Punit Soni, CEO and co-founder of Suki, an artificial intelligence, voice-enabled digital assistant for physicians, discusses how voice technology is helping decrease physician burnout as well as his predictions for how voice recognition software will affect the future clinician experience.
I had a great case the other night. Around midnight on a Friday, the hospitalist physician called me to evaluate an incarcerated femoral hernia. I thought this elderly and medically ill patient would likely die no matter what I did. I spent a grim half-hour at bedside explaining the dilemma to the patient and her family. She needed surgery, but surgery would probably kill her...
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Suki, the artificial intelligence (AI) voice assistant for healthcare professionals, launched in May to praise from health-tech innovators who hoped “Alexa for doctors” might slash electronic health record (EHR) documentation time.
Today, Suki announced that its AI-powered, voice-enabled digital assistant for physicians has processed more than 12,000 patient encounters and is now handling 1,000 patient encounters every week. As with any machine learning solution, this volume of patient interactions paired with the 250,000 training interactions conducted prior to launch further strengthens Suki’s AI capabilities in clinical practice.Read more
Torn between focusing on a patient or focusing on a computer, many providers choose their patient, but at a cost: their evenings and lunch breaks. According to new data from the athenahealth netweork, after-hours work on documentation is a powerful driver of physician burnout. In a recent survey, some 37 percent of providers said they spend more than ten hours a week documenting at home outside of normal business hours; data show rates of burnout spike when those hours reach 15 or more.Read more
Following a study which noted front-end speech recognition's failure to increase physician satisfaction with their jobs, experts contemplate how to rectify the situation.Read more
Focused on simplifying the laborious process of medical notetaking, Suki is an AI-powered, voice-enabled digital assistant for doctors, allowing them to spend more time treating patients than filling out forms.Read more
Their team is comprised of engineers, technologists, and clinicians who have contributed to the building of products for the likes of Apple, 23andMe, Google, Salesforce, and Oracle, spanning the realms of consumer, healthcare, and enterprise products.Read more
CEO Punit Soni said there’s only one metric of success: “Doctors need to be happy. I am absolutely convinced that one of the biggest issues in healthcare is we have lost sight of the user and what their issues are,” Soni added. “I will fail and succeed on the philosophy that my company will be in service of the doctor.”Read more
The news comes as hospitals and physician practices across the U.S. are embracing AI and digital technologies to increase efficiencies and improve the patient experience.Read more
Healthcare professionals often gripe about administrative burden associated with EHRs… Michael Behr, MD, thinks the new technology could help alleviate that problem. He is the medical director for a series of Atlanta-based orthopedic practices that are participating in one of the pilots. Behr said that the AI that Suki brings to the EHR “will dramatically improve a physician's ability to spend more time with the patient and less time in front of a computer.”Read more
Pilot projects in the US show that Suki’s voice assistant, powered by artificial intelligence (AI), cuts the amount of time physicians spend on medical notes by up to 60% – leading to better notes and happier doctors, according to the company.Read more
For years, voice assistants have been changing the way people shop, get around, and manage their home entertainment systems. Now they’re starting to show up someplace even a little more personal: the doctor’s office.Read more
Former executives of Google and Salesforce just received $20 million to fund AI-based software that helps physicians with note-taking. The voice-enabled assistant connects to electronic health records, saving doctors time on administrative tasks like writing notes in patients' charts.Read more
When trying to figure out what to do after an extensive career at Google, Motorola, and Flipkart, Punit Soni decided to spend a lot of time sitting in doctors’ offices to figure out what to do next.Read more
A pair of former Flipkart and Salesforce executives have announced $20 million in funding for their startup, an AI-enabled voice assistant for doctors called Suki… Suki's medical assistant, which is currently in its pilot phase, gets to know each doctor it works with and becomes more intelligent in the process.Read more
AI enabled healthtech startup Suki (formerly called Robin), founded by ex-CPO of Flipkart Punit Soni has raised $20 Mn led by Venrock, First Round, Social Capital, as well as individual Googlers and other angels including Nat Turner of Flatiron Health, and Marc Benioff (CEO of Salesforce).Read more
The technology was developed to help doctors handle paperwork and update a patient's EHR. The technology is also designed to gradually personalize itself based on each individual doctor — in fact, the more time the platform spends with doctors, the more it learns about their needs.Read more
Suki's goal is to help eliminate doctor burnout. More than half of doctors in the US experience burnout, a rate that's twice as high as the average American worker.Read more
Just before the HLTH meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada this week, a company working to build a physician voice assistant emerged from stealth. It formally launched with $20 million in Series A funding and a whole new name.Read more
Suki, formerly known a, today announced it has raised $15 million to grow its virtual assistant that helps doctors log events and record electronic health record (EHR) data through the use of natural language processing.Read more
Suki announced today that after a year of developing its product and building its team, it has raised $20 million to fuel an artificial intelligence-powered, voice-enabled digital assistant for doctors. By alleviating administrative work like medical charting in electronic health records (EHRs), Suki enables doctors to focus on what they love: taking care of patients.Read more