Epic extends M*Modal collaboration with AI to help EHR workflow

Dive Brief:

  • M*Modal has augmented its artificial intelligence (AI) platform to support Epic System’s NoteReader Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) module.

  • Epic NoteReader CDI uses the M*Modal Computer-Assisted Physician Documentation (CAPD) technology, as well as CAPD infrastructure and reporting capabilities, to offer automated physician feedback.

  • The M*Modal CAPD technology analyzes documentation and applies machine learning across the patient record to deliver insights and suggestions for quality and compliance as the note is being created.

Dive Insight:

The collaboration with Epic is M*Modal’s latest joint effort on cloud-based speech recognition and natural language understanding technologies. The technology can “analyze clinical notes and deliver real-time physician feedback" on gaps, such as medication and allergy lists, according to M*Modal's prepared statement.

Artificial intelligence has become a hot topic in healthcare. Global technologies like Apple have shown an interest and industry leaders spoke of AI’s potential during HIMSS17.

Though there is excitement, industry leaders are suggesting caution.

"While exciting, artificial intelligence in healthcare is still very new, providing great opportunity to explore use cases, data sources, and applications. What the healthcare industry needs is experimentation, discovery and flexible platforms that enable us to fully understand the power and impact AI will have on healthcare overall,” Dr. Josh Newman, Salesforce CMO, told Healthcare Dive in February.

Epic holds about one-quarter of the acute EHR market with competitor Cerner picking up another one-quarter. Epic provides online scheduling for the Veterans Administration (VA) as part of a five-year, $624 million contract with the VA. 

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