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By December 31, 1969

GNS Healthcare Blog

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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Dr. Stephen Hawking – The History of His Time Was Indeed Too Brief 


Is it possible to feel a close, personal connection with someone you’ve never actually met? That was certainly the case for me when it comes to Dr. Stephen Hawking. I was deeply saddened when I heard of his passing this week, not only because the world would no longer benefit from his enormous contributions, but because he inspired me to choose my current career path.

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Population Health to Personalized Medicine: Why Shooting for “Average” Misses the Mark

Current cancer treatments provide benefits to only one out of every four patients. Drugs for Alzheimer’s are ineffective for 70 percent of patients. Medicines for arthritis (50%), diabetes (43%), and asthma (40%) have no benefits for large portions of afflicted individuals. In general, according to a report from the Personalized Medicine Coalition (PMC), many FDA-approved drugs are ineffective on average for nearly half the targeted patient populations.


These sobering statistics are hard to believe in an era of advanced technology, but not so surprising when you get to the core issue....

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3 Ways Causal Machine Learning is Accelerating the Speed of Discovery in Health Care

Imagine if we could approach healthcare with the precision that retailers like Amazon and Netflix use to reach their customers. Imagine if we could grasp the holy grail of precision medicine and harness the ability to match patients with the specific treatment or intervention that is most effective for them as individuals.


How can we scale precision medicine so that every patient is provided with a personally optimized treatment plan? How can we turn data into models of disease progression and drug response, so we can discover novel biomarkers and accelerate drug discovery and...

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5 Challenges to Applying AI and Machine Learning in Healthcare

While artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies hold plenty of promise in helping to improve patient outcomes and lower costs in health care, making effective use of these technologies requires expertise and experience in handling massive data sets and the tools that extract the right information to answer healthcare’s most difficult questions.

Julie Slezak, EVP of Clinical Analytics at GNS, highlights the key stumbling blocks she sees most often and how to overcome them. Following are five key challenges. Consider this a giant heads-up to anyone employing artificial...

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Why Causal Learning is a Superpower for Healthcare

Most people have never heard of causal learning, but the concept is an important one for the future of healthcare because it holds the key to understanding and fighting disease and improving outcomes. However, to understand how and why causality is so important in the fight for better healthcare, we have to first understand machine learning.

You may be familiar with the term “artificial intelligence”, which is a broader umbrella term that machine learning falls within. An article in Xconomy published earlier this year goes into detail on artificial intelligence (AI) and starts by talking...

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Interview with Iya Khalil, Co-founder and CCO of GNS Healthcare

Now it’s time to introduce you to Iya Khalil, who co-founded GNS Healthcare with Colin Hill and serves as the company’s Chief Commercial Officer. When I sat down to talk with Iya, I wanted to get her insights into the company’s work and how it was going to bring its’ industry leading capabilities to more businesses and situations. I also wanted to know more about what the company is doing to identify and fight disease. She was able to help me understand how GNS is working with partners to improve the application of GNS’ solutions and the important work that remains to be accomplished. Now...

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Interview with Colin Hill, CEO and Co-founder of GNS Healthcare

As we’re getting the ball rolling with our new blog, we agreed that there couldn’t be a better way to kick things off than with an interview with GNS Healthcare CEO, Chairman, and co-founder Colin Hill.  So when I had the chance to sit down for a discussion with Colin, what I wanted to know was what was the vision that convinced him to found GNS seventeen years ago and does that mission still hold true today.  What I found is that he has been driven by one seemingly simple question: What needs to be discovered and uncovered to stop disease and its progression?  He’s had a clear vision...

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Welcome to the GNS Healthcare Blog

Our blog will be a forum for discussion – to tackle important issues in precision medicine and focus on how machine learning and artificial intelligence are being applied to improve health outcomes and lower the total cost of care. We’ll discuss topics like healthcare’s matching problem and how big ‘patient’ data can be used to discover which health interventions work for which patients. We’re excited to host this conversation.

While we don’t develop the drugs, or sell the health insurance plans, or treat patients, we work closely with health plans, biopharmaceutical companies, health...

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