In this week’s platter we look at how AI looks at the eye to predict heart disease risk, then we pay attention to an interesting statistic related to EHR, we consider 3 insightful takeaways from the Healthcare Costs Innovation Summit, and we probe the true health risks related to the Brexit negotiations. Sign up for our newsletter on the left. Enjoy!
A new study by Google and its health-focused Alphabet-sibling, Verily Life Sciences, has shown that deep-learning algorithms can accurately predict heart disease by analyzing photographs of an individual’s retina.
Given that the algorithm could accurately predict risk factors, the scientists also trained the algorithm to predict the onset of a major cardiovascular event, such as a heart attack within five years. The technical journal is found here
A Time-Motion Study reveals that primary care physicians in the US spent more time working in the electronic health record (EHR) than they spent in face-to-face time with patients in clinic visits. This is in contrast to a recent study in the UK which found the inverse to be true. There is a need for serious introspection here (read disruption…).
The recent Healthcare Costs Innovation Summit sought to bring money to the forefront of the conversation by asking a central question: Why does healthcare cost so much and what can we do about it?
Here are three takeaways that came out of the summit.
- There’s a lot of unnecessary care that’s amping up costs
- Implementing value-based care is still a work in progress
- America’s broken political system is a threat to the future of healthcare
Simple yet insightful.
Public health leaders have warned that health risks are being forgotten in Brexit negotiations, potentially delaying the availability of new medicines and imposing large costs on manufacturers. According to this article, a ‘hard Brexit’ would pose the greatest disruption for the European healthcare sector and patients, particularly if there is no mutual recognition agreement on clinical trials, batch testing and diagnostics.
It is said that history repeats itself, but this unfortunately does not have the “undo” button. This is definitely a development worth following closely….
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