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Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Partners HealthCare Embraces the Democratization of AI


Partners HealthCare Embraces the Democratization of AI
to Accelerate Innovation in Medicine
The MGH & BWH Center for Clinical Data Science wants to put AI in the toolbox of every researcher
and clinician
Boston, MA April 08, 2019 – At the World Medical Innovation Forum 2019, Partners HealthCare today
announced a commitment to put artificial intelligence (AI) in the toolbox of all of its researchers and
clinicians. These efforts, being spearheaded by the MGH & BWH Center for Clinical Data Science (CCDS), focus on providing researchers and clinicians with access to data, GPU (graphics processing unit) compute capacity and supporting software required to develop their own AI algorithms to be implemented in the   clinical environment.
CCDS is planning broad roll-out to the Partners system over the next 12 months and is already offering AI
capabilities and support services. This announcement aligns with national and global trends towards
democratization of AI capabilities through increasingly collaborative efforts between academic
organizations, technology companies and organizations like the American College of Radiology (ACR)
that work to establish standards for the field.
“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” said Keith Dreyer, DO, PhD, FACR, FSIIM, Chief
Data Science Officer, Partners HealthCare. “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 trend is punctuated by the recent announcement of a free software platform (AI-LAB) being released
by the ACR to allow radiologists to develop, validate and implement AI within their own facilities. AILAB
is a core component of ACR’s vision for the democratization of AI in radiology. The free, vendorneutral
software solution will allow radiologists to work with patient data within their own secure IT
environments, while providing opportunities to share AI datasets and algorithms with other institutions.
The objective is to facilitate the development of more versatile, generalizable and accurate models – a
principle known as transfer learning.
Through collaboration with Nvidia and The Ohio State University (OSU), CCDS has demonstrated the
ability for new transfer learning approaches to generate algorithms that are more robust and adaptive to
local variation. The specific project involved the transfer of a cardiac Computed Tomography Angiography
(CTA) model, which was co-developed with Nvidia, to OSU where it was re-trained using OSU data. The
resulting model was more accurate and required less effort to train, validate and test. Ittai Dayan, MD,
Executive Director of Operations at CCDS underscores the spirit of collaboration. “The concept of transfer   learning means that sites can collaborate in building more highly performant algorithms without having to share sensitive patient data – this collaborative approach will dramatically accelerate the rate at which new   algorithms are developed and integrated into the clinical workflow.”
The announcement at the World Medical Innovation Forum in Boston, a global conference focusing on the
intersection of AI and clinical care, reflects the vital role of innovation in transforming healthcare. The
ability for new technologies, like AI, to have a meaningful impact in the field of medicine is highly
dependent on collaboration between stakeholders with a unified goal of improving patient lives. At the
conference, clinicians, industry and government leaders, entrepreneurs and venture investors are exploring
where AI meets clinical care, including the requisite sensitivity to patient data and standards.
To see more of CCDS’ work at the Forum, visit the CCDS booth onsite on the 3rd floor of the Westin
Copley.

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