eHealth Initiative and Cerner Release New Report on Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

November 07, 2018
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eHealth Initiative and Cerner Release New Report on Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

Publication serves as a tool for providers on how use of AI can enhance care

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Nov. 7, 2018 — Lowering costs and improving health outcomes are two of the biggest drivers of expanding the artificial intelligence market in health care. (i) eHealth Initiative, a nonprofit organization working at the intersection of health and technology, and Cerner, a global leader in health care technology, explore this evolving role of AI in a new report titled, Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare.

The brief identifies three key areas for AI implementation in health care: physicians’ clinical judgment and diagnosis, AI-assisted robotic surgery and virtual nursing assistants. The publication also cites key data that indicates a growing demand for AI in health care throughout the next decade, while presenting cost savings to the health care system. Experts estimate AI applications could potentially create $150 billion in annual savings for the country’s health care economy by 2026. (ii)

“We share specific examples of providers across the country who are utilizing AI,” said Jennifer Covich Bordenick, CEO of eHealth Initiative and Foundation. “It is encouraging to see pockets of success at many smaller provider organizations.”

The report highlights examples of AI in real-world application at Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Carolinas Rehabilitation Hospitals, University of Oxford and Truman Medical Centers, among others.

“Artificial intelligence can significantly improve the ability of those who deliver, manage, and receive care to utilize the most current and sound information available,” said John Glaser, senior vice president of population health, Cerner. “We hope this report serves as a new resource for providers who want to successfully adopt AI to enhance the care of those they serve.”

The publication describes AI as a supplement to clinical care and not a replacement for clinical judgment. “AI has the ability to truly enhance human judgment, not replace physicians and staff. It is another tool in the physician’s toolbox,” said Bordenick.

The report explores several areas providers should consider for successful adoption of AI, including:

  • Institutional Readiness and Network Capabilities
  • Ethical Standards for Privacy and Safety
  • Data Governance
  • Data Types
  • Access to High-Quality and Unbiased Data
  • Evaluation of Technology Models
  • Cost Savings

The report is available for download on the eHealth Initiative Resource Center.

About eHealth Initiative

eHealth Initiative (eHI) & Foundation is a Washington DC-based, independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to drive improvements in the quality, safety, and efficiency of healthcare through information and information technology. eHI is the only national organization that represents all stakeholders in the healthcare industry. Working with its membership, eHI advocates for the use of health IT that is practical, sustainable and addresses stakeholder needs, particularly those of patients. For more information, visit To join the conversation on AI, follow eHI’s AI in Healthcare page and connect on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

About Cerner

Cerner’s health technologies connect people and information systems at more than 27,500 contracted provider facilities worldwide dedicated to creating smarter and better care for individuals and communities. Recognized globally for innovation, Cerner assists clinicians in making care decisions and assists organizations in managing the health of their populations. The company also offers an integrated clinical and financial systems to help manage day-to-day revenue functions, as well as a wide range of services to support clinical, financial and operational needs, focused on people. For more information, visit, The Cerner Blog, The Cerner Podcast or connect on Facebook, Instagram,  LinkedIn or Twitter. Nasdaq: CERN. Smarter Care. Better Outcomes. Healthier You.

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(i) The IHI Triple Aim. (n.d.). Retrieved from

(ii) AI: Healthcare’s New Nervous System. Retrieved from

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