AI in Medicine
Will Dr Bot see you soon?
The majority of decision makers in healthcare today believe that the use of AI will become increasingly widespread over the next few years but is this a good thing? While AI’s potential ability to provide earlier and more accurate diagnosis, reduce recovery times and free up busy healthcare professionals is undeniable, there is also frequently hysterical media coverage about AI and robotics, and real concerns about patient data privacy. And will it be the sector that saves us from Coronavirus?
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Artificial intelligence is at the centre of many technology discussions today, and perhaps nowhere are the implications more meaningful than in the world of health care. So where is AI making an impact in health? What does the future bring, and how should healthcare providers and technologists get ready? Geekwire HealthTech podcastPlay
With AI algorithms now able to mine enormous databases and assimilate information far quicker than humans can, we are able to spot subtle effects in health data that could otherwise have been easily overlooked. But are they making things better or worse? Futuremakers podcastPlay
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AI is here to save us from coronavirus. It spots new outbreaks, identifies people with fevers, diagnoses cases, prioritizes the patients most in need, reads the scientific literature, and is on its way to creating a cure. If only.
By Alex Engler, David M Rubenstein Fellow at the Brookings Institute for WIRED.Read Article
Can We Trust Digital Assistants With Our Health Data? Thomas Hornigold for Singularity Hub, looks at the benefits of big data analysis and the potential for exploitationRead Article
Melissa Mead from the Daily Mail says that when we remove the human element from the patient-doctor relationship, we further dilute the interaction with Britain’s frontline healthcare professionals.Read Article
Technology is making impressive inroads into cancer treatment, saving lives and money. By Ian Sample, Science Editor for the GuardianRead Article
Haider Warraich, a cardiologist at Duke University Medical Centre, writes in Vox that this could be the future of care for many patients with limited access to to health care resources and doctors. But if used properly, AI could offload inane repetitive tasks from doctors giving them more actual time with their patients.Read Article
How Technology could make medicine more humane
Discussions on problems with technology in healthcare and can it make medicine more humane? The People’s Pharmacy podcastListen
Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence can make Healthcare Human Again by Eric Topol
Despite having access to more resources than ever, doctors are vulnerable not just to the economic demand to see more patients, but to distraction, burnout, data overload, and their own intrinsic biases. Physicians are simply overstretched. Eric Topol argues passionately and persuasively in his book , Deep Medicine, that artificial intelligence can help, and reminds us that as our machines get smarter and capable of taking over more of our tasks, we must become more human, and more humane, to compensate.Read