Dr. Edmondo Robinson Highlights the Growing Use of AI

Telehealth isn't the only enduring technology that was implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic; artificial intelligence (AI) was being used more than ever across Moffitt Cancer Center, said Edmondo Robinson, MD, MBA, MS, FACP, senior vice president and chief digital officer at Moffitt Cancer Center.

Telehealth isn't the only enduring technology that was implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic; artificial intelligence (AI) was being used more than ever across Moffitt Cancer Center, said Edmondo Robinson, MD, MBA, MS, FACP, senior vice president and chief digital officer at Moffitt Cancer Center.

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What new technologies or services did Moffitt implement during the pandemic that you think have good applications after the pandemic is under control?

A couple of things that come to mind in terms of response to the pandemic in order to make sure that we were still driving our mission to prevent and cure cancer. So one — and this is common, you hear this theme for everyone who responds to the pandemic — which is telehealth, telehealth, telehealth. Right? And so, you know, we pivoted very quickly. We had a 7,500% increase in our telehealth visits. That's come down since the height of the pandemic, but not all the way. So, there's some middle ground in there between where we were before, and where we were at the height of the pandemic. You know, virtual visits are just gonna be a standard channel through which to deliver care.

And so you know, that there's a whole suite of activity that has to go with that. All the workflows, you know, the technical components, as well as just making sure patients are ready for that. There's a concept of digital health, in terms of literacy, right? So we think about literacy, and then there's health literacy, and then there's digital health literacy, right? And so, we have to actually pay attention to that.

But in parallel to really, one, getting getting a lot of our employees to work from home, and then doing the virtual visits, something else that happened in parallel and actually continued to accelerate during the pandemic is the leveraging of artificial intelligence throughout the enterprise, though. So, everywhere from predictions of outcomes, like sepsis, to driving our business operations, leveraging robotic process automation, for example, but layering in artificial intelligence so that with AI, the bots are not just automating, the AI is finding the next opportunity to automate or the AI is fixing the bot if it breaks on its own. Those kinds of concepts.

So again, leveraging AI everywhere from business operations to clinical operations, is another thing that we actually accelerated during the pandemic.