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U of Washington start-up develops AI technology to predict duration of surgery


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: May 16th, 2018

A start-up from the University of Washington (UW) has developed a new AI technology that can more accurately predict how long a surgery will take.

According to the start-up Perimatics, less than half of surgeries in the U.S. start and end on schedule, costing hospitals $5.2 billion every year and creating chaos for patients and doctors. To help solve this challenge, Perimatics created an AI technology that predicts operating time by looking at data on patients, such as their age or prior surgeries, as well as data on surgeons, since every surgeon approaches an operation differently.

Perimatics recently deployed its technology at a large medical center in Seattle, where so far it has decreased the number of overlong surgeries by 20%, potentially saving the hospital $1 million per year in staff overtime alone.

Although this is the first time the technology has been used in a real hospital setting, Perimatics co-founder Bala Nair says it is easily scalable. Now that the start-up has determined which factors have the greatest impact on surgery length, the basic framework can be applied in almost any hospital setting, he says.

Kalyani Velagapudi, co-founder and CEO of Perimatics, says the company is also developing new surgical supplies and technologies for post-surgery complications.

Source: GeekWire

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