Wednesday, November 28, 2018
This May Well Be A Pretty Major Development That Needs More Explanation And Understanding!
This appeared yesterday in the US.
By Melanie Evans and Laura Stevens
Amazon.com Inc. AMZN 0.01% is starting to sell software to mine patient medical records for information that doctors and hospitals could use to improve treatment and cut costs, the latest move by a big technology company into the health-care industry.
The software can read digitized patient records and other clinical notes, analyze them and pluck out key data points, Amazon says. The company announced the software, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, on Tuesday.
Amazon Web Services, the company’s cloud-computing division, has been selling such text-analysis software to companies outside medicine for use in areas such as travel booking, customer support and supply-chain management. The technology’s health-care application is the newest effort by Amazon to tap into the lucrative market.
This year Amazon paid $1 billion for an online pharmacy called PillPack Inc. to acquire the capability to ship prescription drugs. The retailer also has been trying to increase its sales of medical supplies by working with hospitals.
Lots more here:
These 3 paragraphs are really quite something!
“Amazon officials say the company’s software developers trained the system using a process known as deep learning to recognize all the ways a doctor might record notes.
“We’re able to completely, automatically look inside medical language and identify patient details,” including diagnoses, treatments, dosage and strengths, “with incredibly high accuracy,” said Matt Wood, general manager of artificial intelligence at Amazon Web Services.
During testing, the software performed on par or better than other published efforts, and can extract data on patients’ diseases, prescriptions, lab orders and procedures, said Taha Kass-Hout, a senior leader with Amazon’s health-care and artificial intelligence efforts.”
I wonder has the ADHA been in touch with Amazon yet and what impact the recently passed legislation might have on what can be done.
Interesting stuff! What do readers think?
Posted by Dr David G More MB PhD at Wednesday, November 28, 2018