Regard and Banner Health expand AI partnership to 33 acute care hospitals

Banner Health Phoenix. Stock image of 4 female clinicians in conversation

When polled, most clinicians strongly prefer to spend more time on direct patient care and less time on the record-keeping and data mining aspects of their job.

Physicians employed with Phoenix-based Banner Health are a step closer to realizing that goal.

Banner Health has partnered with the clinical decision software company Regard to integrate algorithms and artificial intelligence to generate clinical decisions, documentation and facilitate clinician-to-clinician communications across its 33 acute care hospitals, which cover patients in six states.

The software will be phased into and embedded in the electronic health records of each hospital to streamline EHR navigation, improve patient safety and free up more clinician time at the patient’s bedside.

The AI market for clinical decision-making is expected to double in the next five years, and Susan C. Lee, M.D., a physician executive at Banner Health, says her organization is pleased to be at the forefront of the trend.

"If we provide innovative tools to make [physicians] jobs easier and more efficient, they can spend valuable time in front of patients,” said Dr. Lee. “We are hoping to streamline critical administrative and documentation responsibilities with Regard’s AI innovation, providing our clinicians more time to listen to our patients."