Healthcare Analytics at the Spinal Cord Injury Network Thought Leadership Forum

The Spinal Cord Injury Network is advocating for a National Registry of persons with Spinal Cord Injuries. I had the privilege of attending and presenting at their Thought Leadership forum held on the 15th of November  2016. While most presenters were coming from a healthcare practitioner background, I brought my perspective on Healthcare Analytics, enabled by some great support from the team at Microsoft.

What is the Spinal Cord Injury Network National Registry?

A key aim of the Spinal Network is to Support the establishment of the SpinalCARE Registry which would track persons affected by Spinal Cord injuries at a national level. At the forum I was fortunate enough to hear from Dr Philip Clayton (Consultant Nephrologist at Royal Adelaide hospital) and Dr Ralph Stanford (Orthopaedic and Spinal Surgeon) on the value these kinds of registries bring. By enabling longitudinal studies of patient outcomes, often long after the patients have taken part in RCT‘s, they have been able to improve patient outcomes by the deeper insights available by having greater amounts of data that can be  connected through a common registry.

Dr Philip Clayton

Dr Philip Clayton

The Role of Healthcare Analytics

Fortunately – given the vastly more experienced subject matter experts in the room – the objective of my presentation was oriented towards showcasing what is becoming possible from a technological perspective as outcomes of Healthcare Analytics. This was a great opportunity to share what I think is one of the most amazing applications of the Cortana Suite I have seen this year, the “Seeing AI project”:

In addition to the amazing work of Saqib, I also got to talk about the proactive healthcare management solutions being offered by ImagineCare which are also very Azure / Cortana driven:

These two examples really demonstrate the art of the possible, and how Data and IT are offering amazing opportunities to improve lives.

I hope my contribution has managed to further the establishment of this worthwhile registry. It was great to see from some of the other presenters how similar registries have transformed patient outcomes through the healthcare analytics they have enabled.