IBM has launched IBM Watson Imaging Clinical Review, the first cognitive imaging offering from Watson Health that reviews medical data to help healthcare providers identify the most critical cases that require attention.

The first application for the offering will be cardiovascular disease, starting with a common condition called aortic stenosis (AS). AS occurs when the aortic valve in the heart is narrowed, impeding blood flow to the rest of the body and causing shortness of breath, tiredness, and chest pain.

Watson Imaging Clinical Review uses cognitive text analytics to read structured and unstructured information in a cardiologist’s medical report, combines that with a variety of data from other sources, and extracts relevant information to verify key data, including the diagnosis, is accurately reflected throughout the health record.

A pilot study found that Watson Imaging Clinical Review was able to help hospital personnel identify potential AS patients who had not been previously flagged for follow up cardiovascular care. As a result hospital administrators could identify cases where follow up care is warranted and assure electronic medical record (EMR) information is complete.

“Watson Imaging Clinical Review is the type of targeted AI-driven tool that providers could put to use to help them standardise care delivered across their organisation, and gradually build a critical mass of reproducible results from their patient population. In doing so, it can support a population health-driven approach to personalised care,” said a Medical Imaging and Informatics Analyst for Frost & Sullivan, Nadim Michel Daher.

“Out of the gate, this type of cognitive tool may provide big benefits to hospitals and doctors, providing insights we don’t currently have and doing so in a way that fits how we work,” said Director of Cardiac Imaging at Baptist Health of South Florida and Chairman and CEO of Radiology Associates of South Florida, Dr Ricardo C. Cury.

IBM plans to supplement the release of IBM Watson Imaging Clinical Review with nine additional cardiovascular conditions, including myocardial infarctions (heart attacks), valve disorders, cardiomyopathy (disease of the heart muscle) and deep vein thrombosis.

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