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Hoag Introduces Artificial Intelligence in Colonoscopy Screenings

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., May 5, 2022 — Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian is the first hospital in California to offer an artificial intelligence (AI) enhancement to patients receiving a colonoscopy. Using the GI Genius™ intelligent endoscopy module, Hoag’s physicians have begun putting the promise of AI to work in detecting polyps and other colorectal abnormalities with added confidence.

“This is a powerful new tool in our toolbox, an innovation that moves the needle in the fight against colorectal cancer,” said Robert T. Braithwaite, president and CEO of Hoag. “We are excited to be the first hospital in the state to offer this type of technology to our patients.”

GI Genius™ is a computer-aided detection (CADe) system that uses advanced AI to detect the presence of possible precancerous lesions during a colonoscopy. The colonoscopy images are processed using advanced algorithms that can identify and mark polyp abnormalities in real time, including those that could otherwise go undetected by the human eye.

Finding these small lesions helps increase the adenoma, or pre-cancerous, detection rate (ADR). Studies show that every 1% increase in ADR reduces the risk of colorectal cancer by 3%. A leader in bringing meaningful innovation to patient care, Hoag adopted the new technology to help patients prevent colorectal cancer.

“Colorectal cancer is the third-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S, and screening rates have decreased dramatically in recent years. The earlier we can detect a cancerous polyp and the more precise we can be, the better off a patient will be,” said Paul Lee, M.D., chief of service for the GI Hospitalists Program. “This technology is already making an impact, and I’m proud that we are putting innovation to work to advance patient care and save lives.”

Ranked nationally in Gastroenterology and GI Surgery by U.S. News & World Report, Hoag Digestive Health Institute offers comprehensive digestive health services in the areas of colorectal, esophagus and stomach, inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatic disease, hepatobiliary disease (biliary, liver and gallbladder) and bariatric weight loss surgery.

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Hoag is a nonprofit, regional health care delivery network in Orange County, California, that treats more than 30,000 inpatients and 460,000 outpatients annually. Hoag consists of two acute-care hospitals – Hoag Hospital Newport Beach, which opened in 1952, and Hoag Hospital Irvine, which opened in 2010 – in addition to 10 health centers and 14 urgent care centers. Hoag has invested $261 million in programs and services to support the underserved community within the past five years, including areas like mental health, homelessness, transportation for seniors, education, and support for single mothers. Hoag is a designated Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Hoag offers a comprehensive blend of health care services that includes six institutes providing specialized services in the following areas: cancer, digestive health, heart and vascular, neurosciences, women’s health, and orthopedics through Hoag’s affiliate, Hoag Orthopedic Institute, which consists of an orthopedic hospital and four ambulatory surgical centers. In the 2021 – 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals Rankings, Hoag is the highest ranked hospital in Orange County and the only OC hospital ranked in the Top 10 in California. For an unprecedented 23 years, residents of Orange County have chosen Hoag as one of the county’s best hospitals in a local newspaper survey. Visit for more information.