Sorting out AI, ML, DL, and NLP

The alphabet soup of acronyms in the world Artificial Intelligence. What are they? What do they mean? What is the difference between them? This is our ongoing reporting on AI and how it is being integrated into healthcare technology. We are seeking out the thought leaders and innovations that are moving the needle forward using artificial intelligence. Read more posts on Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare.

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In the News

Novant Health selects prescriptive analytics leader Jvion as inaugural partner for new Institute of Innovation & Artificial Intelligence
Jvion (@JvionHealth), a leader in AI-enabled prescriptive analytics for preventable harm, announced a partnership with Novant Health (@NovantHealth) as part of the newly launched Novant Health Institute of Innovation & Artificial Intelligence. Working together, the partners aim to reduce readmissions for congestive heart failure (CHF) patients, which can be as high as 35% in the first year and can double with each subsequent hospitalization. By integrating clinical and socioeconomic data and leveraging Jvion’s artificial intelligence (AI) technology, the companies aim to identify the most relevant interventions for the patients most likely to respond to them.

Compulink Launches E-Commerce Solution for its All-in-One Optometry EHR at Vision Expo West
Compulink Healthcare Solutions (@CompulinkEHR), the creator of Advantage SMART Practice®, the EHR and practice management system powered by artificial intelligence (AI), will officially unveil its MyEyeStore® e-commerce solution at Vision Expo West from September 19-21, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV. MyEyeStore allows eye care practices to offer their patients the ability to order contact lenses and other recommended products directly from them online, anytime and anywhere.

InveniAI Launches Suite of Products Powered by AlphaMeld™, an Artificial Intelligence Platform, to Enable Robust Decision Making for Multiple Stakeholders in the Life Sciences
InveniAI® Corporation (@Inveni_AI), a global leader pioneering the application of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to transform innovation across healthcare and other industries, announced the expansion of its flagship AI- and ML-driven innovation monitoring platform, AlphaMeld™. This expansion will provide a suite of products to facilitate the democratization of data analysis across the life sciences value chain and tap into InveniAI’s extensive domain expertise and curated data sets that have been aligned with industry specific algorithms.

Analysis shows AI health coaching coupled with home blood pressure monitoring leads to significant reduction in blood pressure
Lark Health (@ourlark), the leading chronic disease prevention and management platform, and Omron Healthcare, Inc. (@OmronHealthUS), the global leader in personal heart health and wellness technology, released the results of a joint analysis that shows the benefits of real-time coaching through artificial intelligence (AI) coupled with a connected home blood pressure monitoring device for controlling hypertension.

Change Healthcare Artificial Intelligence Rewrites the Rules of Charge Capture
Change Healthcare (@Change_HC) introduced Charge Capture Advisor, a new cloud-based addition to the company’s portfolio of Revenue Integrity Solutions. The solution uses Change Healthcare Artificial Intelligence to identify potentially missing charges for services that providers actually performed before claims are submitted. The result: more complete capture of services rendered without additional time and effort by hospital revenue integrity teams.

Wolters Kluwer Supports #SepsisAwareness Month to Increase Momentum of U.S. Sepsis Score Improvement
On World Sepsis Day, Wolters Kluwer, Health (@wkhealth) announced it is increasing efforts to raise #sepsisawareness nationwide through improved sepsis management, detection and care. Following last year’s initiative by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Hospital Compare website to put the spotlight on hospitals’ sepsis care performance, Wolters Kluwer has been committed to helping hospitals and health systems improve their sepsis care using artificial intelligence (AI) and expert solutions.

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From the leading text book around the world, Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach.

Artificial Intelligence is composed of six different disciplines:

  1. Natural Language Processing to enable it to communicate successfully in English
  2. Knowledge Representation to store what it knows or hears
  3. Automated Reasoning to use the stored information to answer questions and to draw new conclusions
  4. Machine Learning to adapt to new circumstances and to detect and extrapolate patterns
  5. Computer Vision to perceive objects
  6. Robotics to manipulate objects and move about

To build a generally intelligent agent, you need machine learning in addition to the other aspects mentioned above.

Machine Learning is roughly the science of prediction. Given certain knowns (features), you wish to predict some unknowns (targets). The unknown could be structured (e.g. numeric) or unstructured (e.g. a string response).

Deep Learning is a sub field of machine learning where concepts are learned hierarchically. The simplest concepts emerge first, followed by more complicated concepts that build on the simpler ones. Usually, this leads to a simple layered hierarchy of concepts.

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Natural Language Processing: AI with an ROI
Health care providers need to see a return on any analytic investment they make. Natural language processing (NLP) is one way AI can help providers convert the potential within their health data into quality improvement and cost savings. Natural language processing is an AI technology that actually makes sense for health care.

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Navigating the A.I. and Cognitive Maze – If you work in the area of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Cognitive Computing, you might use buzz words and phrases which to others might be perceived as confusing jargon. This article attempts to explain what these terms mean, how they relate to one other and where they all fit along the AI and cognitive time continuum. I include a glossary of my top 20 useful AI/cognitive terms — and advice on getting started on your AI/cognitive journey.