Much like Microsoft’s mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, the mission of the American Hospital Association (AHA) is succinct and straightforward: to advance the health of individuals and communities. Microsoft’s new partnership with AHA builds off our respective missions to launch an educational course on the future of artificial intelligence in healthcare operations and the delivery of clinical care. Called “Microsoft AI in Health Care: Leading Through Change”, this free, 1-hour virtual training for AHA members and Microsoft clinical customers is taught by experts to:
- Raise awareness and increase understanding of the scope of AI in healthcare, including:
- The risks and opportunities when applying AI in clinical settings.
- AI’s role in the future of care delivery.
- Highlight clinical and administrative AI use cases.
- Provide another avenue for physicians, nurses and hospital administrators to earn continuing education credits.
AI reshaping health
Healthcare is evolving and moving faster than we could imagine — and AI is playing a central role in unlocking new insights from data, advancing discoveries, and improving patient and operational outcomes. We’re seeing AI reshape health, especially in response to COVID-19. For example:
- Our trusted Healthcare Bot service is helping more than 31 million people access critical COVID-19 healthcare information.
- Through Project Talia, we are exploring how to best leverage AI to improve the effectiveness of vital mental health services.
- Microsoft partners are developing secure AI-driven solutions allowing clinicians and hospitals to predict COVID-19 patient volumes and bed availability. They’re also using AI for public health purposes, such as creating community vulnerability maps to locate COVID “hot spots.”
- Bryan Medical Center and Ocuvera received a 2020 Microsoft Health Innovation Award for using AI predictive technology in a solution aimed at reducing the 1 million falls that happen in hospitals each year.
- AI for Health, Microsoft’s $40 million, five-year program to advance the health of people and communities around the world, is helping those on the front lines of COVID-19 research.
- Cancer researchers at The Jackson Laboratory are using Microsoft AI to accelerate the development of precision medicine that, in some cases, is more effective than traditional chemotherapy and has fewer side effects.
It’s clear that AI offers unlimited space for innovation as well as enabling health professionals to work more efficiently and effectively in the face of unprecedented change.
Smarter, safer, and better care
We’re seeing the U. S. health industry step into a new era where organizations that enable their workforce with AI will gain a competitive advantage. A first and critical step to reimagine healthcare and achieve more with AI is educating nurses and physicians on how this technology is transforming care across the continuum — today and in the future. That’s why we are proud to invest in and work with AHA to deliver this timely and relevant educational experience.
Learn more: Hear from Microsoft Chief Nursing Officer, Molly McCarthy as she discusses the impetus for the course with Robyn Begley, Chief Nursing Officer for the American Hospital Association and CEO of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership.