Novant Health Launches Artificial Intelligence Institute

June 11, 2019

The Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Novant Health has launched an innovation and artificial intelligence (AI) spinout that will focus on the technologies required to provide highly personalized care for patients, while also looking to accelerate new solutions.

The Novant Heath Institute of Innovation & Artificial Intelligence will look to partner with technology companies, research organizations, universities and other healthcare organizations to leverage the work already in place within Novant Health’s digital products and services team. It will also involve Novant Health’s physician partners to participate in these innovative solutions for care delivery across their areas, according to officials.

Health system executives will aim to identify solutions that can provide actionable data and insights for preventive prediction, diagnosis and treatment to Novant Health’s patients. The institute will be led by Eric Eskioglu, M.D., executive vice president and chief medical officer for Novant Health, and Angela Yochem, executive vice president and chief digital and tech officer for Novant Health.

Some Novant Health team members will rotate in and out of the institute as subject matter experts on an as-needed basis, while others may have full-time assignments there. Leaders throughout the organization are encouraged to participate to optimize care in their specialties, officials noted.

“We are really excited to partner with AI-based companies for our relentless pursuit of top notch patient care, safety and quality,” Eskioglu said in a statement. “The institute will help Novant Health develop both clinical and operational solutions that streamline patient care across our healthcare system.”

“It’s an exciting time to be in health care because of the proliferation of AI-based solutions that anticipate patient needs and improve overall experience,” added Yochem. “As we build our competencies in AI and machine learning, we want our team members, business partners and providers to have a place where they can present their ideas to improve the delivery of care.”