CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Nov. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE:
IBM) Watson Health is introducing a new AI orchestration offering
to help imaging organizations experience the benefits of having AI
applications work seamlessly together. IBM Watson Health will
officially launch IBM Imaging AI Orchestrator at the Radiological
Society of North America (RSNA)
2021 Annual Meeting in Chicago
this week. In addition, IBM is announcing IBM Imaging Workflow
Orchestrator with Watson, a new
solution that modernizes the radiologist's reading experience while
reducing the demands on IT and imaging system administrators.
"We recognize that when it comes to applying AI in imaging, it's
hard to go it alone," said David
Gruen, MD, MBA, FACR, Chief Medical Officer, Imaging, Watson
Health. "Because each AI application is developed in a unique way
with a specific purpose, it can be challenging for
organizations to review and assess each one, and then to deploy
them in a way that's beneficial to radiologists and their patients.
That's why, with the rapid proliferation of approved algorithms,
staffing shortages, and complexity of disease, the IBM Imaging AI
Orchestrator could not come at a better time."
IBM Imaging AI Orchestrator is a cloud-based AI
service that provides imaging organizations with scalable access to
regulatory-cleared AI applications from leading AI solution
providers that have been vetted to meet strict data security and
privacy standards. It is designed to help radiologists control
their access to AI insights within the context of reading workflow.
It indicates the status of AI processing in the worklist and
returns consolidated results from AI applications directly into the
PACS. IT departments benefit by outsourcing the management
of multiple applications from diverse suppliers to IBM. At
launch, AI applications from several partners have been validated
for interoperability with AI Orchestrator and are available today
In addition to the availability through the Watson Health
Imaging solutions, Life Image has also chosen to offer IBM Watson
Health's AI Orchestrator to their hospital and health system
clients. Life Image, the world's largest medical evidence network
providing access to points of care and curated clinical and imaging
data, has created a digital platform using industry-leading
interoperability standards to connect 13,000 facilities with more
than 160,000 U.S. providers and 58,000 global clinics.
"Working together with IBM Watson Health, Life Image will
promote universal, enterprise-wide access to imaging AI results and
imaging data," said Matthew A.
Michela, President and CEO of Life Image. "We are excited
about this collaboration and the opportunity to advance
interoperability and the potential to improve outcomes for
providers, patients, and the healthcare system at large."
To further support radiology practices, there is an opportunity
to update and improve the clinician's experience while streamlining
workflows. IBM Imaging Workflow Orchestrator with Watson is a workflow solution that
consolidates studies, patient data, and AI results into one
insightful and modern interface to give physicians a head start in
their reading activities. Built to support advanced hybrid
environments, this cloud-native SaaS helps IT leaders to optimize
the flow of studies, linking imaging data and tools that run
on-premises and in the cloud, making them available to reading
experts anywhere in the enterprise.
"These innovative offerings are designed to provide health
systems and radiology practices with a smarter way to adopt AI for
diagnostic imaging and to improve the reading experience. For
health systems, they can help to deliver quality patient care. By
supporting physicians and specialists to be more productive by
using AI augmented tools, patients have more confidence. For
radiology practices, orchestrating AI and workflows can expand
their capacity to provide imaging services at a pace to meet
today's growing healthcare demands," said Alok Gupta, Vice President and General Manager
of IBM Watson Health Imaging at IBM.
"We are constantly striving to introduce cutting-edge
technologies into our imaging environment to support our
radiologists' productivity and their confidence in diagnostic
accuracy," said Randy Hicks, MD,
MBA, CEO at Regional Medical Imaging, Grand Blanc, Michigan. "For the future, AI
orchestration sets a strategic foundation to allow us to scale up
to using additional AI applications with the peace of mind that the
applications are vetted for privacy and security and will lower the
burden on our IT staff."
For more information about IBM Imaging AI Orchestrator and IBM
Imaging Workflow Orchestrator with Watson, please visit
https://www.ibm.com/products/imaging-ai-orchestrator and view the
video here. Interested parties can also find more information at
the IBM Watson Health booth (#6100) at RSNA.
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