Embracing artificial intelligence

Australian Medical Association/AusMed

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in health care made an interesting topic for a panel discussion during one session of National Conference.

Increasingly transforming the way medicine is practised, AI impacts all areas of care – from interaction with patients, to management and administration, clinical assessments and therapeutic procedures.

Delegates were told that AI was here to stay and that the ethics of dealing with it must be thoroughly canvassed.

Chaired by AMA (WA) President Dr Omar Khorshid, the discussion provided one of the most interesting sessions of the conference.

Director of the Centre for Health Informatics, Professor Enrico Coiera, said “Our fate is to change” and it was a matter of embracing AI professionally and ethically.

“Humans have a willingness to trust technology if it seems to be doing a good job,” he said.

RANZCR President Dr Lance Lawler stressed the importance of ethics and AI, and detailed the development of the first formal ethical principles for the use of AI in health care.

Other excellent contributions to the panel discussion were made by Health Informatics Society Australia CEO Dr Louise Schaper and Torrens University Vice-Chancellor Professor Justin Beilby.

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