Anthem Joins AI for Health Program to Improve Healthcare Transparency

Samara Rosenfeld
MARCH 20, 2019
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Anthem Blue Cross is joining the Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Health Affiliation program as the founding member in an effort to use healthcare to develop unbiased, explainable AI algorithms to improve efficiency, value and delivery of healthcare, according to today’s announcement.

AI Health is a corporate affiliate program within the Stanford University department of computer science. The program is based around Anthem Blue Cross and affiliated health plans in Colorado, Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Anthem and Stanford will fund research on how AI algorithms and systems can advance healthcare administration, delivery and wellness and will start by addressing patient literacy, patient engagement and healthcare transparency.

“AI Health will build tools and technologies that will help make it easier for the consumer to understand their options and make an informed decision,” said Rajeev Ronanki, senior vice president and chief digital officer at Anthem.

Anthem has been focused on using AI and technology to better serve its almost 40 million customers for quite some time now.

Last year, the healthcare provider reached a deal with IBM to work toward “creating an AI environment which will allow for an automated infrastructure providing 24/7 capabilities.”

And earlier this year, Anthem announced a massive collaboration with IBM, Aetna, Healthcare Service Corporation and PNC Bank to design and create a network using blockchain technology to improve transparency and interoperability in the healthcare industry.

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