Greg Freiherr currently reports on medical issues for magazines and websites, and consults for vendors of medical equipment. He serves as U.S. consulting editor for Diagnostic Imaging Europe, contributing editor for Imaging Technology News, and contributing editor for the Smithsonian’s Air & Space magazine. Mr. Freiherr has recently served as a consultant to Siemens Healthcare, Carestream Health, Abbott Laboratories and JP Morgan. He has also served as features editor for Oncology News International, business and technology editor for Diagnostic Imaging magazine, editor of the online newsletter DI SCAN, and contributing editor to Medscape.

Freiherr has reported for more than 30 years on developments in medical technology ranging from in vitro and in vivo diagnostics to drug and radiation therapies, working initially as a contributing editor for a variety of magazines and serving with a private consulting firm in the Washington, D.C. area for components of the National Institutes of Health, notably the National Cancer Institute and National Center for Research Resources.

Through his own firm, he has consulted for global corporations, including Siemens, Carestream, GE, Bracco Diagnostics and Toshiba. He has also consulted for such public agencies as NASA; academia including the Harvard Medical School and The Wistar Institute; and private financial concerns, including Merrill Lynch and Chemical Bank. He has contributed as an industry expert for trade publications, the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. Early in his career he was a deputy division director of a government contracting firm that held multiple contracts with the NIH, FDA, and EPA. He holds a bachelor of science degree from the UW-Madison.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Greg Freiherr and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

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Healthcare Meets IT

How to build a better, safer artificial intelligence

A new kind of artificial intelligence is emerging, one that amplifies human abilities, turning groups into super-experts. Early medical studies support claims that this new technology, called swarm AI, is more effective than individual experts. What’s more, it is safer than making smart machines that might one day become smarter than people.
December 22, 2015
Healthcare Meets IT

How AI will take over health IT

Artificial intelligence is after our jobs. And those in health IT will be the first to go.
November 16, 2015
Healthcare Meets IT

Thinking algorithm ready to take on conventional medicine

An algorithm built by a San Francisco startup soon will begin using images archived at operating at imaging centers to teach itself to spot the signs of disease. If it succeeds, medicine will never be the same.
November 6, 2015
Healthcare Meets IT

How Big Data can help save $400 billion in healthcare costs

Massive volumes of data are being collected on patients. This data is the raw material for making tools that could make patient handling more efficient and effective, improving patient outcomes and saving hundreds of billions of dollars in the process.
October 16, 2015
Healthcare Meets IT

The centaurs of clinical decision support

The idea behind CDS is as noble as its potential benefit is great. But there are also dangers. What happens if providers become dependent on automatic alerts that don’t come? How many 'non-alerts' will it take before their absence is noticed? How many patients will not get the care they need?
October 2, 2015
Healthcare Meets IT

The 3 essentials of clinical decision support

Clinical Decision Support tools will play an increasingly important tole in Health IT. Here's what you need to know for these tools to succeed now and in the future.
September 18, 2015
Healthcare Meets IT

From Hillary to Ashley, black hats turn gray

Hacking medical records promises greater rewards than purely financial ones. The threat has grown worse over the last several years. In the future, telling the bad guys from the good may get tougher.
September 8, 2015
Healthcare Meets IT

OnlyBoth cracks big data wide open

The benchmarking engine, OnlyBoth, uses 'discovery algorithms' to ferret out unique aspects of persons, places or things in a database; compares them to others in the database; then describes results in natural language. The engine discovers how organizations are doing, where they could improve, and what's best in class.
August 31, 2015
Healthcare Meets IT

How IBM’s deal to acquire Merge could transform health IT

A bid made early this month by IBM to acquire Merge Healthcare could radically change the practice of medicine. Its effects might take shape through the first practical applications of artificial intelligence -- not in the diagnosis of disease, at least not at first, but in the streamlining of care.
August 19, 2015