The QPID system uses artificial intelligence to wade through chart data, helping doctors diagnose and treat patients.
It was just a few years ago that electronic medical records were welcomed as revolutionary. Patient information would soon flow free and fast, making paper’s cumbersome inefficiencies a distant memory.
Yet the digital reality has underwhelmed. Electronic health record (EHR) systems, while compiling reams of patient data, have proven to be clumsy and error prone. Doctors who are already pressed for face time with their patients are now spending patients’ visits staring at a screen to enter or search for information.
Enter QPID, short for Queriable Patient Inference Dossier. This artificially intelligent software system is designed to distill the sprawl of a health record—which can easily run to hundreds of arcanely written, difficult-to-search pages—into bite-size, relevant details. “There’s a rapidly increasing volume of data that clinicians are drowning in,” says Michael Zalis, a radiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. “QPID tries to address this ‘big data’ problem.”