The family medicine experience is based on a deeply personal physician-patient interaction that requires support from technology. But many technologies used in practice today have eroded the experience rather than enhancing it.
The AAFP Innovation Laboratory partners with industry to drive innovation with the latest proven technologies to optimize the family medicine experience. This includes cloud, artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning, and voice and mobile technologies.
We are striving to identify innovative tools that decrease administrative burdens that stifle your joy of practice and contribute to the physician well-being crisis. Telehealth and value-based care tools are also being explored.
Members and practice peers can participate in labs to trial existing and emerging technologies of interest to simplify administrative tasks.
Participating in a lab enables a practice to receive a hands-on trial of an innovative solution that would otherwise typically involve a binding commitment and costs.
Your insights on installing and using the tool have the potential to benefit you, your peers, and family medicine. Your feedback helps us better understand how the tools are working in various practices, with different patient populations and varying contexts. Feedback also helps to identify recommendations and best practices for successfully implementing a particular category of tools.
If you're interested in reducing documentation burden, you can test a new AI tool through the Suki lab. Suki is a digital assistant for physicians that combines AI and voice-enabled technology. Suki understands natural language and completes tasks such as note creation and retrieving information from the EHR.
It is possible to use Suki as a standalone solution whereby Suki generates notes in PDF format that can then be saved in your EHR. Although the benefits may not be the same as those seen in the phase one pilot, members reported significant improvements using this nonintegrated workflow. The Suki lab launched in 2019 and has achieved several milestones.
You can also trial Navina, an AI-driven platform that integrates with your practice's EHR and automates aggregation and analysis of patients' data in real time. The goal is optimizing diagnosis and coding processes and enhancing clinical workflow.
Navina’s signature product integrates multiple types of patient data from diverse sources (tabular, numerical, time-series, images and text) in real time and restructures it into intuitive, actionable summaries called “Patient Portraits.” Navina ensures what's most important is immediately clear, diagnostically linked and contextually surfaced, based on the entirety and complexity of each patient’s data and history.
NEW! Navina Lab – Phase One
Navina’s point-of-care model has allowed family physicians and colleagues to access and analyze patients’ data in real time to optimize diagnosis and ICD coding processes. This has helped identify all pertinent diagnoses, enabling users to provide appropriate care. It has also helped physicians increase risk-adjustment factor scores to accurately code diagnoses for proper payment.
"Family physicians who have used Navina have seen value in its ability to save time and identify issues that need to be addressed," said Steven Waldren, MD, MS, AAFP vice president and chief medical informatics officer and founder of the AAFP Innovation Lab.