- The IBM Watson Health system is designed to allow easier image sharing across hospitals, devices and specialties.
- The cloud service reviews and flags relevant elements from the patient’s clinical record to identify discrepancies between a patient’s clinical diagnosis and his or her administrative records.
TriHealth revealed today that the hospital system will spend $10 million to adopt a significant portion of IBM Watson Health’s Enterprise Imaging Portfolio.
It will provide radiologists with improved tools to help with reads, and TriHealth doctors and clinicians will have easier and more efficient access for image retrieval.
“I believe this advanced imaging technology will significantly improve the workflow of radiology and other image-intensive specialties, enhancing our physicians’ ability to diagnose and treat patients,” said Dr. Frank Schlueter, TriHealth’s system chief of radiology.
Cincinnati-based TriHealth said it is updating the picture archiving and communication system infrastructure with plans to use artificial intelligence and applications for medical imaging.
“After thoroughly reviewing a number of technologies, we chose Watson Health Imaging because of its advanced technology and architecture designed for the future of imaging, including the onset of artificial intelligence in the industry,” said John Ward, TriHealth’s chief information officer.
TriHealth purchased a long-term license for the Enterprise Imaging solutions as well as a subscription for IBM’s Watson Imaging Clinical Review cloud service, Ward said.
The architecture can easily scale and connect with the hospital system’s electronic health records. That’s expected to provide clinicians with timely access to medical images critical to decisions about the care of patients.
The IBM Watson Health system is designed to allow easier image sharing across hospitals, devices and specialties.
“The Enterprise Image solutions are available through Watson Health’s iConnect Access, which means they can be accessed on a secure web viewer via computers and mobile devices such as tablets – with no need to download,” Ward told me.
TriHealth will also be the first hospital system in Ohio to adopt IBM Watson Imaging Clinical Review. The cloud service reviews and flags relevant elements from the patient’s clinical record to identify discrepancies between a patient’s clinical diagnosis and his or her administrative records, Ward said.
Watson Imaging Clinical Review is targeted to go live throughout the entire TriHealth system in early 2019.
The health system’s more than 140 locations include Good Samaritan Hospital in University Heights, Bethesda North Hospital in Montgomery, TriHealth Evendale, Bethesda Butler Hospital in Hamilton and McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
“This investment will further distinguish the TriHealth Imaging Division as providing best-in-class service, technology and diagnostic expertise to our patients and the communities we serve,” TriHealth CEO Mark Clement said.
IBM, a computing company based in Armonk, N.Y., formed Watson Health in 2015. The business unit is dedicated to the development and implementation of cognitive and data-driven technologies to advance health.
Date: Apr 19, 2018