TriHealth invests $10M in adoption of IBM Watson Health

TriHealth, a Cincinnati-based health system, has announced a $10 million investment to implement the IBM Watson Health’s Enterprise Imaging Portfolio.

Using IBM’s portfolio, TriHealth aims to update its picture archiving and communication system (PACS) infrastructure to take advantage of artificial intelligence (AI) and applications for medical imaging.  The overall goal at TriHealth was to develop a system of interoperability. With IBM’s Watson, radiologists can go through the workflow of storage and management of image data on their electronic health record (EHR) system.

“We are excited to establish this valuable collaboration with IBM Watson Health for our enterprise imaging project,” said Frank Schlueter, MD, System Chief of Radiology for TriHealth. “I believe this advanced imaging technology will significantly improve the workflow of radiology and other image intensive specialties, enhancing our physicians’ ability to diagnose and treat patients.” 

The interoperability gained through the Watson Health Imaging will also be accompanied by the adoption of IBM Watson Imaging Clinical Review, which analyzed EHR data to provide accurate and coordinated care decision support.

“Our goal is to provide our physicians with a tool that delivers data and insight that helps optimize efficiency and quality in the care they deliver to patients,” said John Ward, TriHealth’s Senior Vice-President and Chief Information Officer. “After thoroughly reviewing a number of technologies, we chose Watson Health Imaging because of its advanced technology and architecture designed for the future of imaging, including the onset of Artificial Intelligence in the industry.”