What You Should Know:
– Mile Bluff Medical Center has taken a major step towards reducing clinician burden and improving patient care by implementing MEDITECH’s new AI-powered Expanse search and summarization capabilities powered by Google Health.
– The new functionality leverages natural language processing (NLP) to seamlessly pull information from both structured and unstructured data sources, including scanned documents, faxes, and legacy records. for over 150 users across the health center’s network, including the hospital, outpatient clinics, ambulatory, emergency department, and urgent care.
AI-Powered Search and Summarization
The new capabilities, embedded within Mile Bluff’s Expanse EHR, leverage natural language processing (NLP) to intelligently extract information from both structured and unstructured data sources, including scanned documents, faxes, and legacy data. This comprehensive approach provides a more complete picture of patients and their medical history.
Google Health’s advanced summarization capabilities then synthesize and organize this data, presenting it to clinicians in a clear and concise manner. This allows them to quickly access relevant information, saving valuable time and improving their ability to make informed decisions.
“I used to spend about 15 minutes per patient cleaning up problem lists, especially for new patients or patients transferred to me from other providers,” explained CMO Angela Gatzke-Plamann, MD. “The search and summarization functionality will help me cut this time down significantly.”
Successful Pilot Program Paves the Way for Wider Adoption
Mile Bluff began by implementing the technology in pilot groups over several months, culminating in a full rollout in January 2024. With dedicated support from both MEDITECH and Google Health, the team fostered a strong foundation of enthusiastic champions who readily showcased the solution’s benefits to their colleagues. This proactive approach led to an additional 20 users joining the pilot program, demonstrating the immediate value proposition of the AI-powered tools.