Living in Los Angeles, surrounded by the Hollywood “scene,” the rampant combination of hype and FOMO never ceases to amaze. As clinicians and analytical people, my peers and I were frequently perplexed by this constant race to the bottom – fueled by competitive paranoia and short term amnesia.
As I call to book an appointment with my family physician in early November, I am brought back to the days of driving my tiny Honda as a teenager on the 405 freeway in Southern California rush hour traffic. I called on November 9th and was given an appointment for January 19th for my annual checkup. Yes, the wait time of 45 days (excluding holidays and weekends) does seem extreme, but I love my doctor. I would always wait for her, but I don’t know if all patients would be that understanding.
Someone actually said to me, “But it’s not using Deep Learning, so how is it AI?”
For context, the goal of our new Evid Science platform is to read the medical literature. Just like a person, we aim to take written words and convert them into some meaningful, internal representation. As people, this representation is knowledge. For the Evid Science AI, the representation is a clean, standardized representation of the results published in the paper. In some ways, you can’t really get more artificially intelligent than trying to replicate reading.
My hair stylist recently left one salon to work at another. This morning, I googled the new salon, with the intention of finding a number to call and schedule my appointment. When I saw that they had online appointment booking, I was elated. My heart soars whenever I see a link to “Book your appointment!” How I dread scheduling an appointment that either requires a lot of back-and-forth calendar coordination or, even worse, an endless game of phone tag.
We’ve all heard that businesspeople, merchants, therapists, psychologists—really, anyone offering goods or services to customers, clients, or patients—are “Old School” if they’re still scheduling, billing, or performing a slew of other processes by hand. It may be time to start calling them something else—“Paleolithic School”?—because, more and more, you’re Old School for using even a desktop or a laptop.
Being part of the Value Prop Shop team allows us to constantly meet entrepreneurs creating products and services in the Healthcare IT space. Recently we had the pleasure of chatting with one of these entrepreneurs launching a unique business model into the startup world, Rachel Neill, founder of Carex Consulting Group. Rachel matches talent predominantly from the Madison health tech space with startups and later stage companies that need experienced resources that are often hard to find with simple job postings and network inquiries.
Any knock at my door sends my dog tearing through the house, barking like crazy. Unfortunately, any knock-like sound does the same (I’m clumsy, so you can imagine the issue…). And so, over time, her useful warnings withered first into an annoyance, and then, just shrank away into the background noise.
This weekend, the brightest minds in health and IT will meet in Orlando, Florida for the 2017 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition. One of the keynote speakers?—Value Prop Shop’s own Principal & Founder, Sanaz Cordes, MD.
Sometimes friends, clients, students, or family ask: “Don’t you miss being a real doctor?” I always pause for a moment when I get this question. I’ve given up explaining that being a doctor is like being a Marine…. you kind of always get to “be” one, even after you’re no longer in active service. I once even had a local newspaper reporter refer to me as “Sanaz Cordes, a ‘former’ physician,” in an article that I’m certain no one read.
As another HIMSS conference looms around the corner, it’s time to place your bets on which healthcare trends and buzzwords will emerge from the exhibit floor. At past conferences, we have been hit over the head with the promise of Population Health, mHealth, Data Analytics, Interoperability, etc. With over 1,300 health IT companies planning to showcase their latest and greatest solutions this month in Orlando, let’s face reality – it is difficult for marketing teams to be truly innovative and not just follow the crowd year after year (similar to how the Super Bowl ads seem to get more stale as I grow older). Unfortunately for attendees, this can create a general feeling of murkiness in our brains after speaking with a couple of vendors who all seem to be claiming to do the same remarkable feats (eg, “we can be the one-stop shop for your analytics needs”; “we offer a population health solution that can be leveraged across your enterprise”; “we integrate with all EHRs”).