Tuesday, May 24, 2022

AI Innovation Coalition Launches With Microsoft

REDMOND, Wash. — Microsoft is joining a group of organizations in a coalition to “transform” health care through the responsible adoption of artificial intelligence (AI)

The Artificial Intelligence Industry Innovation Coalition (AI3C) is made up of several other organizations: the Brookings Institution; Cleveland Clinic; Duke Health; Intermountain Healthcare; Novant Health; Plug and Play; Providence; UC San Diego; and University of Virginia, according to Microsoft this month.

The coalition’s goal is to maximize technology to “provide recommendations, tooling, and best practices for AI in health care.”

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The AI3C board will be composed of volunteer senior executives acting as advisers. They will work to co-create AI solutions for positive societal and health care outcomes, identify and set the AI strategy and vision for projects, and track the success of AI adoption in the market. 

Each member organization nominated its own AI ambassadors to serve as regional leads and drive programs. All members have an equal voice in the ways the coalition operates and is governed.

Members of AI3C will focus on providing a comprehensive program for responsible AI education and upskilling. They plan to engage the health care community through white papers, tools and programs, and social media outreach to make AI “more applicable and impactful.” The coalition will host quarterly meetings and events to “transparently communicate” the progress and resolution on key challenges through AI adoption.

AI3C will provide recommendations and advice on a range of AI topics, including responsible health care innovation, health equity, and workforce transformation to reduce clinical fatigue. 

AI3C intends to apply AI to resolve “significant challenges in business,” such as:

  • General economic and industrial challenges: including research transfer, industry standards, and funding instruments
  • Digital skills and employability: including organizational and cultural challenges as well as labor policies
  • Data privacy: including data access and shared innovation

AI3C’s objectives are to accelerate AI innovation and adoption by:

  • Showcasing emerging AI tools
  • Gathering industry-specific AI use cases, best practices, and research feedback
  • Transforming the AI workforce
  • Preparing students for careers in AI and data science

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“The goal of the newly created AI3C is to establish a pragmatic coalition with public and private organizations to advance health by identifying and addressing significant societal and industry barriers,” said Patty Obermaier, VP, U.S. health and life sciences, Microsoft. 

“I am excited about the launch of AI3C and working with its distinguished board, as we continue the momentum toward serving the needs of patients and communities through AI innovation.”

Ashley Llorens, VP and managing director of Microsoft Research and Incubations, said “meeting the urgent need for new health technologies requires diverse partners coming together across sectors.”

“AI3C can guide collaborative projects that accelerate the translation of frontier technologies from research to solution development to implementation,” Llorens said.

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