AI assistant takes notes at doctor visits

AI assistant

Microsoft and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) developed an AI application that analyzes a doctor’s conversation with a patient and records it in the patient’s electronic health record.

Ideally, a doctor using the scribe could devote their full attention to a patient during an exam. Then he or she could turn to the electronic health record and accept suggestions the scribe makes, like a diagnosis or notes for future treatment.

Microsoft is just one of several tech giants launching new initiatives in health technology, competing against Amazon, Google, Apple as well as a growing number of technology startups in an effort to solve some of the most intractable problems in healthcare. SayKara, a Seattle based startup, is even making an AI-powered scribe for doctors similar to the one Microsoft unveiled today.

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