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IBM, Mayo Clinic, Geisinger among 25 finalists for $1.6M CMS artificial intelligence challenge

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Out of more than 300 artificial intelligence proposals, the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) picked 25 organizations for the next stage of its AI challenge including IBM, Booz Allen Hamilton and Mayo Clinic. The organizations are competing for a $1 million prize to develop the best tool for predicting patient health outcomes. CMS says the AI challenge, which launched in March, will accelerate the development of AI solutions that aid clinicians in predicting health outcomes and keeping patients healthy. The central goal is to develop AI-driven predictions healthcare providers and clinicians participating in CMS Innovation Center models can use, CMS officials said. RELATED: CMS offers up to $1.6M in AI challenge for better healthcare prediction tools The challenge was created in partnership with the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.


CMS names 25 innovators advancing in AI Health Outcomes Challenge

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services this week announced the 25 participants selected to move on to the next round of its Artificial Intelligence Health Outcomes Challenge. WHY IT MATTERS Launched this past March by the CMS Innovation Center, in collaboration with the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the AI Health Outcomes Challenge aims to give innovators a showcase for how they're developing AI and machine learning technologies, deep learning tools and neural networks. While the focus is on helping hospitals and health systems drive cost efficiencies for value based reimbursement, prevent adverse patient safety events and boost quality outcomes, CMS put out the call innovators from all sectors of the economy – not just from healthcare. More than 300 different organizations submitted proposals. They were evaluated by a group of data science experts, clinical informaticists and care providers.


How Data Analytics Has Curbed the Prescription of Opioids in Philly

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A new partnership between Jefferson Health and local software company Qlik may be one big step in reducing patients' exposure to prescription painkillers. Though the opioid epidemic is not nearly as bad as it was in 2017 when the misuse of prescription painkillers resulted in more than 5,000 overdose deaths in Pennsylvania, it is still impacting many lives. In Philadelphia alone, more than 1,100 people died from opioid-related overdoses in 2018, down from more than 1,200 in 2017. The slight decrease in overdose deaths can be partly attributed to changes in prescription guidelines aimed at limiting dosage and trimming the number of circumstances in which opioids could be prescribed. Following recommendations from Mayor Kenney's Task Force to Combat the Opioid Epidemic in Philadelphia, health care providers across the city have updated care policies to ensure physicians prescribe highly addictive medications more judiciously.


UVA Artificial Intelligence Project Among 7 Finalists for $1 Million Prize

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A UVA Health data science team is one of seven finalists in a national competition to improve healthcare with the help of artificial intelligence. UVA's proposal was selected as a finalist from among more than 300 applicants in the first-ever Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Artificial Intelligence Health Outcomes Challenge. UVA's project predicts which patients are at risk for adverse outcomes and then suggests a personalized plan to ensure appropriate healthcare delivery and avoid unnecessary hospitalizations. CMS selected the seven finalists after reviewing the accuracy of their artificial intelligence models and evaluating how well healthcare providers could use visual displays created by each project team to improve outcomes and patient care. Each team of finalists received $60,000 and will compete for a grand prize of up to $1 million.


CMS Contest Gets Real About Artificial Intelligence

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How can AI tools--such as deep learning and neural networks--be used to predict unplanned hospital and skilled nursing facility admissions and adverse events? In the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Health Outcomes Challenge, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is dangling up to $1.65 million in prize money to the innovators who can figure it out. Six hospitals and health systems are among the 25 participants who were selected from a field of more than 300 submissions. The ultimate goal is to harness AI solutions to predict health outcomes for healthcare providers and clinicians, as well as potential use in CMS Innovation Center innovative payment and service delivery models. "Artificial Intelligence is a vehicle that can help drive our system to value--proven to reduce out-of-pocket costs and improve quality," said CMS Administrator Seema Verma in a news release.