Philips, Nuance aim to bring AI to radiology reporting

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Artificial intelligence has been identified as a potential tool in supporting radiology professionals who are managing increasing numbers of imaging procedures and aiming to achieve consistency in analyzing results from those procedures.

Now, two companies are working to bring together solutions that will enable the use of artificial intelligence-based image interpretation and reporting to radiologists.

In the new partnership, Royal Philips, which offers its Illumeo imaging and informatics system, will team with Nuance Communications, which specializes in intelligent voice and language applications widely used by radiologists.

The companies say combining the technologies are intended to help reduce discrepancies and improve radiology reporting, accuracy and standardization.

Through the initiative, the joint solution will incorporate guidelines from the American College of Radiology (ACR), developed through its Data Science Institute, which is looking to incorporate AI and technology solutions to help save time for radiologists and improve the output of their work.

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The ACR is working with industry partners and regulators to better define the value of AI and spur its adoption in clinical practice to improve diagnostic consistency as well as clinical outcomes, with the aim of enhancing patient and staff experience, improving diagnosis and treatment, and reducing costs.

"Through this collaboration, Philips and Nuance demonstrate our commitment to deliver AI-based technology to help improve radiologists' daily workflow," said Yair Briman, business leader for Healthcare Informatics at Philips. "Pressured by time constraints and the increased volume of studies in modern practice, radiologists will have access to AI-driven solutions and practical applications."

Philips Illumeo offers imaging and informatics technology with adaptive intelligence, combining contextual awareness capabilities with advanced data analytics. By providing a single view of the most relevant case-related information from various sources, it aims to optimize workflow and care consistency. Nuance’s PowerScribe 360 is a real-time radiology reporting platform that enables the rapid generation of high-quality actionable reports.

The companies say they’ll work together to give radiologists access to a variety of tools at the point of care to support risk stratification, greater report accuracy and structure, faster turnaround times, and better guidance on clinical care.

"Providing rapid and efficient generation of high-quality, actionable reports is necessary to drive the shift to value-based care while continuing to manage growing volume," said Karen Holzberger, vice president and general manager of healthcare diagnostics for Nuance. "By accelerating the creation, access and usability of AI tools, the collaboration between Nuance and Philips will improve workflow efficiencies even further by reducing redundant tasks and helping better automate the reporting process."

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