Novant Health launches Institute of Innovation & Artificial Intelligence | FierceHealthcare

Add Novant Health to the growing list of health systems that have opened institutes dedicated to artificial intelligence.

The health system, based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, launched the Novant Health Institute of Innovation & Artificial Intelligence (AI), which will use AI to enhance personalized patient care. The institute will focus on the advanced technologies required to provide highly personalized care and accelerated solutions with actionable data and insights for preventive prediction, diagnosis and treatment to Novant Health’s patients, the health system said.

Novant Health consists of 640 care locations, including 15 hospitals and hundreds of outpatient facilities and physician clinics servicing patients in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

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“The institute will help Novant Health develop both clinical and operational solutions that streamline patient care across our health care system,” Eric Eskioglu, M.D., executive vice president and chief medical officer for Novant Health, said in a statement.

A recent Accenture survey of healthcare executives found that the majority of healthcare organizations are experimenting with at least one of these emerging technologies: distributed ledgers, artificial intelligence, extended reality or quantum computing. And 41% of healthcare executives believe AI will have the greatest impact on their organization over the short term.

In March, Cleveland Clinic announced the opening of its new Center for Clinical Artificial Intelligence with a focus on developing innovative clinical applications of AI and leveraging machine-learning technology in hopes of improving healthcare delivery in areas such as diagnostics, disease prediction and treatment planning, the organization said.

Stony Brook University also recently opened the Institute for AI-Driven Discovery and Innovation to advance AI research across multiple disciplines, including healthcare.