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Integrating AI with visual analytics to enhance

quality of care delivery
By Andy Dé

or the last three to four decades, (EDW), and next generation self-service patients (1-5% of total) through precision

F healthcare providers have delivered

services based on the fee-for-service
model. They have treated patients for
visual analytics platforms as shown in
Figure 1.
Here’s how the various elements of
medicine (based on an understanding of
their genomic profiles and variances there-
of). Machine-learning algorithms using ‘R’
their ailments, discharged them, and AI, integrated with visual analytics, will and Python to identify these genetic vari-
then charged them for the services enable specific processes and use cases ances hold tremendous potential, as well
delivered via Health Insurance Payers in a healthcare system: as NLP combined with visual analytics,
as intermediaries, with little accountabil- 1. Segmenting their attributed patient to generate summary reports that is eas-
ity for the health and well-being of the population based on their vital signs and ily consumed by researchers, clinicians,
patient. Under the tenets of the Afford- other publicly available information to and nurses, and support their efforts to
able Care Act (ACA), many of them are understand their risk of chronic condi- personalize treatment protocols for these
now transforming to an Accountable tions like heart disease, diabetes, and can- high-risk patients, as well as newly born
Care Organizations (ACO), which has cer—leveraging visual analytics platforms infants whose genomic profiles are cap-
triggered a fundamental morphing of integrated with NLP. This will enable line tured with those of their patients.
the fee-for-service model into a pay-for- of business leaders, strategic planning and 4. Leverage robotics for repetitive tasks
performance (P4P) model. population health management analysts and processes like sterilization of surgical
This transformation demands a fun- to see a summary of the analytics in plain instruments, as well as the use of robots
damental evolution of the provider text and accelerate their time-to-value. like the Da Vinci Robot System for faster
business strategy. Providers will need to 2. Proactively collecting patient data via surgeries, with lower blood loss, and
deliver the highest quality of healthcare patient portals into electronic health re- speedier recuperation for patients.
delivery and safety AI holds tremen-
for their patients at What will the AI enabled analytics landscape look like? dous yet untapped
the lowest possible AI, Machine Learning, NLP and Robotics integrated with Visual Analytics Landscape
potential in the health-
cost—while ensuring External Data care industry, in terms
Sources Data captured Analytics captured from
that they are not re- from other AI Robots like the Da Vinci of enhancing decision
Inter-Enterprise projects Surgical Robots
admitted for the same Inter-Enterprise support, augmenting
diseases or disorders Machine Learning
Algorithms in ‘R’
Natural Language
Processing (NLP)
repetitive processes
that they were treated Electronic Health
Records (EHRs)
or ‘Python’
Tableau Server
[Narrative Sciences] Healthcare through automation,
for in the first place. AI & Self-Service Visual Analytics Desktop (UI) Exchanges and enabling mission
Electronic Data (HIEs)
Inability to ensure this Warehouse (EDW)
Functional Data
Functional Data Functional Data critical decisions at the
Mart Mart Mart
would detract from External HIT
POC. Integrating of
Revenue Cycle Electronic Data Warehouse (EDW)
their P4P metrics such Management (RCM) these machine learn-
External HIT
as 30-day re-admis- Operational Data Store (ODS) Systems ing, NLP, and robotics
Supply Chain
sion rates and invite Management (SCM) External HIT capabilities with next-
Health Integration Platform (HIP) Systems
fines, and penalties generation self-service
Human Resource Master Data Business Process API Management
that will negatively Management (HRM) Management (MDM) Management (BPM) visual analytics
impact their reputa- Enterprise Data Distribution
Event Processing & ETL and Enterprise platforms will drive
Management Services
Resource Planning
tion, revenues, and (ERP) yet unprecedented
profits. efficiencies and higher
A key factor to Figure 1. AI, machine learning, NLP, and robotics integrated via visual analytics into the employee produc-
enabling this strategic healthcare IT and EDW landscape for healthcare providers. tivity in enabling a
transformation will higher quality of care
be leveraging artificial intelligence (AI), cords (EHRs) is already being done today. delivery, with consistency, and at lower
machine learning, natural language Once these patients are admitted for acute total cost of care, in the foreseeable
processing (NLP), and robotics with conditions like heart failure or heart at- future. HMT
analytics to increase efficiencies and pro- tacks, running patient risk stratification
ductivity for repetitive human tasks and machine learning algorithms based on
processes, while delivering accurate, reli- Python or ‘R’ combined with visual ana-
able and right-time actionable insights to lytics and NLP would help physicians and
executives, physicians, clinicians, and administrators proactively identify the
nurses at the point of care (POC). most at-risk patients likely to overstay Andy Dé
Specifically, the AI portfolio of tech- their length-of-stay and at risk of 30-day Senior Global
nologies likely to be deployed include re-admissions. This will help drive the ap- Industry Director
machine learning algorithms based on propriate clinical care protocols and care Health and Life
‘R’ and ‘Python’, NLP which will be coordination to ensure higher quality at a Sciences,
integrated with the current healthcare IT lower risk and cost. Tableau Software
landscape, the electronic data warehouse 3. Personalize the treatment for high-risk

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