By Pranam Ben
Data analytics, artificial intelligence and blockchain were among the hot topics at The Garage’s user group meeting, FUSE 2018, this year in Orlando. FUSE was an exciting and educational event where our clients from ACOs and other integrated healthcare organizations, as well as our technology partners from around the country, gathered to discuss plans for the year, industry trends and learn about innovative updates coming to The Garage platform this year.
During my keynote, which kicked off the event, I urged our clients and partners to consider population health management in a new way, comparing it the Japanese paper-folding art of origami. While origami is about folding paper using connections that other people don’t realize, I suggested that population health management is analogous because it connects clinical, financial and social data in ways that other systems don’t realize.
Similarly, FUSE 2018’s hot topics explored how healthcare providers can connect top trends and data in bold new ways to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs. Some of these exciting hot topics included data analytics, artificial intelligence and blockchain
FUSE 2018 hot topics
Data analytics. Our panel discussion featuring four leaders from provider organizations and technology companies explored how enterprise-wide data analytics is now must-have for every integrated organization. Alex Foxman, M.D., F.A.C.P., President and Chief Medical Officer of National ACO LLC in California, put it this way: “Providers can’t manage cardiac disease without a stethoscope. Organizations can’t take on risk without data analytics.”
Diane Blackburn echoed Alex’s comments. Diane is the Executive Director at Prime Accountable Care LLC, an integrated ACO of more than 150 primary care physicians and mid-levels in Metropolitan Detroit and throughout Michigan. Prime Accountable Care’s previous population health management platform left the ACO with no reliable data to report to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services at the end of 2016. When Prime Accountable Care switched to The Garage in 2017, however, they were able to easily mine and understand its data, generate accurate reporting and was ranked among the top performing ACOs in the Shared Savings Program.
These are just the tip of the iceberg with all three of those trends, so it’s no wonder that they dominated a lot of discussion throughout FUSE 2018.
Product updates utilize leading-edge technology
Similarly, during my talk at the event, I described the updates we’re working on for The Garage platform, several of which leverage AI and blockchain technologies. We’ll explore those exciting new updates in our next blog post.
Until then, please let us know how we can support your organization on its journey to this new exciting phase in healthcare at firstname.lastname@example.org.