Partners HealthCare pledges to make AI tools accessible to clinicians, researchers

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Boston-based Partners HealthCare will roll out artificial intelligence tools for all its clinicians and researchers over the next year.

The MGH and BWH Center for Clinical Data Science, a joint center formed by Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital, both based in Boston, will spearhead the AI efforts. The initiative will focus on providing clinicians and researchers with access to data, computing capacity and software needed to develop their own AI algorithms for use in the clinical environment.

CCDS plans to implement the new AI tools across the Partners HealthCare system over the next year, and the center has already begun offering AI capabilities and support services.

"Currently, focused and siloed pockets of domain expertise in AI reside within specific departments or labs at several large academic medical centers, but making AI an enabling technology across the field of healthcare has been a challenge for many facilities," Partners HealthCare Chief Data Science Officer Keith Dreyer, DO, said in a news release. "The truth is, you don't have to be a computer scientist or data scientist to participate in the creation of AI — we are just starting to see increasing availability of tools to enable on-premises development of AI models by clinicians."

The American College of Radiology recently announced its partnership with tech firm Nvidia to deploy free AI software designed to help radiologists encourage AI adoption. The platform was piloted at CCDS as well as The Ohio State University in Columbus.

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