Clinical IT solutions provider announces support for Microsoft Corp's HDInsight
Ascribe has announced that it is supporting Microsoft Corp’s HDInsight in healthcare. HDInsight is Microsoft’s distribution of Apache Hadoop for the Windows Azure and Windows server platforms.
Through this support, the leading provider of clinical IT solutions will provide health and social care professionals with real-time analysis of large volumes of data, enabling clinicians to make better informed clinical and operational decisions to improve the safety, quality and cost-effectiveness of care.
Microsoft HDInsight is an enterprise-ready Hadoop service, based on the Hortonworks Data Platform, that enables customers to seamlessly store and process data of all types, including structured, unstructured, and real-time data in order to achieve rich insights and drive the operational efficiencies.
The technology can process large volumes of data from disparate data sources, in the different formats in closer to real-time so the information can be used to improve the business and clinical efficiency and quality.
Ascribe has agreed to work with Microsoft on this technology in the health and social care sector.
Paul Henderson, Head of Ascribe’s Business and Clincial Intelligence division said, “Ascribe are delighted to have been selected to participate in the programme.” Mr. Paul also said, “Many healthcare organisations have good business and clinical intelligence based on their clinical systems, however there is still knowledge locked away in case notes and other text, which would be useful if only they could get at it, in an efficient way. If you add the data generated by patients and the public using social media – either about them personally or their environment – then you have huge volumes of insightful data. The challenge is sifting it to find the golden pieces of knowledge that make a difference to the way we work. We believe that the Microsoft platform is uniquely placed to address this problem and are very much looking forward to participating in the programme.”
From trust-wide EPR solutions through to individual departmental clinical systems and services, Ascribe delivers IT solutions that cater to all secondary care clinical requirements.
Jvion launches AI-powered map to tackle mental health crisis
Clinical AI company Jvion has launched an interactive map of the US that highlights areas that are most vulnerable to poor mental health.
The Behavioral Health Vulnerability Map uses Jvion's AI CORE™ software to analyse public data on social determinants of health (SDOH) and determine the vulnerability of every US Census block group.
Vulnerability refers to the likelihood that residents will experience issues like self-harm, suicide attempts or overdoses. The map also identifies the most influential social determinants in each region, to show the social and environmental conditions that contribute to mental illness.
As an example, the map shows that Harrison County in Mississippi has a 50% higher suicide rate than the rest of the state. It also shows a high percentage of individuals in the armed forces at a time when active duty suicides are at a six-year high, along with a high prevalence of coronary artery disease, arthritis, and COPD, all chronic illnesses that are linked to a higher suicide risk.
The map also shows Harrison County has a high percentage of Vietnamese Americans, who studies suggest have high rates of depression and may be less likely to seek help from mental health professionals.
The map was built using the same data and analytics that Jvion used to create the COVID Community Vulnerability Map, which was launched towards the start of the pandemic.
With this new map, Jvion is aiming to tackle the growing mental health crisis in the US. “At a time when so many Americans are struggling with their mental health, we’re proud to offer a tool that can help direct treatment resources to the communities that need it most,” said Dr John Showalter, MD, Jvion’s chief product officer, who led the development of the map.
“For too long, the healthcare industry has struggled to address social determinants of health, particularly in the context of behavioural health. Our hope is that by surfacing the social and environmental vulnerabilities of America’s communities, we can better coordinate our response to the underlying conditions that impact the health and wellbeing of people everywhere.”