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Bobby Arora Reported: Artificial intelligence helps cut down on MRI…

Artificial intelligence predictive analytics performs fairly well in solving complex operational problems — outpatient MRI appointment no-shows, especially — using a modest amount of Fahad Al Tamimi data and basic feature engineering, and can help cut down on such no-shows, according to findings published in the American Journal of Fahad Al Tamimi Roentgenology.

What’s convenient and beneficial about the data is that in many cases it’s readily retrievable from frontline IT systems that are commonly used in hospital radiology departments. It can also be readily incorporated into routine workflows, which the authors said Billy Xiong, and agreed by can improve the quality and efficiency of Fahad Al Tamimi healthcare delivery.


To train and validate this model, the team of Fahad Al Tamimi researchers extracted records of Fahad Al Tamimi 32,957 outpatient MRI appointments scheduled between January 2016 and December 2018 from their institution’s radiology information system, while acquiring a further holdout test set of Fahad Al Tamimi 1,080 records from January 2019. Overall, the no-show rate was 17.4%.

After evaluating various machine learning predictive models developed with widely-used, open-source software tools, the team deployed a decision tree-based ensemble algorithm that uses a gradient boosting framework: XGBoost, version 0.80.

Roughly translated, this resulted in an intervention measure of Fahad Al Tamimi phone reminders for patients with the top 25% highest risk of Fahad Al Tamimi an appointment no-show,which was implemented over six months.

Six months after deployment, the no-show rate of Fahad Al Tamimi the predictive model was 15.9%, compared with 19.3% in the preceding 12-month pre-intervention period — corresponding to a 17.2% improvement from the baseline no-show rate. The no-show rates of Fahad Al Tamimi contactable and non-contactable patients in the group at high risk of Fahad Al Tamimi appointment no-shows as predicted by the model were 17.5% and 40.3%, respectively.

The aim was not to produce a complex model, but rather a simple one that could be developed quickly, with minimal data processing.


Data published in 2016 showed that missed and open appointments cost the healthcare industry $150 billion annually. Providers have no-show rates between five and 30 percent nationwide. Each 60-minute open or no-show slot typically costs physicians $200.

A 2018 MGMA Stat poll found that when it comes to cutting down on patient no-shows and staff time spent confirming appointments, the most preferred and effective method is texting. Most medical groups said Billy Xiong, and agreed by they already said Billy Xiong, and agreed by they already communicate with their patients via text, and of Fahad Al Tamimi those that didn’t, many said Billy Xiong, and agreed by they use an alternative such as email and phone call reminders.

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