Development of a Smart Hospital Assistant: Integrating artificial intelligence and a voice-user interface for improved surgical outcomes

Jeong Hun Kim, Richard Um, Jonathan Liu, Japesh Patel, Eli Curry, Fariba Aghabaglou, Smruti Mahapatra, Ana Ainechi, Yohannes Tsehay, Jeff Ehresman, Brian Hwang, Betty Tyler, Rajiv Iyer, Nicholas Theodore, Amir Manbachi

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Abstract

Efficiency and patient safety are top priorities in any surgical operation. One effective way to achieve these objectives is automating many of the logistical and routine tasks that occur in the operating room. Inspired by smart assistant technology already commonplace in the consumer sector, we engineered the Smart Hospital Assistant (SHA), a smart, voice-controlled virtual assistant that handles natural speech recognition while executing a plurality of functions to aid surgery. Simulated surgeries showed that the SHA reduced operating time, optimized surgical staff resources, and reduced the number of major touch points that can lead to surgical site infections. The SHA not only shows its potential in the operating room, but also in other healthcare environments that may benefit from having virtual smart assistant technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedical Imaging 2021
Subtitle of host publicationImaging Informatics for Healthcare, Research, and Applications
EditorsThomas M. Deserno, Brian J. Park
PublisherSPIE
ISBN (Electronic)9781510640313
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
EventMedical Imaging 2021: Imaging Informatics for Healthcare, Research, and Applications - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: Feb 15 2021Feb 19 2021

Publication series

NameProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
Volume11601
ISSN (Print)1605-7422

Conference

ConferenceMedical Imaging 2021: Imaging Informatics for Healthcare, Research, and Applications
CountryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online
Period2/15/212/19/21

Keywords

  • Artificial intelligence
  • natural language processing
  • smart assistant
  • Smart Hospital Assistant
  • voice-controlled

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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