Dec 15, 2020

Doctors trial AI tool to process patient letters

primary care
Artificial intelligence
Leila Hawkins
2 min
Doctors trial AI tool to process patient letters
The AI software will read patient letters and forward those needing further action...

UK software provider Advanced is working with researchers at The University of Manchester and AI specialist Spectra Analytics to develop a tool that will process clinical correspondence in primary care using artificial intelligence. 

The Docman10X software - a new version of its existing healthcare software Docman10 - will be able to automatically read patient letters, and only show correspondence to doctors that its algorithms think need further action.

A number of doctors have agreed to take part in the first set of testing, which began this month, and Advanced is now inviting other practices across the UK to join its early adopter programme. 

Dr Benjamin Brown, a primary care doctor in Salford and researcher at The University of Manchester is leading the project. He has been a user of Docman for over 10 years and believes AI can help primary care providers triage letters which currently place a huge burden on administrative staff. 

“Primary care practices receive hundreds of letters each day. These figures are likely to increase as clinical services that were delayed as a result of Covid-19 start to pick up again" Brown explains. "While doctors can’t reduce their workload, they can change the way they work.

“Around 80-90 per cent of letters can be processed without involving doctors, and only showing letters to GPs that actually need their input could save time that could be better spent doing other things. AI may be a cost-effective way of doing this. By automating the triage of letters, not only could we see a significant time saving for staff, but also potentially increase patient safety by speeding up how quickly doctors can action letters that actually need their input.” 

Docman10X will officially launch to existing Docman customers at a virtual event in February. “We have some incredibly exciting plans to launch and further develop our Docman10X solution in 2021” comments Ric Thompson, Managing Director Health & Care, at Advanced. 

“Our technology is already proving to reduce the administrative burden, but there is more that can be done. We are developing an AI solution that, for the first time, will enable doctors to automate both repetitive and time-consuming tasks so they can instead spend more time on what they’ve spent years training to do – consulting with patients and providing the best possible care. For primary care, we believe Docman10X will be unrivalled in the market.”

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Jun 24, 2021

Jvion launches AI-powered map to tackle mental health crisis

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Jvion's new interactive map uses AI to predict areas most vulnerable to poor mental health

Clinical AI company Jvion has launched an interactive map  of the US that highlights areas that are most vulnerable to poor mental health. 

The Behavioral Health Vulnerability Map uses Jvion's AI CORE™ software to analyse public data on social determinants of health (SDOH)  and determine the vulnerability of every US Census block group. 

Vulnerability refers to the likelihood that residents will experience issues like self-harm, suicide attempts or overdoses. The map also identifies the most influential social determinants in each region, to show the social and environmental conditions that contribute to mental illness. 

As an example, the map shows that Harrison County in Mississippi has a 50% higher suicide rate than the rest of the state. It also shows a high percentage of individuals in the armed forces at a time when active duty suicides are at a six-year high, along with a high prevalence of coronary artery disease, arthritis, and COPD, all chronic illnesses that are linked to a higher suicide risk.  

The map also shows Harrison County has a high percentage of Vietnamese Americans, who studies suggest have high rates of depression and may be less likely to seek help from mental health professionals. 

The map was built using the same data and analytics that Jvion used to create the COVID Community Vulnerability Map, which was launched towards the start of the pandemic. 

With this new map, Jvion is aiming to tackle the growing mental health crisis in the US. “At a time when so many Americans are struggling with their mental health, we’re proud to offer a tool that can help direct treatment resources to the communities that need it most,” said Dr John Showalter, MD, Jvion’s chief product officer, who led the development of the map. 

“For too long, the healthcare industry has struggled to address social determinants of health, particularly in the context of behavioural health. Our hope is that by surfacing the social and environmental vulnerabilities of America’s communities, we can better coordinate our response to the underlying conditions that impact the health and wellbeing of people everywhere.” 

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