Nuance Communications, a U.S. developer of conversational AI tools for healthcare, has made its AI-enabled radiology solutions — the PowerScribe One reporting platform and mPower Clinical Analytics — available in Australia and New Zealand.
WHAT THEY DO
PowerScribe One, a platform that combines conversational and cognitive AI and real-time communication, uses context-aware natural language comprehension to convert unstructured reports into structured data to streamline data entry, increase reporting accuracy and consistency, and render real-time evidence-based tracking recommendations. Data is synchronized in real-time for hassle-free data sharing with downstream systems, such as radiological information systems, image archiving and communication systems, and electronic health records.
On the other hand, mPower Clinical Analytics uses natural language processing to automate the extraction of data from radiology reports. It streamlines recommended follow-up imaging to ensure timely completion and reduce the incidence of failed follow-ups. The AI tool also analyzes multiple variables simultaneously, builds custom graphs, delivers real-time dashboard views, and displays cumulative data.
WHY IT HURTS
Nuance said in a press release that its AI radiology solutions are designed to “relieve burnout and improve reporting and clinical outcomes”.
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A 2016 study published in the Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology found that professionals with diagnostic imaging in Australia and New Zealand experience high levels of occupational burnout, which were higher than those reported in other countries.
Occupational burnout exacerbates the growing global shortage of health workers, according to the World Health Organization. By the end of the decade, it was estimated that the healthcare industry would lack 18 million workers.
Last year, an online survey showed that most Australian radiographers and radiation therapists experienced personal stress and anxiety in the workplace due to the increase in COVID-19 infections. They had to deal with suspected COVID-19 patients who had their CT scans to confirm their condition.
Meanwhile, through its AI solutions, Nuance will support nursing staff in reducing the cost of transcription by automating workflows and integrating reporting data between systems, and achieving data-driven improvements in inpatient and financial outcomes.
In July, Australian radiology software developer Kestral and digital healthcare provider Aceso Health from New Zealand entered into a multi-year collaboration on the integration of their platforms. Their combined cloud-based booking system now allows patients and referrers to book and schedule various diagnostic appointments
Pacific radiology, New Zealand’s largest diagnostic imaging company, has received an offer from energy and transportation investor Infratil to acquire a larger stake in the company for up to NZ $ 350 million (approximately $ 252 million).
Market research conducted by India-based Data Bridge predicts that the market for radiology services in Australia will be worth $ 56 billion in 2027, growing by an 11% CAGR from 2019, while the same market in New Zealand will grow to an estimated value of $ 681 million in 2026 and increase by a 7.5% CAGR from 2019.
ON THE RECORDING
“We are committed to relieving radiologist fatigue and promoting quality of care by leveraging the power of AI and data-driven radiology to improve productivity, accuracy, and consistency, eliminate inefficiencies and reduce the incidence of failed follow-ups,” said Karen Holzberger, SVP and general manager of Diagnostic Solutions at Nuance.