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Virtual health: Considering the technology implications

by Tim Smith, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Walking the floors of HIMSS18 a couple weeks ago, I was excited to see the opportunities and the technology innovation around virtual health. As my colleague Ken Abrams pointed out in a recent blog article, the conversation around virtual health is less about why organizations should be thinking about it, but more about how and where to invest.

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Automation in clinical trials? It’s time to take the first step.

by Peter Russell, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP and Dawn Anderson, Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Life sciences industry, it is time to start talking about robotics and cognitive analytics.

Actually, it’s time to start doing something about it. Many other industries are already there. Publishing, for example, or the automotive industry. Or financial services.

I hear you: “But we’re different. This is R&D in life sciences after all – not publishing.” It’s true – life sciences obviously operates within a web of regulatory oversight and complex science that makes for some unique challenges.

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In an era of exponentials, health care is on the cusp of a potential major transformation

by Sarah Thomas, Managing Director, Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, Deloitte Services LP

As we look to move the ball forward with health IT, we’re closely watching exponential technologies and their potential power to transform the industry. Exponential technologies have the potential to render the health care sector unrecognizable in a relatively short amount of time. Artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, 3D printing, and synthetic biology all have the ability to potentially dramatically disrupt the systems and processes that have historically defined the health care industry.

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By 2025, health plan CIOs should have their heads in the cloud

by Jason Wainstein, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

The emergence of cloud-based environments, new applications, and artificial intelligence (AI) could render legacy information technology systems obsolete, and could dramatically alter health plan IT within the next decade. As the health care industry continues its rapid transformation, I think some health plans could face an identity crisis. Carriers that thrive in this new environment will likely be those that can take advantage of vendor-based technologies and determine how to add value for their members and to the health care system overall.

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In Israel, many life sciences and health care “hammers” are searching for a nail

by Arod Balissa, Cyber & Health Sector Manager, Innovation Tech Terminal, Deloitte Israel

With more startup companies per capita than anywhere in the world, Israel is sometimes referred to as “the startup nation.” There are approximately 1,400 companies in the life sciences and health care (LSHC) sector alone,1 and 350 multi-national research and development (R&D) centers.2 While innovation is typically strongly encouraged in Israel, there is little domestic demand for LSHC solutions,

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Drones may be able to cut EMT response time and save cardiac arrest patients

by Doug Beaudoin, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Researchers in Sweden are testing the feasibility of having drones carry automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to patients in cardiac arrest to reduce the time it takes to get the person to an AED. When a person goes into cardiac arrest, he or she needs the first potentially lifesaving shock from an AED as soon as possible: no longer than three minutes is ideal.

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