AI News, Artificial intelligence, bias and clinical safety


Health IT has also enabled entirely new opportunities to improve diagnosis, including telehealth, the use of ‘trigger tools’ to monitor diagnostic safety and quality, and the new decision-support tools that are available today to assist with everyday diagnosis.

The presenter will share recent patient focus group results and current tools, methods, and strategies that are currently being used by healthcare systems, clinicians and practices to engage patients and family members in improving diagnostic safety and quality. April

Sheryl Kalbach, Social Worker in the Experience Department at Seattle Children’s Hospital, will discuss supporting providers in the “soft skills” involved in diagnosis/disclosure/follow-up/support, how a provider’s comfort level and approach to communication colors the experience of the patient and family, and the importance of bringing transparency to the diagnostic process (and all that surrounds it) with patients and families.

Balint groups are a well-established format for discussion of cases that are challenging for providers, from complex patient interactions to unexpected events, with a goal of helping participants transform uncertainty, confusion, and difficulty in the patient-provider relationship into a more therapeutic alliance.

Presented by Kit Hoffman with first-hand experience of setting up such a program at Confluence Health, this webinar offers listeners a chance to learn about designing automatic, non-punitive support that reduces psychological, physical, and professional distress for healthcare professionals and equips them to deliver safe, compassionate care.

Kit will share the unique approach they’ve brought to this effort in designing Confluence’s BESIDE program, incorporating a mental health professional into the process, and go over research identifying key elements of Care for the Colleague programs with practical steps for implementation and evaluation.

This webinar is appropriate for front-line clinicians, patient safety and quality professionals, mental health professionals, healthcare leadership, and anyone else interested in learning about implementing care for the colleague in the workplace.

In this webinar, we looked at these challenges through the lens of health equity and social determinants of health with a focus on diabetes, a hugely prevalent disease that is widely known to disproportionately affect underserved populations. Presenter Lisa Packard, who has spent years focused on health inequities and diabetes, shared how diabetes patients can take charge of their health through community-based workshops teaching positive self-management techniques.

Most importantly, participants were equipped with tips and debiasing techniques for mitigating implicit bias as a strategy for reducing disparities in health and healthcare and for promoting health equity. This webinar was appropriate for front-line clinicians, patient safety and quality improvement professionals, and anyone involved or interested in making strides in health equity work.

According to researchers with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, there is a growing evidence-base that “designing for safety and quality can improve patient outcomes and safety, promote healing, increase patient satisfaction, and reduce costs.” David Frum and Mary McHugh joined us to share lessons about this important element of safety culture that is too often overlooked.

This webinar was appropriate for hospital and clinic administrators, nursing leaders, facility design professionals, employee health professionals, quality improvement professionals, infection prevention professionals, pharmacists, safety officers, and anyone involved in a healthcare setting who was interested in getting an in-depth look at Safety Risk Assessment, healthcare redesign, and human factors engineering with compelling first-person examples. February

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers in healthcare and social assistance settings are 5 times more likely to be victims of nonfatal violent acts than the average worker in any other occupation, with ER nurses being at the highest risk and prevalence unfortunately on the rise.

Dr. Yragui, who has spent years dedicated to studying workplace aggression, introduced lessons learned from a qualitative study conducted by herself and her SHARP research team, findings from nursing staff focus groups and supervisor interviews, team support strategies for safety, and how patient safety is linked to staff safety through these prevention strategies.

Especially relevant following the recent opioid crisis compact signed by Governor Inslee, this three-part presentation shared 1) the epidemiology of the problem, with attention to population health inequities, 2) current work underway in Washington State to align prescribing practices with evidence-based guidelines, and 3) concrete ways healthcare professionals could help implement the goals of these initiatives from within their networks.

This was a highly educational webinar appropriate for clinicians, prescribers, policy makers, hospital administrators, and anyone with a shared interest in contributing to opioid epidemic solutions in Washington State.  September 28th | Part one of the Addiction Treatment Series: “Current Tools in Behavioral Health and Addiction Care for Rural Healthcare and Beyond.” With so much in progress in the increasingly critical topic of addiction treatment and its integration with mental/behavioral health, it can be difficult for healthcare professionals to keep up with what kind of resources are available and how to utilize them.

In this kick-off to our series, Dr. Ries of the UW Medical School familiarized listeners with current tools and resources available here in Washington State aimed at effectively caring for mental/behavioral health populations, addressing warning signs of addiction, employing intervention tools, and utilizing best practices for referral to treatment.

Policy, process changes needed to safely integrate AI into clinical workflows | Healthcare IT News

A new report from the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy explores some of the policy changes that should be made to enable safer and more effective deployment of artificial intelligence in healthcare.

Duke report takes stock of the existing legal and regulatory landscape for algorithm-based CDS and diagnostic support software, and lays out some essential priorities to work toward in the years ahead to ensure safe deployment of AI in clinical settings.

The Duke-Margolis paper, meant as a 'resource for developers, regulators, clinicians, policy makers, and other stakeholders as they strive to effectively, ethically, and safely incorporate AI as a fundamental component in diagnostic error prevention and other types of CDS,' looks at some of the major challenges and opportunities facing AI in the years ahead.

the technological capabilities and clinical applications of AI-enabled decision support continue to expand, the Duke researchers said more regulatory clarity from agencies such as FDA, which has signaled an appetite for much wider approval of machine learning apps, is needed to protect patients from wanton use of the 'black box' algorithms that many have warned about.

'Integrating AI into healthcare safely and effectively will need to be a careful process, requiring policymakers and stakeholders to strike a balance between the essential work of safeguarding patients while ensuring that innovators have access to the tools they need to succeed in making products that improve the public health,' he said.

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