Today, healthcare and technology have fully merged, delivering the capability to collect and analyze data that can be leveraged to improve patient care.
TPC helps community-based health systems achieve large-system value. Through partnership, hospitals work collaboratively in key areas to achieve exponentially more together. Brett Stuebinger, Director of Sourcing at TPC, recently commented on the current state of IT in healthcare, summing it up in one word—complex.
“Technology has been integrated into healthcare in many applications. This has driven the need for hospitals to improve their IT infrastructure while also balancing costs. Data is what is driving the investment. It enables cost-effective healthcare,” Brett shared.
While the influx of AI-enabled technology in healthcare is becoming more prevalent, there have been some bumps in the road with products not delivering what was expected. However, that’s changing, and investment is booming.
“Data in healthcare is about having the right information in a timely manner so that clinicians can make the best decisions for patient care. AI is enabling this, and we are seeing our community hospitals respond to this, so it’s not just the large hospitals using this technology,” Brett added.
So how can AI and the data surrounding it be capitalized on to help patients?
While there are many areas in the healthcare industry that can benefit from AI integration, Brett highlighted its potential influence in reducing a patient’s length of stay.
“One big challenge that providers need to solve is reducing the length of stay. Hospitals are investing in technology to impact this. With lots of data coming from many sources, AI can read unstructured data and look for correlations. This can offer clinicians the ability to intervene early because early warning indicators can be sourced,” Brett remarked.
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