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Welcome to Healthcare AI News, your weekly dose of the latest developments and headlines in the world of Healthcare AI.
In this issue, we explore:
✅ Headlines: Negative health effects of generative AI
✅ Industry: Apple AirPods might be able to tell if you have a cold
✅ Feature: We ask 5 Questions to a Leader
✅ Interesting Reads: Me, Myself, and AI
✅ Tech: Mistakes IT leaders make at board meetings
✅ Venture Pipeline: Spotify CEO’s startup attracts big-names
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How public health agencies are harnessing AI for transformative impact (Read More)
Patient vs algorithm (Read More)
Negative health effects of Generative AI Technology (Read More)
A personal AI clone as the ultimate life operating system (Read More)
First AI-generated drug enters clinical trials in human patients (Read More)
ML Model outperforms standard methods for detecting heart attacks (Read More)
One shot of a kidney protein gave monkeys a brain boost (Read More)
What every health system CFO needs to know before using AI for medical coding (Read More)
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AI in healthcare could make millions of lives better — but it’s often held back by data privacy and model improvement challenges.
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Gretel's Senior Applied Scientist, Lipika Ramaswamy will lead a discussion on using synthetic data — and techniques like differential privacy — to safely anonymize sensitive data like EHR.
Anmol Arora of Cambridge University and Finn Janson, from Roche, also join the discussion. Submit questions in advance to be answered during the session!
👉 Wednesday, July 19th.
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Five Questions to Joy Rios
Founder | CEO | Host | HIT Like a Girl POD
1. How do you anticipate AI transforming the role of healthcare professionals in the next decade? What opportunities does this present for women in health?
AI will augment the role of healthcare professionals by automating administrative tasks, enhancing diagnostic precision, enabling personalized treatment plans, and facilitating remote patient monitoring. It will also help in predicting disease outbreaks and managing health data effectively. However, it necessitates new skills and roles in ethics, data management, and AI technology, reshaping the healthcare landscape substantially.
For women in healthcare, AI ushers in various opportunities. The demand for leaders who understand healthcare and AI technology is growing. Women can also contribute significantly to R&D for innovative AI health solutions, AI ethics, and data science. As AI integrates more into healthcare, women skilled in these tools can provide much-needed education and training. With a global healthcare worker shortfall predicted by 2030, AI can support creating accessible, scalable training methods to address public health crises.
2. From a productivity standpoint, what core features do you believe make an effective digital tool for healthcare professionals? How do these tools specifically benefit those in healthcare?
An effective digital tool for healthcare professionals, from a productivity perspective, needs robust data processing, user-friendly design, accessibility, real-time functionality, security, and collaborative capabilities.
Take ChatPDF as an example: its proficiency in analyzing different document types—from financial reports to new health regulations—boosts productivity significantly. Efficient parsing, analysis, and highlighting of key information save time and effort, allowing healthcare professionals to focus more on patient care. Such digital tools, embodying these features, are vital in promoting productivity and delivering exceptional patient care.
3. Could you share a memorable moment or a surprising revelation from one of your podcast interviews that significantly altered your understanding of AI in healthcare?
One of the true delights of hosting a podcast is having the opportunity to talk with some of the most forward-thinking minds in the industry, each bringing unique insights that often challenge and broaden my understanding of healthcare in general. Three episodes come to mind that significantly changed my perspective in relation to AI.
Dr. Nick Van Terheden exposed an unsettling use of AI - the batch denial of claims. This served as a stark reminder of the ethical considerations surrounding AI. Although a powerful tool, AI's deployment can lead to adverse outcomes without rigorous regulation.
Nathan Bowser shared about using AI via Virtual Reality (VR) to better understand one’s sense of self. It underscored the potential of AI to venture beyond the clinical and administrative domains into the realm of healthcare that deals with human consciousness and self-perception.
Dr. Nada Elbuluk’s work on employing AI to detect dermatological issues in individuals with darker skin underscored AI's role in addressing medical treatment biases. It's an example of how AI can lead to more inclusive and personalized healthcare.
These conversations served not only as a testament to the immense potential of AI in revolutionizing healthcare but also as a reminder of the responsibility that comes with it. The versatility of AI applications in healthcare is as exciting as it is daunting.
4. From your experience, how ready are independent medical practices for the AI revolution in healthcare? What are the critical steps they need to take to prepare for this change?
Independent medical practices' readiness for the AI revolution in healthcare varies, influenced by factors such as size, location, resources, and technological maturity. While many have already adopted basic AI elements, more advanced applications may be out of reach.
Preparing for this revolution will involve several steps:
Education and Training: Practices should understand AI's benefits, drawbacks, and integration into workflows, possibly via online courses, seminars, or consultants.
Digital Infrastructure Upgrades: AI needs high-speed internet, robust data storage, up-to-date hardware and software, and strong cybersecurity measures.
Data Management: Prioritize proper data collection, storage, and cleaning processes, as AI thrives on well-structured data.
Investing in AI Tools: Invest in AI tools fitting your needs and workflow, which could be for diagnosis, electronic health records, administration, or personalized medicine.
Regulatory Compliance: It's essential to understand and comply with regulations regarding patient data privacy, AI use in healthcare, and ethical considerations. This will require regular updates and revisions as AI technology and related regulations evolve.
Partnering with AI Vendors: Consider partnerships with AI vendors who not only provide software solutions but also offer technical support and training.
Evaluation and Adaptation: Regularly evaluate the effectiveness of AI tools, seek feedback from staff and patients, and be ready to adapt as AI technology evolves. This ongoing commitment ensures that the AI solutions continue to serve the practice's changing needs.
Patient Engagement: Educating patients about AI and its benefits can increase acceptance and trust. Patients should understand how AI will be used in their care and how their data will be protected.
The integration of AI in healthcare will be a journey, not a one-time event. It will require continuous learning, adaptation, and vigilance to ensure that AI is used responsibly and effectively to improve patient care.
5. What's your 'hot take' on a pressing issue in the world of healthcare technology that you believe isn't getting enough attention?
The digital transformation in healthcare is exciting, but we must not overlook the digital divide and its impact on health equity. Innovations like telehealth, AI diagnostics, and wearable devices can enhance patient care, yet risk widening health disparities if not universally accessible.
The digital equity issue hinges on access and digital literacy. Certain populations, especially the elderly, rural, and socioeconomically disadvantaged, may lack access to necessary technology or internet. Even with access, digital literacy barriers persist. As we enthusiastically discuss advanced technologies, we must remember to address these fundamental issues. After all, without careful oversight, AI tools may unintentionally propagate health disparities. Thus, keeping such concerns central to our healthcare conversations is critical.
Joy Rios is a dedicated healthcare professional and advocate with a deep expertise in health IT. As the co-founder of Chirpy Bird Health IT Consulting, she’s helped practices thrive in the ever-evolving landscape of value-based care. With her vast experience in the healthcare industry and as a host of the 'HIT Like a Girl' podcast, Joy champions the promotion of women's voices in health technology.
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