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Creating better healthcare with artificial intelligence tools

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CALGARY, ALBERTA, May 29, 2024Alberta's healthcare system is one step closer to benefiting from artificial intelligence. Thanks to funding from Alberta Innovates, it can improve healthcare delivery, support physicians, and improve diagnosis and treatment.

Ten university research teams and two private companies will receive $9.5 million under a new program to remove barriers preventing the use of artificial intelligence in healthcare. The Enabling Better Health Through Artificial Intelligence program launched in fall 2023 with a total budget of $8 million. Due to the large number of high-quality proposals submitted, Alberta Innovates has reallocated an additional $1.5 million to ensure these innovations are advanced in Alberta.

Calgary-based Mikata Health Inc. is developing its Mika AI Scribe technology to automate and streamline manual paperwork and data entry by physicians and other clinicians. This allows physicians to focus on patients, improving the patient experience while reducing physician workload and burnout. Mikata Health has received $800,000 to research and develop the technology, lead privacy, security and ethics for AI, and work closely with clinicians and healthcare teams to test and implement the technology.

QUOTES

“Alberta is a globally recognized leader in AI, and we aim to be Canada's most innovative state. Our investments in AI research, including the AI ​​Better Health Program, will strengthen our health care system and support physicians. By reducing manual paperwork and administrative burdens for physicians, we can help them focus on what they do best: caring for their patients.”

– Minister Nate Glubish, Technology and Innovation

“Supporting digital health solutions is one of our core priorities. Our program provides the research funding needed to help companies and innovators identify and overcome barriers to the wider use of artificial intelligence. The goal is to deliver faster, better healthcare to Albertans and develop new technologies here in Alberta that can be exported around the world.”

– Laura Kilcrease, CEO, Alberta Innovates

“Mikata Health is pleased to be a recipient of the AI ​​Better Health program. This support will enable us to accelerate the development of our AI Scribe technology. The technology addresses critical issues of healthcare provider workload and burnout and will also help improve care for Albertans.”

– Kyle Nishiyama, CEO and co-founder, Mikata Health Inc.

Other projects accepted in the program include:

  • Five research projects at the University of Alberta using artificial intelligence to improve Alberta 811 Health Link, better predict opioid overdoses, and optimize diagnostic imaging.
  • Five research projects at the University of Calgary are using artificial intelligence to, among other things, better identify and treat stroke patients, prevent outbreaks of hospital-acquired infections, and understand the social determinants of health.
  • Another private company is developing an AI-based decision support tool for patients with coronary artery disease.

Ongoing efforts

As work progresses, Alberta Innovates will maximize the benefits of these projects by coordinating a health sector committee to provide ethical and technical advice. The committee will also help apply the research directly within Alberta's health system. Support from individual physicians, clinics and the health system as a whole will help ensure adoption of the technologies as they develop.

applicant

Project description

financing

Mikata Health Inc.

AI for greater efficiency among doctors and better patient care: Practical implementation of leading models, data protection, security and data integration

800,000 US dollars

University of Alberta

SCANAID – Screening of congenital heart defects using artificial intelligence

$798,857

University of Alberta

An agile AI pipeline for urgent healthcare conditions requiring diagnostic imaging.

799,662 USD

University of Alberta

Developing AI to support timely and informed proposals for Alberta Health Link 811.

783,988 USD

University of Alberta

Evaluating AI-based opioid overdose prediction: from research to practice

800,000 US dollars

University of Alberta

Improved navigation and access to mental health services and programs: The informative chatbot MIRA with artificial intelligence.

$799,447

University of Calgary

AISA: AI-assisted identification and screening of treatable ischemic strokes in Alberta.

800,000 US dollars

University of Calgary

Stop the outbreak of hospital-acquired infections by equipping infection prevention and control teams with automated, AI-powered genomic analysis technology.

$799,989

University of Calgary

Digital health tools and artificial intelligence to understand and address social determinants of health in primary care.

$755,500

University of Calgary

AI-supported individual health risk prediction for spinal cord injuries and other diseases.

800,000 US dollars

University of Calgary

A scalable digital health platform for the ethical and equitable implementation of artificial intelligence clinical decision support (AI-CDS).

$795,625

Symbiotic AI

Towards the implementation and adoption of an AI-based decision support tool for patients with coronary artery disease in real-world clinical settings.

$799,969

In total

9,533,038 USD

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