The University of Kansas has tested AI software designed to take notes from doctor-patient conversations. The technology, developed by Pittsburgh-based startup Abridge, hopes it will help reduce the burden on doctors.
As cardiologist Shivdev Rao, CEO of Abridge, told the publication, doctors can spend hours writing notes and protocols for patient treatment sessions, which becomes an additional burden on their usual work schedule.
Abridge software automatically generates a patient admission summary using artificial intelligence algorithms and natural language processing. The software works by identifying key words spoken during the reception and classifying important information.
A reporter from The Register tried out Abridge's development by pretending to be a patient and reporting that he suffers from shortness of breath, diabetes and drinks three bottles of wine every week. The Abridge software recorded the conversation with the doctor and highlighted the symptoms, medicines recommended by the doctor, and actions to be taken at future visits.
Notes are available to both patients and doctors. The first can access them through the application, and doctors can edit the records if they need to clarify something. They can also click on certain keywords to have the software play back the parts of the conversation as they were spoken.
The university tested the development on more than 200,000 patients with the participation of 2,000 doctors. In the near future, Abridge intends to test it in the real work of one of the American hospitals.