by Susan Eustis
The broader promise of IBM Watson and all healthcare clinical decision support tools from many prominent vendors is the promise of being able to manage testing in a more efficacious manner. Too many clinicians are not up to date on what is the best test to order for a patient presentation of particular configurations of symptoms.
In some cases, CT scans are performed unnecessarily when an ultrasound or MRI without radiation exposure would be better. More clinician training and use of automated process clinical decision support tools to stop such misuse of technology are core aspects of the implementation new healthcare delivery systems that are modernized. IBM Watson and other automated process for healthcare are able to provide assistance to physicians so that they are more up to date in the tests they order.
Though 320 slice CT is available, 16 and 64 slide CTs are more popular. Slices are not a driving force in the market any more. It is about clinical outcomes and slices add a lot of clinical benefit. Automated systems such as Watson can be positioned as clinical support tools that are far more up to date in their recommendations than a physician is. Beyond 128 slices, CT efficacy changes. The clinical benefits added by more slices are marginal if present at all. Technicians run into a lot of technical problems with increasing artifacts, increased scattered radiation and CT number homogeneity with larger detectors that offer more slices. And, larger detectors add costs.
All this speaks to the prospect for increasing demand for clinical decision support tools for physicians. The automation of process in healthcare is just beginning. One of the first places it will have profound benefit is in this area of patient testing decision making.
Patient Care & Insights based on IBM analytics has is potentially transformational. The similarity analytics component is positioned to be useful to clinicians to implement automated process in the care delivery settings. IBM Patient Care and Insights comprehensive healthcare solution features advanced analytics and care management capabilities. The features are able to help clinicians identify early intervention opportunities and coordinate patient care.
IBM Patient Care and Insights was developed by IBM’s software, research and services teams, implementing similarity analytics. At the core of IBM Patient Care and Insights are analytics that drive smart, individualized care based on data. IBM similarity analytics core capabilities include algorithms that allow healthcare professionals to examine thousands of patient characteristics at once.
The reasons for looking at thousands of patient characteristics is that demographic, social and financial factors are significant aspects of patient symptom presentation. The symptoms are elaborated in materials that are captured as information in unstructured physicians’ notes. Data is used to generate personalized assessment of evidence and insights. The assessment is then used to provide recommendations for care. personalized treatment plans can be developed in an efficient manner, relying on the consolidation of data from the different sources.
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