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By December 31, 1969

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Now that we have data, how do we leverage it to deliver precision medicine?

 

The efforts to generate and gather healthcare data have paid off. Approximately 61% of Americans are using wearable devices to track their health1, nearly 87% of doctors use electronic health record (EHR) systems in their offices2, and as of May 2018, there are more than 96 thousand clinical trial sites in the US generating clinical data3. These millions of data points mean that as much as 30% of the entire world’s stored data is generated in the healthcare industry4. Due to this abundance, we are on the precipice of making precision medicine a reality by better understanding disease and...

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The power of physics and the complexity of biology: How AI is bringing them together

In the 1960s, physicists were trying to figure out what makes particles, such as atoms, electrons, and quarks, have mass. To answer this question, they examined existing known systems and developed complicated mathematical equations to explain and connect them, eventually coming up with something called the Higgs Field. Almost 40 years later, the Higgs Boson particle was proved to exist and is now an essential part of the particle physics model.

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How the next generation of data is moving the needle to make precision medicine a reality

The growth of “big data” has revealed one undeniable truth: the more data available, the better the insights and the more that you can learn.  That is certainly the case in the healthcare industry where biopharma, health plans and providers are generating, consuming and collecting more data than ever before.

Traditional data sources like electronic health system records (EHR), claims, and labs spurred a wave of population health efforts in the early 2000's. These programs promised to reduce costs and improve outcomes for patients, but were based on models of care for a hypothetical average...

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NASH: The Lifestyle Disease on the Rise and the Role of AI

When most people hear or read about liver disease they most likely think of hepatitis or perhaps alcohol-induced cirrhosis. Though serious diseases, there is a more prevalent liver disease that is on the rise and affecting an estimated 16 million Americans [1].

The disease, NASH (nonalcoholic steatohepatitis) is expected to be the primary reason for liver transplants by 2020. Patients that have it experience few or no symptoms—most don’t even know they have it until it leads to cirrhosis or liver failure.  Worse, there are currently no approved medicines to treat it. The cost of the...

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How Precision Medicine Is Driving the Conversation Across the Healthcare Ecosystem

Not so long ago key stakeholders in the healthcare industry tended to operate in their own separate worlds. Biopharma companies, health plans, providers and healthcare consumers certainly interacted, but in most cases they each focused on dealing with their own specific challenges.

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3 Ways Machine Learning is Transforming Drug Development

A recent study revealed that nearly half of all pipeline compounds and close to three quarters of oncology compounds are utilizing biomarker data during the drug development process. The same report indicated that investment in biomarker identification by biopharma has doubled over the past five years and is forecasted to increase over the next half decade. [1] 

Biopharma’s increasing reliance on molecular data (most commonly genomic and proteomic) and the identification of specific biomarkers in the drug development process should not be surprising. Healthcare is transitioning to...

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The Data Analytics Pyramid – Climbing to Optimization & Inference

The availability of data combined with the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is causing disruption and raising questions across a number of industries, including healthcare. The electronic medical record has provided digitized health information. Genomic data is now working its way into datasets. There have been impactful innovations in the areas of targeted intervention, drug and device development, software applications, population health approaches, collaboration among healthcare stakeholders and, precision medicine.

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How AI is Replacing Prediction with Discovery Using Data

Hardly a day goes by without someone publishing an article on how artificial intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing the healthcare industry. No doubt AI is impacting multiple areas of the healthcare landscape from biopharma to health systems, to heath plans to patients.

One recent survey reported that 90 percent of pharma companies believe that AI is critical to their success.[1] Another report has 42 percent of healthcare system leaders saying they have or are planning to add AI as a tool for disease management.[2] Some even suggest AI will eventually replace physicians when diagnosing...

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A Powerful Partnership: Artificial Intelligence and Longitudinal Data To Better Understand Multiple Myeloma

More than 30,000 people a year are diagnosed with multiple myeloma in the United States, making it the second most common type of blood cancer. Researchers have yet to find a cure, in part due to the diverse ways the disease manifests itself, but recent advances in cancer research have made it a treatable disease.

The availability of genomic data and power of artificial intelligence is driving more progress in the understanding of multiple myeloma.  Causal machine learning (causal ML) – a powerful form of artificial intelligence – has the ability to reduce the time to study disease and...

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Harnessing New & Traditional Data to Discover Actionable Insights with AI

By Patrick Getzen, Chief Data and Analytics Officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Clashes between the traditional and the novel are as old as time itself. Change is rarely welcomed, so anything new that comes along often faces a rough road to acceptance. However, that is not the case when it comes to the types of data that are now becoming available in the world of healthcare. The merging of new and traditional healthcare data promises to lead to a new era of discovery and offers significant benefits for patients, providers and payers.

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