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NUHS Adopts NVIDIA’s AI System for Real-time Data Streaming

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Singapore’s National University Health System has built its AI production platform based on NVIDIA’s universal system for AI infrastructure.

According to a press statement, the NVIDIA DGX A100 runs at the core of the hospital group’s Endeavour AI platform to enable real-time predictions on diagnosis, progression of diseases, readmissions, risk of falls and others. It is running with five petaFLOPS (five quadrillion floating-point operations per second) of AI performance, making it possible to process various AI workloads in a single platform.

The system will also be integrated into the NUHS’ Discovery AI training platform to form a complete training and inference system.

WHY IT MATTERS

Dr Ngiam Kee Yuan, group chief technology officer at NUHS, said they needed NVIDIA GPUs for high speed and large volume inference processing. They would immediately run out of processing speed if they rely only on CPUs, he stressed.

NVIDIA’s technology also enables the AI tools in the Endeavour AI system to run quickly in the background to absorb data on a daily basis. “We are building a platform that enables multiple projects to run… Without the GPU, we cannot do a lot of these things,” Dr Ngiam explained. The Endeavour AI streams data and runs microservices that process all streaming data and produce outputs in real-time. It has the capacity to handle up to 150 projects, including those that involve structured medical data and text-based medical data for generating chatbots.

NVIDIA powering the Endeavour AI has led to an improvement in patient interactions with AI-powered chatbots, especially in appointment making; enhanced accuracy and speed of images, x-rays, scans processing for radiologists; and automated predictions “without even needing to click a button” while doctors are being alerted of at-risk patients. “These are tangible realities and outcomes that we expected when Endeavour AI went live,” Dr Ngiam said.

THE LARGER TREND

In a recent interview with Healthcare IT News, Dr Ngiam, who serves as the chief advisor to the NUHS Centre for Innovation in Healthcare, mentioned that in the next few years, they wanted to deploy and scale AI tools currently under research in clinical practice. After launching Discovery AI earlier, the NUHS rolled out its Endeavour AI platform.

Recently, the NUHS employed four applications from California-based enterprise data company TIBCO Software – BusinessWorks, Streaming, Messaging, and Spotfire – to support the integration of real-time medical data from EMR systems.

Speaking about personalised information, Dr Ngiam advised during a keynote session at the HIMSS21 APAC Conference, that all information needs to come together and not just be stored in silos that do not interact with each other.

ON THE RECORD

“There are many demands on healthcare these days and we are undertaking a digital transformation throughout the cluster. In the centre of our digital transformation is the use of AI. Advances in healthcare require great compute resources, and NVIDIA DGX A100 delivers easy access to performance needed to aid a world-class hospital,” Dr Ngiam shared.

“NVIDIA DGX A100 lets NUHS consolidate training, inference and analytics into a unified AI infrastructure. It will provide the computing power to help the hospital group achieve operational and scientific breakthroughs in the healthcare sector, benefitting clinicians and patients in Singapore,” said Dennis Ang, director of enterprise business for Southeast Asia and Australia-New Zealand Regions at NVIDIA.

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PatientBond, Vizient Team up for Digital Behavior Change Tools

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Patient engagement SaaS provider PatientBond and healthcare performance improvement and analytics company Vizient are partnering up to provide Vizient member healthcare organizations with digital patient engagement and behavior change programs.

WHY IT MATTERSPatientBond’s digital engagement workflows can be personalized with psychographic insights, with the aim of activating patient behaviors and driving improved patient engagement and outcomes.

Through the partnership, Vizient’s customer base, which includes academic medical centers, pediatric facilities, and community hospitals, will offer programming including care gap closures, condition specific messaging, screenings and appointment reminders and appropriate use communications.

The aim of the programs is to reduce hospital readmissions and improve digital health risk assessments.

Other programs included in the deal will provide psychographically segmented marketing campaigns to advance patient/member activation, as well as patient and physician matching or find a doctor services based on psychographic insights.

The deal will also provide extensive market research insights and dynamic payment reminders for partners.

THE LARGER TRENDPatient-reported outcomes are a critical way to assess the ongoing state of patient health and satisfaction, and a growing number of digital tools are helping them do so.

The financial upside for care providers is also noteworthy: Jackson Hospital significantly improved its finances with digital patient engagement tools, switching from letters and phone calls to automated emails and text messages along with some help from analytics.

At Rush University Medical Center, the hospital has deployed similar digital tools to reduce the strain of avoidable readmissions and ED recidivism when resources already were at capacity.

Last year, Cardinal Health announced the launch of a digital patient engagement platform aimed at addressing medication adherence challenges – a significant issue for the health industry and patients.

In 2019, Vizient collaborated with Civica Rx on provider needs analytics data to reduce Rx costs. By providing insights into purchasing patterns and provider needs through its analytics and data capabilities, Vizient helped Civica Rx anticipate gaps in drug availability and affordability.

ON THE RECORD“PatientBond brings consumer science and dynamic intervention technologies to healthcare with unmatched clinical and business results,” said PatientBond CEO Justin Dearborn in a statement. “Vizient’s member healthcare organizations can benefit from PatientBond’s personalized patient engagement at scale with proven and consistent results.”

Nathan Eddy is a healthcare and technology freelancer based in Berlin.Email the writer: nathaneddy@gmail.comTwitter: @dropdeaded209

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LifePoint Health Inks Data Deal With Health Catalyst

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Brentwood, Tennessee-based LifePoint Health has entered a new collaboration with Health Catalyst and will use its analytics technologies to help bolster care quality, lower costs and improve population health management.

WHY IT MATTERSLifePoint Health will integrate Health Catalyst’s data operating system and analytics tools to gather performance metrics and drive improvements in healthcare quality, reporting and operational and financial decision-making.

By discovering and sharing clinical data, the partnership will help reduce variation in clinical outcomes. Health Catalyst’s tools dovetail with LifePoint’s national quality and facility recognition program goals to measurably improve patient care, safety and satisfaction as well as improve access and lower costs, according to the company.

In addition to the cloud-based data platform, LifePoint will use Health Catalyst’s analyzer, insights, AI, patient safety monitoring and data entry applications. The suite of tools can help increase organizational speed and interoperability, according to Health Catalyst.

THE LARGER TREND

While healthcare organizations are just beginning to scratch the surface of using data to drive improvements, according to Health Catalyst President Patrick Nelli, the company’s strategic acquisitions have provided them with the ability to customize software and services around core care systems.

One of them was its purchase earlier this year of KPI Ninja, whose event-driven data processing capabilities complement Health Catalyst’s own platform, enabling customers to build new services and operational tools around their core care systems.

LifePoint, meanwhile, has been making acquisitions of its own, such as its June 2021 addition of specialty hospital company Kindred Healthcare, with an eye toward a delivery network that taps into Kindred’s specialty hospital and rehabilitative expertise and its behavioral health platform.

ON THE RECORD“The Health Catalyst DOS platform, along with our technology product suites and applications, and improvement expertise, will best position LifePoint Health to achieve, sustain and scale the highest standards of care across its network,” said Health Catalyst CEO Dan Burton in a statement this week.

Andrea Fox is senior editor of Healthcare IT News.Email: afox@himss.orgHealthcare IT News is a HIMSS publication.

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Fifteen Months for Domestic Worker Who Stole Jewellery

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On Thursday, a Palma court sentenced a domestic worker to fifteen months for the theft of jewellery from her employer, a woman in her eighties.

Between 2015 and the end of 2020, the 45-year-old Chilean worked two days a week at the woman’s home in Sa Indioteria, Palma. Over that period, she stole various items of jewellery. The woman only realised this at the end of 2020, which was when she reported the matter to the National Police.

The police established that these items, which included watches, rings and bracelets, were sold in gold-buying establishments in Palma. The woman later verified that these were hers. As well as the jewellery, a hearing aid was stolen.

In January 2021, the domestic worker was arrested. Described as being in an “irregular situation” in Spain, her lawyer obtained agreement for the sentence to be suspended so long as a sum of 10,700 euros is paid over three years, at a rate of 297 euros per month, and she does not commit another crime during this period.

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