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  • Julie Barnes

January 20, 2023

Maverick's Update

Only What Matters in Health Information Policy

Watching stories unfold when you know how they end is weirdly fascinating. This week, we stayed glued to the screen during two movies based on real-life -- Women Talking and The Fabelmans. Both movies, which otherwise should never be compared to each other, are fictionalized accounts of the emotional turmoil and challenges faced by real life characters that occur before the story that we already know. Right now, it feels like we are living through the backstory about the use of artificial intelligence in healthcare. We wish we knew how this story was going to end, as we discuss below in the One Thoughtful Paragraph.

Other news this week about health information policy that we hope will have a happy ending:

  • The HHS Office of National Coordinator of Health Information Technology released the Draft United States Core Data for Interoperability (USCDI) Version 4, which adds 20 new data elements and “facility Information” as a new data class. Comments are due April 17, 2023. More here.

  • Health Gorilla’s recently released 2023 State of Interoperability report is an interesting reflection of the current state of health data exchange. It highlights the impact of multiple federal policy initiatives, including interoperability and information blocking rules, TEFCA, and FHIR APIs.

  • A report published by Philips details the top ten healthcare technology trends experts expect in 2023, including using AI to address workforce shortages and increased use of patient monitoring.

One Thoughtful Paragraph

Steven Spielberg turned out ok, but even if only part of The Fabelmans movie is an accurate reflection of his childhood, then it wasn’t clear that his story was going to have a happy ending. We are equally curious about how healthcare AI is going to turn out. Like Steven Spielberg, healthcare AI models are having a rough start, but hold so much promise. We only have one thoughtful paragraph here for an enormous topic (maybe check out the “reproducibility crisis” in otherwise promising AI clinical models in this article), but we will focus on the big news of the week involving “chatbots.” Even the world leaders at Davos seem to be taken by the Microsoft-Google-Open AI discussion about how this tech that sounds like an extra-helpful human will dominate our society soon. The shiniest object this week is ChatGPT, which just passed the U.S. Medical Licensing exam. For now, we turn you to this thoughtful NPR piece about how chatbot therapy may, or may not, help solve our mental health crisis. Maybe by the time this story ends, AI chatbots will be making their own movies and they can ask Steven Spielberg to direct?

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