Radiology Partners, a practice with 2,800 radiologists providing services to more than 1,750 hospitals, clinics and imaging centers across the US, has formed a strategic alliance with Aidoc, an Israeli maker of artificial intelligence-based software for medical imaging, to offer AI capabilities to its hospitals and health systems, and to accelerate the adoption of AI as the standard of care in radiology.
“AI has the potential to unlock enormous value for the entire healthcare ecosystem, and I believe our partnership with Aidoc will turn out to be the tipping point for AI in radiology, a medical specialty that has systemic influence on the overall delivery of patient care,” said Rich Whitney, CEO and chairman for RP.
“RP radiologists interpret nearly one in 10 of all imaging studies conducted in the US, and we are fast approaching a world in which AI tools serve as critical skill multipliers for physicians, allowing step-function improvements in patient care and clinical outcomes, and reductions in overall healthcare costs.”
Aidoc’s artificial intelligence-based software analyzes medical images after patients are scanned and notifies radiologists of unusual findings, to assist with prioritization of time-sensitive and potentially life-threatening cases. Its suite of solutions includes six FDA-cleared products for flagging acute abnormalities, including the detection of acute brain bleeds in CT scans. In May last year the FDA gave the startup a green light to start alerting radiologists if they have scanned somebody who, unknowingly, has coronavirus.
Aidoc’s software is already integrated into the clinical workflow at hundreds of sites around the world, the company said in a statement. This notifies radiologists on millions of cases and improves turnaround time by over 30%, the statement said.
“Health systems are coming to realize that they need an enterprise approach to AI and that it will become impossible to adopt fragmented, niche AI solutions for every subspecialty,” said Elad Walach, CEO and co-founder of Aidoc. “Over the past four years, we’ve developed the most comprehensive acute AI suite on the market. We doubled the number of products last year and will double the portfolio again this year. A partnership between the clear leader in imaging AI and the clear leader in radiology physician services will accelerate adoption and establish an exciting new standard of care in the radiology field.”
As AI increasingly becomes integrated into the radiologists’ practice, ensuring that the technology accounts for a diverse patient population is critical to providing appropriate care. Aidoc developers kept in mind this potential bias risk and trained the platform using the most complex, heterogenous and geographically diverse data available as a means to combat such limitations, the statement said.
The partnership with RP offers the opportunity to further develop and refine tools across a heterogeneous portfolio of care sites across 30 states, the largest collection of real-world radiology data available in the US, the statement added.
In addition to the deploying the software, RP and Aidoc will work as partners to develop new clinical programs and AI-based radiology services to broaden the impact of AI in clinical care. The firms will also collaborate on studying real-world data, post-market surveillance, marketing, distribution of the software and physician education, training and feedback.
Aidoc’s solutions are currently deployed at over 500 medical centers in the US and worldwide. In December, the startup said that Israel’s six biggest hospitals have begun using its technology to analyze CT scans to pinpoint critical conditions such as cerebral hemorrhage, pulmonary embolism, stroke and C-spine fractures.
Radiology Partners is the largest radiology practice in the US serving nearly 3,260 hospitals and other healthcare facilities across the nation.