OCTOBER 16-18, 2019



October 17-19, 2018 | Boston, MA

Patient Care & Analytics Q&A with Intel's Wendy Bohner

What are your thoughts on the state of patient care today?

Patient care is increasingly connected. Technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) are enabling us to capture and analyze bedside data that used to be lost. For example, data is being collected from ventilators and blood pressure cuffs. Real-time analytics and monitoring ultimately provide a more holistic view of patient well-being.

What are the challenges faced by the healthcare industry in assimilating and using the massive amounts of patient information that can now be collected?

Today, legacy devices are being connected, while newer devices have connectivity built-in. We're now able to collect and analyze waveform data, which is a continuous flow of information that can provide a comprehensive view of patient care in an acute care setting or hospital. We are time-syncing the data and normalizing it so that it can be used to make treatment decisions, and predict potentially adverse events.

Is the analysis automated?

That’s the goal with machine learning artificial intelligence (AI) being used to process the data and to surface insights.

What innovations is Intel driving in regard to data analytics for the healthcare industry?

Intel is currently working with partners that are collecting data at the bedside and surfacing insights. One of our partners is Ambient Clinical Analytics, which has developed a solution for identifying sepsis. Sepsis is a huge problem in hospitals, and difficult for patients to recover from. Using AI to pinpoint patients at risk can reduce in-hospital mortality by collecting data in a continuous manner and running analytics on that information - algorithms can be used to identify the signs that a patient is close to going into septic shock.

How is intel helping third-party companies develop these platforms?

Healthcare technology, in general, is relying on smaller devices, better connectivity, and artificial intelligence. Intel helps make those technologies that doctors are relying on scalable, secure, reliable, and easy to maintain. Intel servers, for example, include operational software that runs multiple servers, which means they back each other up. This infrastructure, at the edge, enables the kind of high-performance solutions required for real-time patient care.

Going beyond patient care, what does this mean for health care providers and administrators?

One of the primary benefits is in enabling what is known as alarm management. Technology, including automation, is helping to reduce alarm fatigue, improving workflows, and supporting a more efficient delivery of services. For example, better alarm management helps nurses. They can monitor patients remotely, which enables them to see what is happening at the bedside while they are physically in another location. Also, because patient data is more reliable than ever before, healthcare providers have more confidence that alarms correlate with real problems.

What does technology mean from a patient perspective?

Technology is helping healthcare providers be more proactive, and that’s a big deal for patients. Patients aren’t necessarily aware of the automated monitors or the doctors watching them, but these new solutions are saving lives.

What's ahead for healthcare as more and more data becomes actionable?  

Another Intel partner, Bernoulli, has a respiratory depression solution that is FDA-approved. It notifies medical staff when respiratory depression is imminent. We’re going to see more platforms that analyze patient data in real-time so that doctors can test-out their own models. and improve treatment protocols. For instance, another partner, Intermountain Healthcare, had a hunch that if they treated all the women that were in the maternity ward with a certain protocol, it would improve their recovery times. Analyzing outcome data proved their theory was correct.  Having access to the acute care data provides doctors with a way to assess which treatment protocols are the most effective in any given situation.

Why is real-time responsiveness so important?

A patient’s status can change quickly. Sending all of their waveform data up to the cloud for analysis isn't feasible in terms of response time. What is needed is analysis at the edge, and Intel is providing that infrastructure.

What other benefits does technology offer to hospitals and healthcare providers?

A single death from a financial perspective is extremely expensive, particularly when lawsuits occur. Avoiding these critical life and death situations can save millions of dollars for hospitals, while improving patient outcomes. That’s a win-win for everyone.

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