IBM WATSON’S AI TOOL FOR EHRS LANDS IN FIRST HOSPITAL

IBM Watson Health Imaging’s Patient Synopsis — an AI-enabled, cloud-based tool trained by radiologists to help them more easily extricate electronic health record (EHR) data — made its debut at Kentucky-based health system Hardin Memorial Health.

Why this matters: AI-enabled programs that help parse through data have the potential to minimize physicians’ headaches with EHRs and ultimately slash costs.

How it works: Patient Synopsis pulls out clinically relevant information from a patient’s EHR in seconds — including current illnesses, medications, and medical history — and organizes it into 12 categories.

Final Word: Patient Synopsis advances IBM’s health play, but it won’t come without obstacles. Watson came under fire for producing erroneous treatment recommendations for hypothetical cancer patients during an internal testing phase in July 2018, according to internal documents cited by STAT. Watson also struggled to retain major hospital clients in 2018, citing softening demand.

Now that IBM’s doubling down on curbing EHR troubles, it will likely eye more hospital partnerships to emerge as a front-runner in the crowded market.