not only does this result in improved outcomes and improved patient satisfaction, but doctors are more satisfied with their work, too.

Surgical Theater creates an enterprise-wide virtual reality medical visualization platform called Precision VR. They take MRI and CT scan images of patient brain/body parts and fuse that together to create immersive 3D environments that are transforming patient education and engagement. This also delivers next-generation surgical planning and navigation capabilities.

Patient satisfaction is important. Up to two percent of reimbursement costs in 2017 was lost or gained based on patient satisfaction. Patients can rate their experience via the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey. Results can create new incentives for hospitals to improve quality of care and affect medicare reimbursement and private investment. Shared decision-making between patient and doctor has been shown to reduce the cost of care for patients with preference-sensitive conditions. Engaged patients cost less.

This is only a small peek into what we’ll dive into at the SOLVE: Healthcare event. Several other healthcare organizations are using technology in new and unexpected ways. They’re improving and sometimes even saving lives while building a new foundation for healthcare.

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Jennifer Esposito

About Jennifer Esposito

Jennifer believes that technology has the power to accelerate the transformation of healthcare and to improve health, quality of life, safety, and security worldwide. She works with companies, organizations, and governments around the world to help make this digital transformation real, today. With 20 years of experience, Jennifer brings deep healthcare, life sciences, and biotechnology industry expertise along with a foundation in information and communication technology, and a view that spans across multiple other industries. Jennifer has a graduate degree from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at Dartmouth College, where she focused on Epidemiology and Biostatistics. During her time at GE Healthcare, she became a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and remains a full member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine. Jennifer is the co-chair of the Global Health Security Agenda Private Sector Roundtable and sits on the boards of Digital Square and USA Healthcare Alliance. Follow her @Jennifer_Espo and @IntelHealth.