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.
The collaboration will be executed through the recently formed Massachusetts General Hospital (“MGH”) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (“BWH”) Center for Clinical Data Science (“CCDS”) and will focus on improving radiologists’ efficiency and report quality, as well as patient clinical outcomes.
Nuance and Partners HealthCare will work together, and with other key supporters of the Nuance AI Marketplace for Diagnostic Imaging including NVIDIA and the American College of Radiology. The collective will continue to foster the democratization of Imaging AI, with an emphasis on automating many of the mundane and repetitive tasks radiologists face daily.
The AI Marketplace is an open platform for developers, data scientists and radiologists to accelerate the development, deployment, and adoption of AI for medical imaging. Leveraging the 70 percent of Radiologists in the U.S. already using Nuance’s PowerScribe radiology reporting and PowerShare image exchange network, the AI Marketplace unlocks the power of AI for all radiologists and developers.
Specifically, technology partners can now seamlessly deploy their algorithms into Nuance’s cloud-based PowerShare Network and users can easily select them through the PowerScribe radiology reporting platform. This enables the algorithms to be accessed within a radiologist’s native workflow, eliminating the need to buy new reporting or image sharing systems.
“For AI algorithms to be useful to radiologists and patients, it is critical that they are both clinically validated and accessible through the existing reporting workflow,” said Keith Dreyer, DO, PhD, FACR, FSIIM, Chief Data Science Officer, Partners HealthCare. “Through this collaboration with Nuance, radiologists will be able to access and leverage validated AI and deep learning algorithms without leaving their preferred workflow. Partnerships like this are a game changer given the time savings, increases in productivity and improved quality outcomes enabled for radiology staff.”