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Revisiting Artificial Intelligence and Healthcare

In 2017, I moderated a #HealthXPH tweet chat on artificial intelligence and healthcare. But AI developments have accelerated since ChatGPT was launched in 2022. The tweet chat questions I asked in 2017 are still relevant today.

T1. In what ways do you think will AI redesign healthcare?

Bajwa et al (2021) describe a “problem-driven, human-centered approach … to building effective and reliable AI-augmented healthcare systems.” The approach requires the following iterative steps:

  1. Design and develop. In this step, I like that the intent is to meld “an ethnographic understanding of health systems, with AI.” That is key to keeping AI implementation “human-centered.”
  2. Evaluate and validate.
  3. Diffuse and scale.
  4. Monitor and maintain.

T2. Do you think that AI will replace doctors? Why or why not?

We hold the view that AI amplifies and augments, rather than replaces, human intelligence. Hence, when building AI systems in healthcare, it is key to not replace the important elements of the human interaction in medicine but to focus it, and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of that interaction. Moreover, AI innovations in healthcare will come through an in-depth, human-centred understanding of the complexity of patient journeys and care pathways.

Bajwa, J., Munir, U., Nori, A., & Williams, B. (2021). Artificial intelligence in healthcare: transforming the practice of medicine. Future healthcare journal, 8(2), e188–e194.

T3. Do you think that AI will end humanity? Why or why not?

CNN writes here that experts are warning that AI could lead to human extinction.

“Do we really need more evidence that AI’s negative impact could be as big as nuclear war?”

Cynthia Rudin, quoted by Oliver Darcy in

See you at the #HealthXPH tweet chat 3 June 2023, 9 pm Manila time.


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