Report from the AI trenches

As we know, when it comes to technology, doctors are from Venus and technologists are from Mars. So, it is commendable that Dr. Anthony Chang, the organizer of the AI in Medicine Conference, was able to get both in the same orbit in impressive numbers from countries around the world.

As a result, outsiders from a wide range of industries from Forumula 1 racing to Google, are sharing ideas about how to apply data lessons learned with sick care practitioners. Here are some of their observations:

  1. The idea is to scale, not replace, humans with AI
  2. There are many companies that provide data services to hospitals and they are trying to figure out what they offer: Data as a service? Data science as a service?
  3. New business models are evolving. What if companies charged by the bot/time, much like power charges for a kilowatt/hour? Supply you could donate your bot time to the grid and get credit or unused capacity?
  4. Everyone is sensitive to the hype cycle and shiny new objects and there are trying to under deliver and over perform
  5. Humans evolve through tools and AI is no different. Technologies drive innovation
  6. Sick care has increasingly become a data business that happens to take care of patients. We need a mission control to manage it all
  7. Sick care will be fixed from outside in
  8. We are a long way from artificial general intelligence or anything really "brain like". Like the internet, no one can predict the impact and unintended consequences it will have on society.
  9. Robotic process automation and computer vision, particularly as it applies to pattern recognition specialties, like radiology, is the tip of the spear
  10. Integrating data is so 50's. The new thing is outegrating data.
  11. Global data awareness is the new platform
  12. Data is the new oil. Those who produce and control it will make fortunes
  13. We are today in AI where computers were in the days of mainframes. Democratizing AI is the new frontier
  14. Trust in AI will depend on security
  15. Patient control of data will depend on trust

Some day soon, the new invisible hand of AI will be part and parcel of how doctors take care of patients. But, like an AI algorithm, it will take a lot of trial and error to avoid crashes.

Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA is the President and CEO of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs