Potentia Analytics: Fostering AI-Driven Workforce and Workflow Optimization

 Dr. Shahram Rahimi, Co-Founder & CTO
In recent years, healthcare has undergone a radical transformation from paper records to large data management systems. Healthcare informatics is embracing cutting-edge technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) which imitates human cognition, to analyze and draw conclusions from vast and complex information. A leader in this revolution is Potentia Analytics, who brings the core trends of AI to healthcare management enhancing the quality of service while decreasing costs. The company offers a range of products, such as Symphony and Bernoulli, which can be used as standalone modules or combined into an inclusive package to fulfill clients’ needs.

Symphony is an intelligent provider scheduling software solution that leverages AI and other cutting-edge technologies to facilitate the scheduling of physicians, nurses, and other staff in a fraction of the time versus traditional methods. Using configurable site, business and fairness rules combined with providers’ preferences, Symphony’s auto-scheduling algorithm generates hundreds of possible schedules via Monte Carlo method in just minutes. The user is presented with the best schedule based on computed fitness values of all generated schedules. Additional features include open shift management, time and attendance tracking, and fully customizable analytic reports. “Our solution gives leadership complete control, empowers the scheduling team, and saves valuable time enabling schedulers to build stronger relationships with providers,” says Berardino E. Baratta, CEO, Potentia Analytics.

Adding value to Symphony is Bernoulli, Potentia Analytics’ latest tool that draws on stochastic flow diagrams, queuing theory, and Poisson distributions to optimize the flow of patients through an Emergency Department (ED) to reduce cost and maximize resource utilization. All phases of the ED from arrival to disposition are modeled including all resources— physicians, APPs, nurses, cleaning staff, beds, and so on. “Through modeling, users can quickly predict the outcome of changes including length of stay, left without being seen, wait-times, and more. ED leadership can then analyze the results to determine which changes will be most impactful,” Baratta notes.
Berardino E. Baratta, CEO
Potentia Analytics sees a near future where Symphony, Bernoulli and hospital Electronic Health Records (EHR) are integrated using open APIs. Symphony would recommend to schedulers a list of providers based on their MACRA MIPS performance scores for each shift’s patient profiles. For example, if an evening shift has a large percentage of high acuity patients, Dr. Gupta would be recommended because of her ability to quickly diagnose and treat such patients with lower readmission rates. Dr. Shahram Rahimi, Co-founder and CTO, Potentia Analytics adds, “Bernoulli will use machine learning techniques and data mining on the EHR data to automatically build and refine in real-time, a hospital’s model to continuously recommend efficiency improvements.”

Our solution gives leadership complete control, empowers the scheduling team, and saves valuable time enabling schedulers to build stronger relationships with providers

Potentia Analytics’ strong academic connection to Southern Illinois University, a leading research institution, is a key differentiating factor. “We leverage our mix of academic and commercial talent to provide our clients with optimal strategies to help them reach their goals with minimal cost. Our focus is to accelerate the transfer of scientific innovations, such as Natural Language Processing, Game Theory and Deep Learning, from academia to the healthcare industry,” highlights Rahimi.

Currently, the team at Potentia Analytics is bracing up to launch their next generation of automatic scheduling that uses genetic algorithms and other sophisticated techniques along with expanded preferences and rule choices. Generated schedules will increase provider satisfaction by further optimizing and balancing personal preferences with business rules. On the investment front, the company plans to grow its sales and marketing capabilities and expand Symphony’s workforce management features, accelerating towards its vision of a fully integrated healthcare solution.