According to a report by Health Data Management, Blue Shield of California (BSC) is planning on using the Apple Watch to improve doctor’s visits.
“BSC, together with its health services partner Altais, have partnered with Notable Health, a company that provides technology to captures office visits through the use of artificial intelligence.
“The data is captured, then the tool adds lab results, prescriptions and referrals, and prepares everything for sign-off for addition to the EHR. In short, the doctor wears the watch, speaks naturally during the office visit, and the technology does the rest.”
BCS and Altais hope to roll out the technology to BSC’s network of doctors first, then expand as it proves successful. The Paradise (Calif.) Medical Group will be the first to receive the new tech and is slated to start using it soon.
Notable’s platform uses artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and natural language processing to pair down the audio it hears to the most relevant data necessary for EHR records. Even after the visit, the AI continues to organize the information to expedite claims.
As Jeff Bailet, MD, president and CEO of Altais said: “Our goal is to help physicians seamlessly leverage technology to improve the health and well-being of their patients—all while reducing administrative hassles and enhancing their professional gratification. Notable Health will help us get there with its digital assistant technology that automates manual tasks across any electronic health record.”
With a 2016 study showing that physicians only spend a total of 27 percent of their day interacting with patients, as opposed to 49.2 percent spent on EHR and desk work, this initiative could prove to be a boon to doctors everywhere.