At a trade show last month, a customer approached me and said, "I was just bragging about you! Remember that dinner a few years ago in Colorado?" She went on to tell me that her business had acted on an idea we discussed that night, and that it brought over a million dollars of revenue into the practice. In addition, another person at the dinner collaborated with her on the same idea, which brought new revenue to both practices.
When meeting with customers during SIIM 2017
in Pittsburgh last week I was often asked, "What are your long-term plans for Watson Health Imaging?" and "How is Merge positioned to support the integration of mobile technology at my organization?" I wasn't surprised that the future of healthcare was on everyone's mind, especially since the theme of SIIM 2017 was Bridging the Transformation to a New Era in Healthcare
. If you stopped by the Merge booth, you saw that in many ways, the future is already here. Here are a few highlights:
The 2013 merger between Edward Hospital & Health Services and Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare created one of the largest health systems in Illinois. As is often the case with this type of amalgamation, executives of the newly named Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare faced numerous integration challenges and had to determine the best way to maximize each organization's strengths. Thankfully, one thing that required little effort was deciding on a cardiology system.
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation
, osteoporosis (which literally means porous bone) is quite common. Approximately 54 million
Americans live with the condition or have osteopenia (low bone mass, and a risk factor for osteoporosis). The condition is expensive, with forecasts estimating that by 2025, osteoporosis will result in three million
annual fractures and $25.3 billion
in annual U.S. costs.
IBM Watson Imaging Clinical Review is the first cognitive solution from Watson Health's medical imaging business. To understand customer perceptions of Watson Imaging Clinical Review, we asked a select few members of the Watson Health Medical Imaging Collaborative
to put it under the microscope. Over a total of 22 hours, we met with 38 professionals from 6 institutions: 5 clinicians, 6 radiologists, 15 administrators and 12 IT leaders for 30-40 minutes each. Here's what they had to say.