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ORLANDO, Fla. — A top U.S. health official said Wednesday that the government will launch an “artificial intelligence health outcomes challenge” to spur private investment in the technology and help rethink the delivery of medical care.

Adam Boehler, head of Medicare and Medicaid’s innovation institute, said the goal of the initiative is to drive broader uptake of AI to help root out wasteful care, improve quality, and cut costs.


“Medicine right now is treated too much like art, and it is a science,” Boehler said during a roundtable with members of the media at the annual conference of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. He added that AI could be used to help predict patients’ risk of costly medical emergencies or the onset of dangerous conditions such as septic shock, so that providers could intervene earlier.

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