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Thursday, April 07, 2022

Using AI-Powered Apps May Speed Up Stroke Treatment

Interesting healthcare application of AI. 

Using AI-Powered Apps May Speed Up Stroke Treatment

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, by Anya Sostek, March 20, 2022

Pittsburgh hospitals are using artificial intelligence (AI)-powered applications to identify patients at risk for stroke and to alert doctors. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) is using the Viz.ai app to read computed tomography (CT) scans of patients and send smartphone alerts to doctors and nurses if it finds abnormalities. Meanwhile, Allegheny Health Network employs the RapidAI app for similar functions; after its introduction, the time between CT scans and artery unblocking procedures decreased from an average of 93 minutes to 68 minutes. UPMC's Raul Nogueira said the AI does not replace clinicians, but it can flag things faster and perhaps identify abnormalities a doctor might overlook. He added that Viz.ai and its underlying AI have been in development for roughly five years, while UPMC will expand its deployment from three hospitals in January to an additional two dozen through June..... ' 

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