DMICE Clinical Informatics Fellow James Morrison, M.D., received a $10,000 prize in the first Innovation Challenge of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine. Dr. Morrison, an interventional radiologist, and his team from OHSU presented their project, Voice Enabling the Imaging Enterprise, a voice interface going directly into the electronic health record (EHR) that allows quick, seamless data access through voice commands.
In addition to Dr. Morrison, the winning team included Steven Kassakian, M.D., former National Library of Medicine (NLM) post-doctoral fellow and now medical director of Clinical Informatics and assistant professor, DMICE; Eric Leung, Ph.D. student and NLM pre-doctoral fellow; and Jonathan Steinberger, M.D., assistant professor of interventional radiology.
The project uses Amazon Echo voice-activated hardware and connects with the EHR via the HL7 Fast Health Interoperability resources (FHIR) standard. The OHSU team envisions this technology as an optimal solution for getting information out of the EHR and other resources while allowing users to maintain focus on the task at hand, whether that is reading imaging studies in radiology, operating in the OR, or talking to a patient in clinic.
“The inaugural SIIM Innovation Challenge was an ideal venue to get feedback and exposure for our idea of bringing a more robust voice-activated interface in to the radiology reading room and outpatient clinic.,” said Dr. Morrison.
“Winning the Grand Prize and People’s Choice Award was validation of the underlying concept, and the $10,000 gave my co-founders and me the capital we needed to take our prototype to the next level. It’s fair to say that without SIIM’s support our idea may never have made it out of the dreamer phase.”
Dr. Morrison plans to use the funds to obtain additional hardware for development and testing.
The SIIM meeting was held in July 2016 in Portland, Ore., and the OHSU team will report on their progress at the 2017 meeting in June in Pittsburgh, Pa.
A video about the project can be viewed at https://youtu.be/W0pbgQ1k1vQ. Photo above provided by Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM).