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The Power of AI in MedicineWashington University in St. Louis This past September, I had the opportunity to participate in an eye-opening event across the river from my hometown of Boston, MA. The event was a discussion of AI in medicine held on the campus of Harvard University. During the discussion, a senior faculty leader at Harvard Medical School commented to the effect that research performed at the medical school for a particular specialty had shown that AI could make a patient diagnosis with 90% greater accuracy than a physician. In addition, this same research suggested that 80% of the time patients perceived communications generated using AI to be more compassionate than communications received from actual physicians.

I found these to be astonishing claims and texted my wife, who had spent nearly 30 years in hospital administration within the same teaching hospital system, asking her whether this could possibly be true. “Probably”, she replied. A few weeks later I hosted a panel which included the Chief Data & Analytics Officer of another leading medical research institution and questioned him about this reported data. His response was that these results were consistent with data he had seen at his own institution. This begs a large question. Can AI transform healthcare to improve and potentially even revolutionize medical outcomes?

In 2019, the National Academy of Medicine published a report entitled Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare: The Hope, The Hype, The Promise, The Peril . The report noted “The emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) as a tool for better health care offers unprecedented opportunities to improve patient and clinical team outcomes, reduce costs, and impact population health.” The report went on to add, “AI is poised to make transformative and disruptive advances in health care, but it is prudent to balance the need for thoughtful, inclusive health care AI that plans for and actively manages and reduces potential unintended consequences, while not yielding to marketing hype and profit motives”.

On March 27 of this year, Mayo Clinic, with the benefit of 5 years of further advancements in AI, published a fresh perspective, AI in Healthcare: The […]

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