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Emerging technologies’ impact on the future of healthcare delivery

By Cristina Calabrese, Content Producer at Arcadia
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AI and advanced analytics help healthcare organizations draw insights to make impactful decisions. These technologies equip doctors with sophisticated tools to efficiently analyze complex medical data. In turn, patients experience quicker, more precise diagnoses, leading to better health outcomes.

This article covers insights from Episode 5 of the series Unlocking Big Data. Dr. John Halamka, President of Mayo Clinic Platform at Mayo Clinic, and Michael Meucci, President and CEO at Arcadia, discuss how adopting AI and advanced analytics can improve healthcare delivery.

The strategic importance of data analytics in healthcare

A recent study by HIMSS Market Insights surveyed more than 100 healthcare leaders. The study revealed that most healthcare leaders know that data is critical for better care. These leaders also feel that data analytics platforms are critical to adopting new tools, such as artificial intelligence. The healthcare industry has been collecting and sharing data with these tools. Now, the challenge is to turn this data into useful insights and make informed decisions.

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We’ve done a great job as an industry in capturing and making data available through interfaces. Now it’s about drawing insights from that data and then using it to make real decisions.

Michael Meucci
President and CEO at Arcadia

Artificial intelligence is a growing technology in healthcare data, with new innovations like AI-driven diagnostics and treatment plans. Many organizations are trying to use data analytics platforms to leverage AI to make better decisions.

How AI is reshaping healthcare

Big Tech companies are pioneering efforts to revolutionize personal health management. They are developing AI-driven technologies to place personal health records into our pockets. This aims to empower individuals by helping them become better advocates for their own health. By integrating real-time notifications, these technologies can inform users about potential lifestyle modifications.


Technology is attacking not only [healthcare] access and reducing care disparities and bias in care delivery, but it's also helping to attack affordability, which we desperately need to do as a society.

Michael Meucci
President and CEO at Arcadia

These technologies can potentially extend patient longevity and enhance the quality of life. As the global population ages, the strain on healthcare delivery intensifies. New technologies, including AI-driven triage systems, are emerging as essential solutions. They ensure timely and appropriate care. This is especially true as traditional healthcare faces more demands.

AI at work: Real-world examples of medical breakthroughs

The Mayo Clinic has made significant strides in AI healthcare applications. Dr. John Halamka covers two breakthrough areas: early detection of colon cancer and improved gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy results.

Early detection of colon cancer:

The clinic developed an AI algorithm that can detect pancreatic cancer at stage zero — two years earlier than what is achievable by human clinicians. This breakthrough is crucial, given the projection that pancreatic cancer will become the third most common cancer by 2030. Early detection is vital because it enables treatment at a time when the disease is curable. This scenario is often not possible when detected at stage four using traditional methods.

Boosted GI endoscopy diagnoses:

AI is also transforming GI endoscopy by improving diagnosis accuracy. At Mayo Clinic, this technology, combined with medical professionals’ skills, has five times better diagnostic performance. It doesn’t replace human expertise, but enhances it. This leads to earlier diagnoses and boosts the chances of successful treatment. These advancements show AI’s potential to not only improve but also save lives by adding new technology to routine medical practices.

The future is bright for healthcare technology

Healthcare is increasingly influenced by technological innovations. These tools are becoming more integrated into everyday practices. AI will redefine specialists’ roles and lessen the reliance on traditional EHRs in the next five years.

AI is giving doctors advanced tools to efficiently analyze complex medical data. This allows them to diagnose illnesses more accurately and prescribe personalized treatment plans. Patients benefit from faster and more accurate diagnoses, leading to quicker recovery times and improved health outcomes.

Watch the full episode to learn more about how AI and data analytics are reducing costs and advancing patient care. Learn about Arcadia’s data analytics solutions — watch the demo.