Radiology Partners-Aidoc Collaboration Brings Cutting-Edge AI to Facilities

April 6, 2021
Whitney J. Palmer

This partnership opens the door to better access to data for AI tools, as well as streamlined workflow, augments physician training, and better patient care.

Radiology Partners (RP) and artificial intelligence (AI) company Aidoc announced a partnership today that will bring leading AI solutions to hospitals and health systems nationwide.

It’s a move that has the potential for far-reaching impact throughout radiology, said Rich Whitney, RP chief executive officer (CEO).

“AI has the potential to unlock enormous value for the entire health ecosystem, and I believe our partnership with Aidoc will turn out to be the tipping point for AI in radiology, a medical specialty that has systemic influence on the overall delivery of patient care,” he said. “RP radiologists interpret nearly one in 10 of all imaging studies conducted in the U.S., and we are fast approaching a world in which AI tools serve as critical skill multipliers for physicians, allowing step-function improvements in patient care and clinical outcomes, and reductions in overall healthcare costs.”

Diagnostic Imaging spoke with Whitney, Nina Kottler, M.D., RP associate chief medical officer of clinical AI, and Elad Walach, Aidoc CEO, about the partnership and what it will mean for the industry moving forward.

While this partnership will enable seamless access to Aidoc’s AI tools, he said, it will also streamline workflow, integrate physician talent with these technologies, and allow for greater physician training with real-world data. By using these tools, RP providers will be able to identify acute anomalies faster, giving patients higher-quality care. In addition, these technologies can improve case turnaround time by more than 30 percent, as well as reduce inpatient length-of-stay and time in the emergency department.

“Health systems are coming to realize that they need an enterprise approach to AI and that it will become impossible to adopt fragmented, niche AI solutions for every day sub-specialty,” Walach said. “Over the past four years, we’ve developed the most comprehensive acute AI suite on the market.”

By working together, RP and Aidoc will be able to fine-tune these AI tools across RP’s practices in 30 states nationwide, using the largest collection of real-world radiology data available in the United States, Kottler said.

“The adoption of AI promises to deliver better clinical outcomes and save lives,” she said. “With a priority on enhancing patient care while improving the physicians experience, Aidoc’s ability to demonstrate value in our complex and highly diverse population provided the confidence we needed to forge this alliance.”

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