For expert intelligence clients, we looked into the key players pushing the neoantigen space forward. These are therapies that target specific proteins that exist solely on the surface of cancer cells (we’ll be doing a deep dive into how they work coming soon).
Expert intelligence clients can see a breakdown of who’s investing in the neoantigen space, the major players, and why it’s currently a hot focus area. See the research.
“Do you understand the words that are coming out of my record?”
Amazon released a piece of AWS software called Comprehend Medical at AWS:ReInvent. This is a HIPAA-eligible machine learning service that allows developers to process unstructured text data and parse it out into structured fields. The below example is cherry-picked but gives a good sense on how it theoretically might work (data itself, type of data, whether it’s personal health information or not, etc.)
The above example is cherry-picked, and some initial experiments with the software seem to result in some weird tagging or disease identifications. Getting this right 100% is going to be very tricky, and more likely than not will still require a level of last-mile structuring by a person in many cases.
But this does seem like a pretty clear shot to EMRs. As we said in our Amazon + Healthcare report, it would make the most sense for Amazon to backwards integrate into EMRs by developing layers on top of it. By increasing the usability and controlling the interface, they can then use that as a wedge to rebuild the EMR. This seems to be a first step in that direction. The evolving question is how EMRs choose to respond to this: close off even more, rebuild their product, or try to become more third-party friendly?
Additionally, this is yet another HIPAA eligible service that Amazon has rolled out for developers. I looked at the AWS HIPAA eligible service page last year vs. this year.
The number of services offered in 2017 was 25. This year it’s 92. With Comprehend Medical, the company is moving deeper into the healthcare services space with algorithms tuned specifically for the sector. With more and more of these software packages becoming healthcare friendly, digital health companies will find it easier to spin up and outsource functions to AWS.
To learn more about the differing cloud computing strategies, we compared AWS vs. other cloud service providers in terms of their strategy. See the research here.
P.S. A few CB Insights members will be at J.P. Morgan’s Healthcare event in San Francisco in January 2019. Please tell me where the cool kids hang out because I’ve never been good at figuring this out.