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The computer will see you now: Artificial Intelligence usage grows at Central Florida hospitals

Caroline Catherman, Orlando Sentinel on

Published in Business News

Central Florida’s two major health systems, Orlando Health and AdventHealth Central Florida, are widely using Artificial Intelligence for administrative work and, increasingly, to sound early alarms about potential illnesses, including deadly pancreatic cancer and sepsis.

Eventually, some experts think AI could even be used to diagnose patients and make treatment decisions.

On one hand, a growing body of research suggests this could make patients safer because the computer software that generates AI doesn’t get tired or make mistakes like overworked medical staff.

But a lot of people are alarmed by the prospect. A 2023 Pew Research poll found 60% of Americans are uncomfortable with AI being used in their health care. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has warned AI can still be prone to human bias.

For those concerned, health-care leaders emphasize that doctors are still making care decisions, every step of the way.

“We are not trying to replace people’s thinking. We’re just trying to enhance it,” said Dr. Victor Herrera, who in September was appointed the chief clinical officer for AdventHealth’s Central Florida Division – South Region. “There is always a physician, a nurse, a licensed professional that is qualified ultimately making the decision.”

 

Nearly 700 applications so far

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved 692 artificial intelligence and machine-learning enabled medical devices as of December.

AdventHealth Central Florida uses AI in more than 40 ways. An AI Advisory Board meets monthly to vet potential new technology.

Most AI-assisted tasks involve administrative work, like recording and transcribing appointments, then generating clinical notes and summaries. This saves much-needed time for providers amid Florida’s chronic staffing shortage.

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