News | Artificial Intelligence | February 21, 2024

Hartford HealthCare has announced the unveiling of its Center for AI Innovation in Healthcare, referring to it as the first of its kind in New England, and one of only a few in the United States, according to a statement released by the Hartford, Connecticut-based organization.

Hartford HealthCare has announced the unveiling of its Center for AI Innovation in Healthcare, referring to it as the first of its kind in New England, and one of only a few in the United States.

Hartford HealthCare has announced the unveiling of its Center for AI Innovation in Healthcare, referring to it as the first of its kind in New England, and one of only a few in the United States. Image courtesy: HHC


February 22, 2024 — Hartford HealthCare has announced the unveiling of its Center for AI Innovation in Healthcare, referring to it as the first of its kind in New England, and one of only a few in the United States.

The Center, according to a written statement announcing its launch, is a culmination of ongoing collaborations with prestigious institutions like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, as HHC strives to harness the transformative power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to safely enhance patient care, and formalize its dedication to AI advancements.

"AI stands poised to profoundly reshape healthcare delivery, impacting access, affordability, equity and excellence," says Barry Stein, MD, MBA, DABR, FSIR, FACR. Stein serves as HHC's chief clinical innovation officer and leader of the Hartford, Connecticut-based Center. He added, "Hartford HealthCare is uniquely positioned to continue defining the next frontier of AI in healthcare by unlocking its full potential in a trustworthy and responsible way."

Hartford HealthCare President and CEO Jeffrey A. Flaks said the Center offers the ideal infrastructure to support the research and deployment of innovative approaches. According to Flaks, "As we transform healthcare, we are taking new approaches to innovation. This center is poised to unlock the full potential of AI, ensuring that every algorithm is not just intelligent, but empathetic and ethical. We are committed to pioneering safe, effective and affordable solutions that revolutionize patient care while advancing clinicians' expertise."

The Center for AI Innovation in Healthcare has five foundational elements:

- Collaboration and partnerships: Assembling an ecosystem of world-class AI partners including MIT, the University of Oxford and Google Cloud.

- Research and innovation: Conducting groundbreaking AI research centered on healthcare applications and developing algorithms for safe real-world implementation.

- Trustworthiness: Verifying and balancing innovation opportunities against potential risks of integrating AI into clinical practice through rigorous standards and governance.

- Education: Equipping clinical and operational colleagues with the knowledge to leverage AI in a safe, trustworthy manner, and instruct others in its effective use.

- Invention: Testing and developing new AI-enabled products that safely and responsibly drive improved health outcomes.

"Years of fostering an innovation mindset have accelerated Hartford HealthCare's portfolio of AI-related activities and capabilities," Dr. Stein said. As an example, he mentions collaboration with Prof. Dimitris Bertsimas, associate dean of analytics at MIT-Sloan, in Cambridge, MA, through which Hartford HealthCare Innovation developed a startup company, Holistic Hospital Optimization (H2O). H2O uses AI to help healthcare providers optimize the flow of patients and other hospital operations, return patients home more quickly and safely, optimize staff time spent with patients, and free up space and services during peak demand.

The health system has also embarked on research initiatives, according to the HHC statement, noting that many of which have translated into clinical and operational practice. Those include predicting COVID-19-related events, hospital length of stay, patient deterioration, transcatheter aortic valve surgery outcomes, secondary stroke events, joint replacement surgery outcomes; as well as optimizing nursing scheduling and operating room efficiency.

"Hartford HealthCare's Center for AI Innovation in Healthcare is a beacon of hope and progress, illuminating the path toward a future where AI empowers healthcare professionals, enhances patient experiences and ultimately saves lives," says Ajay Kumar, MD, HHC's Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer. "This is not merely an initiative. It is a declaration of intent — a commitment to lead the charge in shaping a future where healthcare thrives on the transformative power of AI."

Hartford HealthCare Overview
With 40,000 colleagues, Hartford HealthCare's care-delivery system encompasses more than 500 locations serving 185 towns and cities. The system includes: two tertiary-level teaching hospitals, an acute-care community teaching hospital, an acute-care hospital and trauma center, three community hospitals, a behavioral health network, a multispecialty physician group, a clinical care organization, among other regional home care, senior services, mobile neighborhood health program, physical therapy and rehabilitation networks. 

The unique, system-wide Institute Model offers a unified high standard of care in crucial specialties at hospital and ambulatory sites across Connecticut offering unparalleled expertise at the most affordable cost, reported the Center launch overview. In 2023, Hartford Healthcare became the first and only health system in Connecticut to earn all A's from Leapfrog Group, a data-based organization focused on patient safety.

More information: www.HartfordHealthCare.org


Related Content

News | Radiology Business

April 17, 2024 — VISTA.AI announced the appointment of Daniel Hawkins as President and CEO. The company is pioneering AI ...

Time April 17, 2024
arrow
News | Mammography

April 16, 2024 — The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and GE HealthCare announced their collaboration to ...

Time April 16, 2024
arrow
Videos | Breast Imaging

Don't miss ITN's latest "One on One" video interview with AAWR Past President and American College of Radiology (ACR) ...

Time April 15, 2024
arrow
News | Mammography

April 12, 2024 — GE HealthCare, a leader in breast health technology and diagnostics, will feature its latest breast ...

Time April 12, 2024
arrow
News | PACS

April 11, 2024 — Mach7 Technologies, a company specializing in innovative medical imaging and data management solutions ...

Time April 11, 2024
arrow
News | Radiation Dose Management

April 11, 2024 — Prelude Corporation (PreludeDx), a leader in precision diagnostics for early-stage breast cancer ...

Time April 11, 2024
arrow
News | Mammography

April 11, 2024 — Volpara Health Technologies Ltd., a global leader in software for the early detection and prevention of ...

Time April 11, 2024
arrow
News | Society of Breast Imaging (SBI)

April 11, 2024 — iCAD, Inc., a global leader in clinically proven AI-powered cancer detection solutions, announced today ...

Time April 11, 2024
arrow
News | Cybersecurity

April 10, 2024 — The American Medical Association (AMA) released informal survey findings (PDF) showing the ongoing ...

Time April 10, 2024
arrow
News | Breast Imaging

April 8, 2024 — iCAD, Inc., a global leader in clinically proven AI-powered cancer detection solutions, is proud to ...

Time April 08, 2024
arrow
Subscribe Now