Partners Healthcare, Nuance to work on AI use in radiology

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A new alliance between Partners Healthcare and software vendor Nuance Communications aims to rapidly develop new point-of-care artificial intelligence tools for radiologists.

Work will be done in Partners’ new Center for Clinical Data Science with the goal to improve radiologists’ efficiency, report quality and patient outcomes. Other partners in the program include NVIDIA—developer of the graphics processing unit or GPU—and the American College of Radiology.

Automating mundane and repetitive daily tasks of radiologists is among the projects being done, as well as accelerating development of artificial intelligence for medical imaging. This work will be on the AI Marketplace platform open to developers, data scientists and radiologists.

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With Nuance having a 70 percent market share of radiologists using its technology, developers and radiologists can place their algorithms into Nuance’s cloud platform called PowerShare Network, and radiologists can select the algorithms being made available within a radiologist’s existing workflow, negating the need to buy new reporting or imaging sharing software.

“For AI algorithms to be useful to radiologists and patients, it is critical that they are both clinically validated and accessible through the existing workflow,” says Keith Dreyer, DO, chief data science officer at Partners. “Through this collaboration with Nuance, radiologists will be able to access and leverage validated AI and deep learning algorithms without leaving their preferred workflow. Partnerships like this are a game changer given the time savings, increases in productivity and improved quality outcomes enabled for radiology staff.”

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