Anthem Inc’s new IT hub will support its growing consumer healthcare focus
Anthem Inc’s move to build a new IT hub to support its growing healthcare focus is something of no surprise to those situated in Atlanta. Bringing up to 2,000 new IT related jobs to the region, the technology hub will ultimately aim to drive down healthcare costs through new technologies and processes to improve and implement high quality, patient centered care.
Encompassing over 20 storeys, the development will be located at Tech Square and is set to be built at the beginning of 2018, taking two years to complete.
“For more than 75 years, Anthem companies have invested in the Georgia workforce. Atlanta has become known as an innovation hotbed, with research facilities, incubators and start-ups in a highly concentrated area,” said Tom Miller, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Anthem Inc.
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“We are thrilled to announce this collaboration with Portman Holdings in the construction of this ultramodern building that is designed to inspire cooperation and creativity and enable us to work smarter in an effort to transform healthcare through modernisation, digitisation, and innovation with the ultimate goal of delivering a better, more personalised experience for members of Anthem’s affiliated health plans,” he added.
“We’re looking forward to opportunities for partnerships that help transform health care and support exceptional consumer experiences. Additionally, this allows us to tap into the IT talent pipeline in this state.”
The new hub will support the development of new technologies to support patients in the delivery of disease management and the treatment of long-term conditions. Linking with the rise of health wearables, Anthem will also tap into this market and support patients who wish to take further control over their healthcare needs through the development of healthcare apps and services.
Skin Analytics wins NHSX award for AI skin cancer tool
An artificial intelligence-driven tool that identifies skin cancers has received an award from NHSX, the NHS England and Department of Health and Social Care's initiative to bring technology into the UK's national health system.
NHSX has granted the Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award to DERM, an AI solution that can identify 11 types of skin lesion.
Developed by Skin Analytics, DERM analyses images of skin lesions using algorithms. Within primary care, Skin Analytics will be used as an additional tool to help doctors with their decision making.
In secondary care, it enables AI telehealth hubs to support dermatologists with triage, directing patients to the right next step. This will help speed up diagnosis, and patients with benign skin lesions can be identified earlier, redirecting them away from dermatology departments that are at full capacity due to the COVID-19 backlog.
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DERM is already in use at University Hospitals Birmingham and Mid and South Essex Health & Care Partnership, where it has led to a significant reduction in unnecessary referrals to hospital.
Now NHSX have granted it the Phase 4 AI in Health and Care Award, making DERM available to clinicians across the country. Overall this award makes £140 million available over four years to accelerate the use of artificial intelligence technologies which meet the aims of the NHS Long Term Plan.
Dr Lucy Thomas, Consultant Dermatologist at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, said: “Skin Analytics’ receipt of this award is great news for the NHS and dermatology departments. It will allow us to gather real-world data to demonstrate the benefits of AI on patient pathways and workforce challenges.
"Like many services, dermatology has severe backlogs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This award couldn't have come at a better time to aid recovery and give us more time with the patients most in need of our help.”