There is a lot of hype around using artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in care provider settings. Last week, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's (UPMC) partnered with Microsoft, an expert in AI tools, to launch the first project under the new Healthcare NExt initiative aimed at improving clinicians' workflow, signaling continued interest and investment in the healthcare AI space. The nonprofit, which operates 25 hospitals and 600 doctors' offices and outpatient facilities, is at the forefront of the healthcare AI wave. It invests in the companies that create AI capabilities and launches its own startups, in addition to implementing co-created technologies for its clinicians to use with their patients. Dr. Rasu Shrestha, UPMC chief innovation officer and executive vice president of UPMC Enterprises, the institution's commercialization arm, told Healthcare Dive that its AI technologies has resulted in "quite the transformation" as they have allowed for an increased focus on what is in a patient's best interest."This
The intersection of human behavior and technology is a crucial part of improving healthcare. The big question is how to align the interests of stakeholder -- including doctors, patients, insurers, hospitals, and regulators -- when everyone has different goals and measures of success. To dig into these complex dynamics, I asked one of the most prominent hospital executives in the country as my guest on episode 285 of the CXOTalk series of conversations with the world's top innovators. Dr. Rasu Shrestha is the chief innovation officer for University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and head of UPMC Enterprises, the investment arm of UPMC. It is a large payer-provider organization, with 80,000 employees and $20 billion in annual revenue.
Rasu Shrestha, M.D., the chief innovation officer at the Pittsburgh-based UPMC health system, serves as the chair of the Informatics Scientific Program Committee at the Radiological Society of North America. In that role, Dr. Shrestha has led the discussions that have created the official theme each year for the past two years, for the imaging informatics content at the annual RSNA Conference. Last year, the theme was 3D printing; this year, it is machine learning. Dr. Shrestha took out time on Nov. 29 during the frenzy of activity at RSNA 2016, being held at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, to speak with Healthcare Informatics Editor-in-Chief Mark Hagland, about the current state and future prospects of radiology practice and of imaging informatics. Below are excerpts from that interview.