Top Health Conditions Papers Mentioning Artificial Intelligence (AI) by Quid

Interesting article about AI in Healthcare published by Quid using their cool analytics and visualization software.  They found that Artificial Intelligence was most often mentioned in papers about cancer, diabetes, and dementia & Alzheimer’s.

Authors:  Carlos Folgar and Jess McCuan

Published on:  01.27.17

Full article can be accessed here. There are several more cool visualizations and interesting findings.


Adoption of pop health programs by providers is growing, but they are still unsatisfied

Original article info.

KPMG survey: Data aggregation continues to pose challenge for population health ambitions
Click here for full MedCity Article


My highlights:

44% of providers have adopted a pop health strategy and 24% plan to in the next 3 years.

“The complaints about incorporating technology into clinical workflows are fairly common and have many doctors and others involved with care delivery dissatisfied with electronic health records and other tools,” said Todd Ellis, principal at KPMG.

“Population health tools all share a significant vulnerability: They lack real-time insight into your patients’ current status. Risk stratification algorithms are inherently reactive because they rely on data such as past medical claims. That places the burden on care managers to track and monitor patients to effectively mitigate population health risk. And care managers are generally experienced nurses, so they’re not cheap. In most cases, they’re not creating billable hours, either, so efficiency is paramount.” – Epharmix Cofounder Joe McDonald

Viable Synergy Take:

We need to get more proactive in identifying the right patients with the right tools and information in the right format at the right time.  This means that we have to have a more comprehensive strategy to engage patients across the care continuum before they are sick enough to end up in the Emergency Room or the Hospital.  Let’s think of patients as partners and make information and tools easily accessible to them on demand. Then find ways to do regular check-ins with digital tools and information.  Other industries have been effectively supporting their customers across the customer journey for years.  We can do this in healthcare too.  We just have to think differently and be willing to engage with people in real human ways and not just their data.


Right information, right time, right format, for the right person

It is reassuring to see that more individuals and organizations are considering more complex and integrated approaches to developing and executing care strategies.

In an article published by  by Eric Sagonowsky on Jul 12, 2016 7:50am in Fierce Pharma –  entire article can be found by clicking here – Eric describes a few key challenges with our approach to helping patients to live fully and healthy with diabetes including the lack of focus on “adherence” and suggesting that we think more strategically about how and when we share information. 

Murray Aitken from IMS Institute supported Eric’s suggestions by describing the importance of alignment across the care continuum of  official and voluntary organizations to help ensure optimal patient treatment adherence.

Original excerpts from the article can be found below.

“… the IMS Institute found, many existing diabetes strategies aren’t zeroing in on adherence. With that in mind, the authors suggest steps to improve the situation such as identifying patients in need of help, offering customized education and applying new technology to guide patients through managing their care.

“Simple, customized interventions that put patients on the path to optimal adherence and persistence can yield tangible results, but require alignment between healthcare and government leaders, as well as the active involvement of voluntary associations and the private sector,” IMS Institute director Murray Aitken said in a statement.”

Viable Synergy’s take:

We believe that the power of getting the right information to the right person at the right time can have a profoundly positive impact on a person’s health.

Often times “information dumping” is done to patients and families when they visit clinicians whether it be for a follow-up or for something more serious. There are many reasons for this including trying to provide patients and their loved ones with all the information we can while they are in the office as well as the lack of time or expertise to determine which of the 50 items we could share with patients would be the best 2-3.

Leveraging technology by making tools and information available in a Digital Resource Center or an Online Library can help clinicians make information readily available and also allow patients to view and engage when it is convenient for them.  Additionally, software solutions,  like our Health Nudge platform, can deliver achievement/ supporting informational activities to patients on a regular basis and reward them with positive affirmations and even points to help patients “stay on track” and meet their personal health goals.

Posted by Sunnie Southern, Founder and CEO of Viable Synergy, LLC

A bit about Sunnie and Viable Synergy:

Sunnie is a registered dietitian with a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition and Foods with specialized skills and expertise in creating, launching, and growing health products and services. She is the Founder and CEO of Viable Synergy, LLC, an innovation strategy and software development firm specializing in healthcare. Learn more at


What Patient’s Want – Good Relationships w/ Physicians – Becker’s Hospital Review

A recent article in Becker’s Hospital Review describes what patient’s really want – better relationships with their physicians.

The article goes on to describe 5 ways hospitals can improve patient and physician communication as described by William Maples, MD, from The Institute for Healthcare Excellence and CMO of Professional Research Consultants.

1. Understand how patient experience impacts quality, safety and efficiency

2. Invest in providing physicians and caregivers skills

3. Engage physician leadership

4. Be patient

5. Plan to engage every single person on the caregiver team

If you are interested in enhancing your own communication skills or those of your team (all members of your team), that is simple to implement and quick and easy to take – courses are offered in 5 -15 minute session, available on desks tops and tables, and includes a before and after evaluation for the individual and a score card for leadership – we recommend Xelerated Learning Dynamics.  Click here to visit their website or send an email to and we’ll be happy to connect you.

To read the full article at Becker’s please click here

President Obama’s Op Ed on Precision Medicine

My favorite quote from President Obama’s Op Ed published in the Washington Post today is:

“By bringing together doctors and data like never before, precision medicine aims to deliver the right treatments in the right dosage at the right time — every time. It helps target the causes of a condition rather than just the symptoms. This is one of the greatest opportunities we’ve ever seen for new medical breakthroughs, but it only works if we collect enough information first.”

Would love to hear yours!

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