The Richest Doctor Ever to Speak at American Telemedicine Association 2015
Patrick Soon-Shiong, MD, a world-renowned physician, surgeon, scientist and entrepreneur, will deliver a keynote address at ATA 2015, the American Telemedicine Association's (ATA) 20th Annual Telemedicine Meeting and Trade Show and world’s largest telemedicine, telehealth and mHealth meeting.
“Dr. Soon-Shiong’s accomplishments, experience and vision will inspire attendees to find creative solutions within their own organizations that improve the accessibility and quality of remote medical care delivery,” said Jonathan Linkous, CEO of ATA.
Dr. Soon-Shiong’s latest business venture, NantWorks, promises to revolutionize and modernize the healthcare system by combining science and technology in new and innovative ways to improve patient outcomes. The organization is comprised of an ecosystem of companies developed to create a transformative global health information and next generation pharmaceutical development network, for the secure sharing of genetic and medical information - empowering doctors to treat patients with proven precision at the first point of care and, ultimately, improving the lives of individuals, everywhere. He has pioneered novel therapies for both diabetes and cancer, published more than 100 scientific papers and has over 95 issued patents on groundbreaking medical advancements. Dr. Soon-Shiong, part owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, has been recognized by Forbes as the wealthiest American in the healthcare industry and the wealthiest man in Los Angeles.
Dr. Soon-Shiong and other visionaries will share their expertise on a range of innovative remote healthcare delivery topics. Other keynote speakers include Yulun Wang, PhD, President of ATA and CEO of InTouch Health; Reed V. Tuckson, MD, ATA President-Elect, Managing Director of Tuckson Health Connections, and former Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs at UnitedHealth Group; and LTG (Ret.) James Peake, MD, ATA Vice President, President of CGI Federal and Former U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
For over 20 years, the ATA Annual International Meeting & Trade Show has been the premier forum for healthcare professionals and entrepreneurs in the telemedicine, telehealth and mHealth space.
This year's meeting will take place May 2-5, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The world-class, peer reviewed program will include over 500 educational sessions and posters, highlighting the latest innovations, applications and delivery models in telemedicine. The expansive exhibit hall will host over 250 of the leading vendors with groundbreaking remote healthcare technologies and services. Learn more and register at www.ATA2015.org
Getting ready for cloud data-driven healthcare
As healthcare continues to recognise the value of data and digital transformation, many organisations are relying on the cloud to make their future-forward and data-centric thinking a reality. In fact, the global healthcare cloud computing market was valued at approximately $18 billion and is expected to generate around $61 billion USD by 2025.
At the forefront of these changes is the rapid adoption of cloud-based, or software-as-a-service (SaaS), applications. These apps can be used to handle patient interactions, track prescriptions, care, billing and more, and the insights derived from this important data can vastly improve operations, procurement and courses of treatment. However, before healthcare organisations can begin to dream about a true data-driven future, they have to deal with a data-driven dilemma: compliance.
Meeting regulation requirements
It’s no secret that healthcare is a highly regulated industry when it comes to data and privacy – and rightfully so. Patient records contain extremely sensitive data that, if changed or erased, could cost someone their life. This is why healthcare systems rely on legacy technologies, like Cerner and Epic EHRs, to manage patient information – the industry knows the vendors put an emphasis on making them as secure as possible.
Yet when SaaS applications are introduced and data starts being moved into them, compliance gets complicated. For example, every time a new application is introduced into an organisation, that organisation must have the vendor complete a BAA (Business Associate Agreement). This agreement essentially puts the responsibility for the safety of patients’ information — maintaining appropriate safeguards and complying with regulations — on the vendor.
However, even with these agreements in place, healthcare systems still are at risk of failing to meet compliance requirements. To comply with HIPAA, U.S. Food and Drug Administration 21 CFR Part 11 and other regulations that stipulate the need to exercise best practices to keep electronic patient data safe, healthcare organisations must maintain comprehensive audit trails – something that gets increasingly difficult when data sits in an application that resides in the vendor’s infrastructure.
Additionally, data often does not stay in the applications – instead healthcare users download, save and copy it into other business intelligence tools, creating data sprawl across the organisation and exposing patient privacy to greater risk.
With so many of these tools that are meant to spur growth and more effective care creating compliance challenges, it begs the question: how can healthcare organisations take advantage of the data they have without risking non-compliance?
Yes, healthcare organisations can adhere to regulations while also getting valuable insights from the wealth of data they have available. However, to help do this, organisations must own their data. This means data must be backed up and stored in an environment that they have control over, rather than in the SaaS vendors’ applications.
Backing up historical SaaS application data directly from an app into an organisation’s own secure cloud infrastructure, such as AWS or Microsoft Azure, makes it easier, and less costly, to maintain a digital chain of custody – or a trail of the different touchpoints of data. This not only increases the visibility and auditability of that data, but organisations can then set appropriate controls around who can access the data.
Likewise, having data from these apps located in one central, easily accessible location can decrease the number of copies floating around an organisation, reducing the surface area of exposure while also making it easier for organisations to securely pull data into business intelligence tools.
When healthcare providers have unfettered access to all their historical data, the possibilities for growth and insights are endless. For example, having ownership and ready access to authorised data can help organisations further implement and support outcome-based care. Insights enabled by this data will help inform diagnoses, prescriptions, treatment plans and more, which benefits not only the patient, but the healthcare ecosystem as a whole.
To keep optimising and improving care, healthcare systems must take advantage of new tools like SaaS applications. By backing up and owning their historical SaaS application data, they can do so while minimising the risk to patient privacy or compliance requirements. Having this ownership and access can propel healthcare organisations to be more data-driven – creating better outcomes for everyone.