News | Artificial Intelligence | March 22, 2023

Nuance and Microsoft have announced the first fully AI-automated clinical documentation application for healthcare, its Dragon Ambient eXperience (DAX) Express. The technology will be showcased at the 2023 Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Global Health Conference, to be held April 17-21 in Chicago, IL.

Nuance and Microsoft have announced the first fully AI-automated clinical documentation application for healthcare, its Dragon Ambient eXperience (DAX) Express, which will be showcased at the 2023 Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Global Health Conference, to be held April 17-21 in Chicago, IL.

Nuance and Microsoft have announced the first fully AI-automated clinical documentation application for healthcare, its Dragon Ambient eXperience (DAX) Express. The technology will be showcased at the 2023 Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Global Health Conference, to be held April 17-21 in Chicago, IL. Photo credit: Getty Images


March 22, 2023 — Nuance Communications, Inc., a Microsoft company, has announced DAX Express, its next milestone in its portfolio of solutions combining OpenAI’s GPT-4 with proven workflow-integrated technology to define the future of intelligence-infused healthcare experiences.

Nuance will showcase its Dragon Ambient eXperience (DAX) Express at the 2023 Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Global Health Conference, HIMSS23, to be held April 17-21 in Chicago, IL. In a news release issued by Nuance detailing the technology, the company noted that DAX Express is a workflow-integrated, fully automated clinical documentation application. Its capabilities are built on proven AI solutions that deliver value and outcomes for physicians, nurses, radiologists, and patients, and serve to further automate complex workflows and mundane tasks, surface key details, and identify missing information to support patient care, according to the company.

In highlighting key features, the announcement noted that DAX Express is the first to combine proven conversational AI with OpenAI's newest and most capable model, GPT-4. Extending the proven Dragon Medical portfolio of solutions, and building on the market-leading DAX ambient solution which was launched in 2020, DAX Express is the next milestone in Nuance's long-standing mission to reduce administrative burden and empower clinicians to spend more time taking care of patients and less time on paperwork. According to a company statement announcing the release, DAX Express makes available world-class AI to more than 550,000 Dragon Medical users, is enhanced by GPT-4, and amplified by the power of Microsoft Azure.

"Nuance and Microsoft came together with the goal of helping to digitally transform healthcare, and today we are marking the next step forward in the ongoing evolution of AI-powered solutions for overburdened care providers," said Mark Benjamin, CEO of Nuance. He further added, "We've taken the power and advanced reasoning capabilities of GPT-4 and integrated it into our proven outcomes-focused AI technologies in a tested and responsible way. Our state-of-the-art blend of conversational, ambient, and generative AI will accelerate the advancement of the care delivery ecosystem beyond what Nuance or Microsoft could have achieved separately – expanding our comprehensive portfolio of solutions that fulfill our vision to improve care quality and support enhanced outcomes for generations to come."

"Microsoft and Nuance have been ahead of the curve in innovating AI solutions, and organizations large and small have long trusted our responsible, secure applications and infrastructure," said Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President, Cloud + AI Group at Microsoft. "With DAX Express, we are leveraging the revolutionary capabilities of large model AI to deliver outcomes-focused healthcare applications at scale."

Using a unique combination of conversational, ambient, and generative AI, DAX Express automatically and securely creates draft clinical notes in seconds for immediate clinical review and completion after each patient visit in the exam room or via telehealth patient conversations. Clinicians will benefit from the seamless capabilities of Dragon Medical One, DAX and DAX Express, which are tightly integrated into the electronic medical record, beginning from pre-visit through post-encounter, reducing cognitive burdens and helping increase the joy of practicing medicine.

The company reports that its healthcare portfolio gives customers even more flexibility to automate and enhance their clinical documentation workflows with the accuracy and reliability of Dragon Medical One, the customized, full-service experience of DAX, and the immediacy and speed of DAX Express. Nuance's solutions are a part of the Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare and amplified by the AI-optimized cloud infrastructure of Azure, expanding the impact of industry-defining AI to help transform healthcare experiences and outcomes.

"Nuance continuously delivers innovations that clinicians need and want to overcome technological barriers and administrative burdens, improve care quality, and re-prioritize human relationships in medicine," said Jeffrey Cleveland, MD, FAAP, Chief Medical Information Officer, Advocate Health Southeast. "With decades of experience creating proven clinical documentation solutions, it is no surprise that Nuance is leading the way in bringing the most advanced generative AI to the exam room at scale."

BJ Moore, CIO, Providence said, "What makes this breakthrough so impactful is that the power of artificial intelligence is magnified by the unique strengths of Nuance and Microsoft. Microsoft's engineering and market resources and the scale of the Azure cloud, paired with Nuance's long-standing experience in healthcare and its commitment to patient data privacy and responsible use of AI, create an impressive foundation to significantly improve healthcare experiences and support better outcomes. They are setting the stage for innovation that will shape healthcare delivery across the industry."

DAX Express will be included for users of DAX and available as an addition to Dragon Medical One further reducing burnout-causing cognitive burdens and empowering physicians to focus on exceptional patient care, experiences, and outcomes. Consistent with Nuance's longstanding commitment to data security and privacy, DAX Express is HIPAA-compliant and developed with an approach to help create AI products that are trustworthy and safe. The company will be making DAX Express available in private preview this summer.

More information: www. nuance.com

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