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Grady Memorial Hospital Uses AI Technology to Improve Colon Cancer Screening

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An Atlanta hospital is the first in the country to receive an AI-enhanced technology platform donated by Medtronic.

Grady Memorial Hospital is using a new technology platform donated by Medtronic to improve colon cancer screening in underserved communities.

The Atlanta hospital is the first hospital to receive a GI Genius module through Medtronic’s Health Equity Assistance Program. The FDA-approved technology uses AI algorithms to help clinicians detect colorectal polyps in real time.

“Gastroenterologists at Grady Memorial Hospital perform more than 7,000 colon cancer screenings each year, primarily in the black community,” Benjamin Renels, M.D., a gastroenterologist at Grady Hospital, told HealthLeaders in an email. said in “Black adults, who make up his 80% of the specialty’s patient population, have a disproportionately high colon cancer burden and are at increased risk of diagnosis, worse outcome, and death.”

Renelus said the technology could help hospitals improve screening rates by reducing barriers to treatment faced by blacks and others.

“There are a variety of obstacles that patients face when seeking colon cancer screening,” he said. “Some people may not have insurance and may not know they have access to colon cancer screening. At GradyMemorial Hospital, he 30% of patients are uninsured. ”

“Some may perceive cost as a barrier, especially given the median income of a patient at Grady Memorial Hospital is $20,000,” he continued. “For others, there may be a knowledge barrier. Many people may not know that 45 is the new recommended age to get screened for colon cancer. AI-assisted With the introduction of colonoscopy technology, regardless of the barriers patients may face when seeking testing, doctors will be able to detect more cancerous lesions and polyps if colonoscopy is here. We will benefit from technology that will help us discover it sooner.”

A multicenter study conducted this spring and published in the American Gastroenterological Association medical journal found that AI-enhanced technology helped improve the detection of colorectal polyps by about 50 percent, according to Medtronic officials. rice field.

Austin Cheng, M.D., MPH, Chief Medical Officer, Gastrointestinal Business Unit at Medtronic, said: said in an email. “Although the best gastroenterologists are effective in performing colonoscopies, they are still only human. AI technology has become important in the fight against colorectal cancer in patients.”

Medtronic’s Health Equity Assistance Program, supported by the American Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society and Amazon Web Services, aims to bring this technology to hospitals and healthcare systems by reducing the upfront cost barrier.

The original plan was to donate 50 modules “to facilities facing the greatest barriers to access to the technology and its benefits.” The agency currently plans to install 133 modules at 62 facilities across the country.

Eric Wicklund is Innovation and Technology Editor for HealthLeaders.