9 Orthopedic AI Technologies Providers Need to Know

 Erika Regulsky RCM
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Revolutionizing Orthopedic Care: The Unstoppable Rise of AI Technologies

The orthopedic field is undergoing a transformative phase with the advent of artificial intelligence (AI). As we stand on the cusp of a significant boom in AI technologies, orthopedic AI is set to revolutionize the way orthopedic providers approach surgery, diagnostics, and patient care. From enhancing surgical accuracy to improving patient recovery outcomes, AI’s role in orthopedics is increasingly indispensable.

Orthopedic Providers Should Know about These AI Technologies

The Impact of AI in Orthopedics

AI is not poised to replace orthopedic surgeons but to augment their capabilities, reducing burnout and increasing the precision of surgeries. With a burgeoning amount of patient data and a relentless drive to improve surgical outcomes, AI in orthopedics promises to offload stressful tasks, assist in surgeries through robots or augmented reality, and provide comprehensive preoperative and postoperative care.

1. Patient Monitoring Apps

The proliferation of patient monitoring apps marks a significant leap in utilizing AI in orthopedics. With over a quarter of the American population projected to use remote patient monitoring tools by 2025, these apps offer a new vista of data for orthopedic AI. Innovations like Exer Health use AI to track patient mobility, ensuring exercises are performed correctly, significantly aiding orthopedic surgeons in personalized patient care.

2. Orthopedic Templating Software

Orthopedic templating software has seen widespread adoption, providing precise sizing and positioning of implants. AI-enhanced tools like PeekMed and OrthoPlan 2.0 automate this process, offering bone segmentation and optimal implant positioning with unprecedented accuracy.

3. Diagnostic Imaging

AI’s role in diagnostic imaging cannot be overstated. With the ability to analyze X-rays and identify implants with a higher accuracy rate than trained professionals, AI-powered diagnostic imaging is revolutionizing orthopedic diagnostics, speeding up clinical diagnoses and improving patient care efficiency.

4. Data Interpretation

The digitization of medical records has unlocked vast amounts of data for analysis. AI excels in interpreting this data, leading to predictive models and discoveries that surpass human capabilities. This not only saves time but also enhances surgical planning and outcome predictions.

5. In-Surgery Tools

AI’s integration into surgery, particularly through assisting robots and intelligent operating systems, marks a leap in surgical precision and patient care. Robots like Mazor X Stealth and Mako SmartRobotics are setting new standards for implant positioning and reducing tissue damage, while platforms like Omni Suite optimize operating room workflows.

6. Augmented Reality.

Augmented reality (AR) is on the brink of transforming orthopedic surgeries by superimposing digital images onto real-world operations. This technology promises to enhance surgical accuracy, reduce operation times, and decrease radiation exposure, significantly benefiting both orthopedic surgeons and patients.

7. Recovery Assistance

Patient eligibility verification is the cornerstone of a smooth billing process, especially in maternal fetal medicine where the treatments and procedures can be extensive and expensive. This service involves verifying a patient’s insurance coverage details before services are rendered. It helps in identifying the insurance benefits, co-payments, deductibles, and patient’s coverage for specific procedures like ultrasounds, genetic testing, or cesarean sections. Early verification ensures that both the healthcare provider and the patient are aware of the covered services, reducing the risk of billing disputes and denials. It also assists in determining if pre-authorization is needed for certain procedures, thereby streamlining the billing process and enhancing patient satisfaction by minimizing unexpected out-of-pocket expenses.

8. Insurance Eligibility Verification AI

Insurance eligibility verification AI streamlines the process of verifying patient insurance coverage, ensuring healthcare providers can efficiently confirm eligibility before services are rendered. This AI-driven approach minimizes human error, reduces administrative workload, and accelerates the verification process, leading to smoother patient intake and fewer claim rejections due to eligibility issues. By automating the extraction and analysis of patient insurance details, AI tools provide real-time insights into coverage limits, benefits, deductibles, and copayments, enhancing the accuracy of billing procedures and improving patient satisfaction through transparent communication regarding their financial responsibilities.

9. Accounts Receivable AI

Accounts receivable AI transforms the management of outstanding payments in the healthcare sector. By leveraging machine learning algorithms, this AI technology can predict payment delays, identify patterns in patient payment behaviors, and prioritize follow-up actions on overdue accounts. It automates the reconciliation process, ensuring that payments are accurately applied to the corresponding accounts, thereby reducing the time and effort required for manual reconciliation. Additionally, accounts receivable AI optimizes communication strategies with patients through personalized reminders, improving the likelihood of timely payments while maintaining a positive patient-provider relationship. This technological advancement supports healthcare providers in maintaining a healthy cash flow, reducing the accounts receivable cycle, and minimizing the financial strain of uncollected revenues.

The Future of Orthopedic AI

As orthopedic AI continues to evolve, orthopedic providers, orthopedic medical billing, and coding professionals must stay updated of these technologies. Not only do they promise to reduce the workload on orthopedic spine surgeons and orthopedic surgeons but they also pave the way for more accurate, efficient, and patient-centered care. With AI, the future of orthopedics looks promising, marked by innovation and improved patient outcomes. Embracing these technologies will be key for providers looking to lead in the field of orthopedics.

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I’m a multi-certified revenue cycle management professional and compliance officer with 20+ years of experience. I contribute articles to leading healthcare publications and journals. I am currently working as Senior Transition Manager, in BillingParadise headquartered at Diamond Bar, California. BillingParadise offers Medical Billing Services that intersect perfectly with the EMR/Practice management system you use.BillingParadise has offices in New Jersey, New York, Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, and Texas.

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