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VCH contributes to Iris, Canada's first AI-based co-pilot for diagnostic imaging

19/07/2022

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is the primary data provider for the Iris Platform, Canada's first artificial intelligence-based co-pilot for diagnostic imaging analysis and course-of-treatment planning and monitoring. VCH and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) are joining GE Healthcare, Konica Minolta, the University of British Columbia and BC Cancer on this project as a part of the Digital Supercluster, led by Synthesis Health.

Diagnostic imaging is used to determine course of treatment, monitor treatment response, predict the likelihood of disease and diagnose injury or illness. The rise of demand for medical imaging following the pandemic has resulted in increased volume as well as communication and workflow challenges due to remote work environments, impacting successful medical treatment and timely intervention.

Iris will increase the speed and accuracy of front-line course-of-treatment decisions and improve the ability of radiologists and physicians to consistently find abnormalities in radiology images. By reducing the variability of interpretation amongst clinicians, interpretation of examinations and the quality of care to patients can be improved. Iris will also better streamline communication and workflow processes, adding to speed and accuracy the ability to address large volumes of medical images.

“Vancouver General Hospital is the quaternary care stroke Centre of Excellence for British Columbia and VCH is providing more than ten years of clinical data related to stroke and related conditions to this initiative. Researchers from VCHRI will contribute clinical and research expertise to make the best use of this rich dataset," says Dr. Thalia Field, stroke neurologist and clinician-researcher at VCH. “The aim is to develop AI tools to enhance risk-stratification and risk prediction to guide therapeutic strategies, conserve resources and improve clinical workflows."

The Digital Supercluster is uniquely positioned to leverage scalable technology, existing machine learning development platforms and bridge academia and industry expertise to create and integrate Iris. The project will establish a National Advisory Council on AI in Healthcare with the goal of enhancing Canada's reputation as a global powerhouse in this field.

Learn more about the Digital Supercluster and the Iris project
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