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How healthcare AI technology might improve patient outcomes

Introduction

AI has become a popular buzzword that seems to be everywhere, and with new uses emerging every day, it's not hard to see why the technology is taking the healthcare industry by storm. Healthcare AI is being used in hospital rooms, in the EHR and in medical imaging systems for a variety of purposes that are ultimately geared toward improving patient care. An added benefit is that AI can be used to improve provider efficiency and productivity.

With groups like the American Medical Association effectively endorsing AI -- while advising caution as far as its design and implementation -- there is little doubt that providers should begin to pay attention to healthcare AI if they haven't been already. Despite the fact that some healthcare professionals like radiologists may be cautious of the technology because of its purported potential to replace them, AI can be a powerful ally when it comes to improving patient outcomes, ensuring that no stone is left unturned during the diagnostic process.

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Healthcare AI gains new ground in imaging

Artificial intelligence is increasingly finding its footing in medical imaging, but the technology hasn't exactly been welcomed with open arms. Many radiologists have mixed feelings about the use of AI for fear of being replaced, but combining human and machine elements can improve the efficiency of medical imaging and lead to better patient outcomes.

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Five potential uses of AI in radiology

Artificial intelligence can analyze medical images much faster than humans can, and can detect abnormalities that are hard to spot with the naked eye. Continue Reading

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AI takes center stage at RSNA 2017

At RSNA 2017, a professor of radiology at Stanford University sought to ease his colleagues by refuting the oft repeated fear that AI will replace radiologists. But he added a caveat for those who would shun the technology altogether. Continue Reading

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Value-based imaging aided by AI

The healthcare industry is moving toward value-based care, and medical imaging is no exception. AI enables the transition by making imaging more efficient and improving the quality of care. Continue Reading

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AI encourages patient engagement

Healthcare AI technology isn't confined to the four walls of a hospital. The use of AI in consumer devices like digital assistants can improve the patient experience and satisfaction even when the patient is at home.

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AI-based messaging enables patient engagement

Messaging platforms that utilize AI can help patients be more involved in their care by providing access to lab results or sending appointment and medication reminders. Continue Reading

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Alexa as a healthcare assistant improves patient experience

Amazon Alexa isn't just for checking the weather or playing music. When placed in hospital rooms, the digital assistant can improve patient satisfaction by providing access to the hospital directory or dietary system. Continue Reading

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AI as a patient education and coaching tool

A major benefit of healthcare AI for providers is the ability to monitor patients with chronic conditions no matter where they are. For patients, AI can act as a health coach. Continue Reading

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AI for patient data analysis

AI can be a boon to healthcare providers because of its ability to quickly analyze large volumes of data. AI can flag anything that seems out of the ordinary and send an alert to a flesh-and-blood physician for further review, and it can help providers recognize which patients may need more intervention post-discharge.

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Reduce readmissions with AI

Providers can use healthcare AI to better predict which patients have a high risk of being readmitted to the hospital and prioritize patients who may need further intervention after leaving the hospital. Continue Reading

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AI helps personalize patient discharge plans

AI can provide individualized discharge planning that fits the patient's circumstances and considers their environmental and socioeconomic factors. Continue Reading

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Healthcare AI has lifesaving benefits

AI has myriad uses for diagnostics, including detecting heart attack risk from retinal images and flagging mammograms for further review by a radiologist. Continue Reading

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AI tools help Florida hospital improve treatments

A community hospital in Florida uses an AI platform to analyze patient data and determine new care paths for conditions like sepsis and pneumonia. Continue Reading

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Healthcare AI tied to population health

At HIMSS 2018, a senior vice president for population health at a top EHR vendor explained how AI is closely intertwined with population health and consumer-oriented healthcare, all of which aim for improved patient outcomes. Continue Reading

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