With momentum building for single-payer healthcare among Democratic voters and a growing number of 2020 hopefuls, Sen. Bernie Sanders unveiled a "Medicare for All" bill last week. Immediately, a number of pundits denounced the legislation as an "unrealistic" "bloated" "disaster" full of "magic math." Some of the naysayers are conservatives who simply abhor "big government." Some have perfectly valid reasons to question the merits of single payer in general or Sanders' methods in particular. Yet others claim they support universal healthcare in theory (one day, perhaps) but cannot do so now because of a "concern."
Nuance Communications unveiled an artificial virtual assistant specifically for patients and healthcare providers on Wednesday. The company has built artificial intelligence virtual assistants for consumer and automotive brands including American Airlines, Amtrak, Audi, Barclay's, BMW, Citi, Delta, Domino's, FedEx, Ford and GM. Nuance's new Dragon Medical Virtual Assistant is designed to streamline a variety of clinical workflows for the 500,000 clinicians that already use Dragon Medical for their clinical documentation, the company said. Based on the Nuance Virtual Assistant platform, the software can enable conversational dialogues and pre-built capabilities that automate clinical workflows. The healthcare virtual assistant includes voice recognition technology designed for healthcare, voice biometrics and text-to-speech, EHR integrations and strategic health IT relationships, a prototype smart speaker customized for healthcare use-cases and a secure platform.
Nuance today announced the signing of a multi-year strategic agreement with Partners HealthCare. The two organizations will optimize the process for rapid development, validation and utilization of artificial intelligence (AI) for radiologists at the point of care, and Nuance intends to make the new algorithms available through the Nuance AI Marketplace for Diagnostic Imaging.
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Analyzing imaging is getting a lot easier for radiologists, thanks to an increased range of artificial intelligence tools being made available. Nuance's new PowerScribe One, the latest generation of its popular voice-enabled reporting platform, incorporates AI to aid in diagnostics and decision support. The cloud-hosted platform uses natural language understanding, image characterization, speech recognition, intelligent exchange of structured data and more to reduce inefficiencies and bolster clinicians' accuracy. In addition to the next-gen PowerScribe platform, Nuance has also announced big growth over the past year for its AI Marketplace, which connects more than 40 developers with 70 percent of all radiologists across 5,500 healthcare facilities. The marketplace hosts developers including NVIDA, Zebra Med and Massachusetts General Hospital and others who create imaging products to augment the decision-making abilities of radiologists.