We see machine learning applied in a lot of business these days, from optimal search engine results to shopping recommendations. When IBM Watson won “Jeopardy!” against humans, it marked the beginning of a new era in artificial intelligence, where machines don’t just pull answers from a vast set of available resources but can analyze and process the information within a really short period of time. The healthcare industry is no stranger to machine learning. For example, Google’s machine learning algorithm is now detecting breast cancer with an 89% accuracy, when compared to 73% for a pathologist.
As a care coordinator, my daily conversations with clients usually revolve around care management – following up on clinic referrals, medication management, disease management education, etc. However, many of our recent conversations have centered on their anxieties about the future of Medicaid. Some of our clients are so anxious that even the simple act of watching news coverage about Medicaid reform can incite a panic attack.
Most PCIC clients have lived through traumatic experiences or are burdened with stressful situations and environments. Add these factors to their multiple complex illnesses. Unfortunately, some mental illnesses are better addressed outside of the Emergency Room. We teach our clients to recognize the importance of mental health and how it can affect physical well-being, and we encourage them to seek help if needed.
Computer security is the act of protecting computer systems from theft or damage to hardware, software or information, and disruption or misdirection of their services. Many systems are under constant threat of hacking, ranging from individual mobile phones to large establishments. In this post, we will focus on one of the methods used to protect sensitive data – Authentication.
PCIC works with clients who often have multiple unmanaged chronic physical illnesses, as Andy explained in a previous blog post. Oftentimes, these chronic physical illnesses are also linked to mental health conditions such as anxiety, panic attacks, and depression. To easily see the correlation between the two, let’s take a recent example from one of our clients:
"Data" is a critical piece of PCIC's day-to-day operation and is the foundation for all our analysis work. In this article, we take a look at one way to classify it – by the degree of organization of the data.
A disproportionate number of patients who suffer from severe mental illnesses (SMI) such as bipolar or schizophrenia rely on the ER for care. The PCIC intervention team strives to help improve the overall health of these patients by coordinating their care.
What is DevOps? It's what started as a buzzword and quickly transformed into a movement. DevOps is the union of development and operation teams at every step of the work cycle. DevOps originated as a means to break down walls that hinder production. Previously, software development teams would work separate from operations teams. This allowed for issues with long deployment cycles and inflexibility. Now with the merge of development and operations, it has evolved into a culture promoting collaboration and autonomy.
Imagine being so sick that you visit the emergency room at least ten times or are admitted to a hospital at least four times within a single year. This extreme utilization, combined with at least two chronic health conditions, meets the eligibility requirements for PCIC’s intensive case management program. However, many of our clients far exceed these requirements.
Back in 2004, I started working on a project to build the first web based electronic medical record system in the country, with Jim Turley, RN, PhD – an amazing bioinformatics expert and Dr. Buck (David) – who was then the President at HealthCare for the Homeless - Houston. This was part of my graduate school thesis work, trying to figure out workflow models and data entry flows that worked best for street outreach.