With Oscar night fast approaching, we’ve been reflecting on award-winning performers in healthcare technology. Our latest HIT List shines the spotlight on a host of likely nominees including artificial intelligence, telehealth and the IoT.

  1. AI gets skin in the game. An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm designed by Stanford University researchers to identify malignant skin conditions and benign lesions performed at least 91% as well as the human dermatologists it was tested against. Although the technology is certainly not mainstream (yet), researchers point to its potential for providing “low-cost universal access to vital diagnostic care.” Little wonder that the AI market is expected to balloon to $6 billion by 2021.
  2. IoT, IoHT or IoP? By 2025, nearly one-third of the $11.1 trillion IoT market will be comprised of medical devices, aka the Internet of Healthcare Things (IoHT). This expert makes a case that the IoHT is actually the Internet of Patients (IoP), which differs substantially from the industrial IoT – and presents unique security, privacy and interoperability challenges. See why he believes making the most of it depends on “thinking smart” about patient data – not just focusing on “smart things.”
  3. Tempting telehealth. One in five consumers say they are willing to switch from their current primary care provider to one who offers telehealth visits, a recent Harris Poll found. Interest was higher-than-average among parents of children under 18 and among 18-44 year olds. With the average wait time for a doctor appointment nearly three weeks, survey respondents also expressed particular interest in using telehealth to manage a chronic illness or refill a prescription. Looks like “the doctor will see you now” could soon take on entirely new meaning.
  4. HIPAA compliance gets complicated. As more healthcare organizations migrate parts of their IT infrastructure to the cloud, the complexity of HIPAA compliance also rises. That’s because an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) deployment brings together multiple vendors and a broad set of solutions, not all of which are going to be truly HIPAA compliant or work together in a compliant manner. Check out the questions you should ask, such as, “Is this solution FedRAMP approved?”
  5. Passwords could be passé. If researchers at Binghamton State University have their way, patients may eventually access their EHRs using electrocardiogram data. Unlike most other advanced encryption techniques, ECG encryption can easily be used on mobile and wearable devices. However, its use would be limited to secondary authentication because it’s more vulnerable to variations than other biometric measures. Consumers may be ready – a study last spring found more than half prefer biometrics and other authentication measures to traditional usernames and passwords.
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