Radiologists at RSNA 2020 stand to benefit from evolving AI ecosystems

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Radiologists at RSNA 2020 stand to benefit from evolving AI ecosystems

November 24, 2020
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Intel’s AI technologies, such as its OpenVINO software tool kit, can help clients innovate high-performance AI solutions that are also easy to scale. The company currently has 35 AI builders focused on healthcare alone. Claire Celeste Carnes, strategic marketing director for health and life science at Intel, points out that Intel is enabling AI across the company’s product line—not just on its Xeon Scalable Processors where AI acceleration is built in—allowing R&D to scale more quickly.

K Elizabeth Hawk, MD, PhD, a clinical instructor at Stanford University School of Medicine, department of radiology, says that AI should work as an ally in healthcare, not as an adversary. “I firmly believe that technology like AI should really be designed to deepen the relationship between the provider and the patient—not pull them further apart or put up a divide between the two,” she remarked.

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To be sure, the use of AI in healthcare has grown tremendously. A survey undertaken by Intel in July among US healthcare leaders found that nearly 80% of those surveyed deploy AI or expect to do so in their clinical workflow, up a massive 30% from the same time two years earlier in 2018. And while issues of trust and cost remain barriers to adoption of AI, trust is growing in the technology, which has also been found to yield meaningful time savings.

At GE Healthcare, its Edison intelligence platform can help providers achieve greater efficiency, improve patient outcomes, and increase access to care. Embedded within existing workflows, Edison applications can integrate and assimilate data from disparate sources, and apply analytics or advanced algorithms to generate clinical, operational, and financial insights. Edison solutions can be securely deployed in various ways: via the cloud; the Edison HealthLink technology that offers clinicians access to analytics tools to interpret data; or directly onto smart devices.

Meanwhile, the Edison Developer Program consists of identifying, analyzing, building, and testing a developer’s product, culminating in distribution across the entire GE Healthcare ecosystem. GE is also running accelerator programs in India and China, where they assist startups—typically without the resources to scale, and unfamiliar with how to best design their software to integrate into clinician workflows—prepare for market entry.

In cases where the solution is not FDA approved, GE Healthcare will work with the startup all the way through to the approval process. Market-ready solutions typically come to GE from providers, with the solutions having already received regulatory approval but needing assistance with scale, integration, and relationship-building with a broader network of providers. Among Edison’s more than 50 intelligent applications is Edison Open AI Orchestrator, which simplifies AI selection, deployment, and use in imaging workflows at scale. The GE Edison Developer Program also helps to solve IT ecosystem headaches, while the Edison Healthlink and Centricity Open PACS AI Solution supplies providers with the benefits of unified billing and trusted security certification.

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