HIMSS18: Startup links community services with AI to improve social determinant insights
Pieces Technologies, the Dallas-based AI and predictive analytics startup that grew out of Parkland Health & Hospital System, is showcasing its continuing innovation on the patient safety and population health fronts at HIMSS18.
Pieces' cloud-based clinical decision support tools let healthcare organizations put algorithms to work helping reduce lengths of stay, prevent readmissions, lower medication risks, avoid unnecessary hospitalizations and more.
The company's applications use natural language processing, machine learning and artificial intelligence for predictive modeling that can help streamline clinician workflows and improve patient outcomes.
On March 5, Pieces CEO Ruben Amarasingham, MD, will kick off the week with a presentation at the HIMSS Machine Learning & AI for Healthcare conference, called "Why Clinical Augmentation is Necessary for Healthcare AI to Work." He'll explain how oversight from carbon-based life forms is a necessary key to ensuring the efficacy and success of artificial intelligence applications.
At Pieces Technologies booth, meanwhile, the company will be showcasing its capabilities while highlighting what it calls the "new ROI" – return on insights.
It aims to show how health systems can drive clinical and operational improvements with its Pieces Decisions Sciences platform, as well as the Pieces Iris technology, which links hospitals to community services organizations to help them gain better insights from social determinants of health.
Among the recent success for the technology is a partnership announced in January with NTT DATA Services, which will integrate the Decisions Sciences software into its own portfolio.
"Our team has been working in the AI and predictive analytics space for a number of years and we’re really excited to see it come to scale at an event like HIMSS," said Amarasingham. "Having the ability to provide better patient care by leveraging these technologies, and impact insights and streamline workflow, will mean that we continue to better patient care and improve outcomes."
At HIMSS18, Pieces Tech will also be launching its new EWS & Sepsis module, which offers an automated early warning system to help spot sepsis and HAIs as early as possible. The company notes that one client was able to decrease sepsis mortality by 15 percent with the tool/
"AI has the ability to analyze massive volumes of data and alert caregivers – in our case up to 48 hours in advance of needing the rapid response team," said Mary Piepenbrink, RN, senior vice president of sales and client success at Pieces Technology.
The Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation, Pieces' nonprofit research affiliate will be exploring AI's role in protecting patient safety and improving pop health in two education sessions at HIMSS: "AI-Powered Early Warning System to Improve Patient Safety" and "Social-Health Data Exchange Facilitates Chronic Disease Care," both on March 8.
Pieces Technologies is in Booth 169.
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