Three things to know about IBM Watson Imaging Patient Synopsis

By | 2 minute read | June 12, 2019

Soon, Watson Health plans to debut its newest AI-powered solution, IBM Watson Imaging Patient Synopsis, which helps radiologists access important patient information while they’re reading a study. Patient Synopsis displays relevant patient data in a single-screen view for the radiologist.

Here’s what you need to know about Patient Synopsis:

1. It fulfills a real clinical need.
Thanks to EHRs, radiologists can access a patient’s health history while they’re reading a current study in order to investigate or confirm a potential diagnosis. This may be especially helpful for unusual or unclear studies.

However, most EHR information is unstructured data, such as surgical notes, which can be difficult and time-consuming to search through. It may be hard to find a specific piece of information buried within a long physician’s note, for example.

By searching both the structured and unstructured data and compiling clinically relevant data, Patient Synopsis helps radiologists find the information they need efficiently, so they can make more informed decisions.

2. It was trained by clinical and technology professionals.
You may wonder how Patient Synopsis collects the information it deems clinically relevant. The answer lies in its human architects. Patient Synopsis was trained by 96 radiologists, most of whom helped annotate 4,000 clinical notes, including progress, surgical and procedure notes. Their annotations were used as a guide for the algorithm to identify relevant data.

Radiologists also determined the 12 categories in which the results are presented, based on what they consider to be important to them in their day-to-day tasks.

In addition to the contributions of clinical experts, Patient Synopsis was developed by the team at IBM Research who created Watson and have utilized this cognitive technology in several successful healthcare solutions already.

3. It’s easy to use.
Once Patient Synopsis identifies the available clinically relevant data, the information is presented in an easy-to-read, single-view pane right in the PACS system. Relevant findings are highlighted under their appropriate category — such as history of present illness, indicators from diagnostic reports, social history, family history, allergies, labs and medications.

Patient Synopsis does not make diagnoses — rather, it is an aid to radiologists, gathering information so they can use their expertise to diagnose patients with greater insight.

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