Stanford stepped in just before Christmas when they distributed their COVID vaccine supply according to a homemade algorithm. When the vaccine algorithm was unleashed it invited non-patient facing personnel and only one resident as part of the vaccine’s first phase. It apparently failed because residents as institutional nomads had no ‘home base’ or address that ... Continue Reading about Stanford’s COVID Vaccine Algorithm – What We Can Learn
Check out this StatNews piece addressing the question: should patients consent for use of artificial intelligence in the clinic setting? It builds the case for an emerging crisis in healthcare where patients are the victims of a failure to disclose the use of AI in the clinical setting. The concerns expressed reflect the a false dichotomy of man or machine. We ... Continue Reading about Should Patients Consent for Use of Artificial Intelligence?
Will computers make us more human? The argument has been made as AI continues its march in and around us. It’s kind of an odd question because how can we be more human than we already are? We can only be as human as we are. We can only be us. Okay, you could reasonably argue that technology has pulled us away from one another and made us more distant and ... Continue Reading about Can We be More Human?
Humans are simple creatures. We’re always looking for a way to reduce our condition to one measure. Check out James Hamblin’s latest Atlantic piece, The Power of One Push-up. It details the quest for the best single measure of health. It’s entertaining but maybe better suited for a 20th century audience. The problem is that our world is too complicated. Humans ... Continue Reading about The Human Quest for a Single Measure of Health
Running an algorithm for the management of a well-typed tumor or a child with a septic joint is relatively easy. But managing the expectations of that cancer patient or nervous mother is something more involved. Expectations are how we imagine the future given what we currently know and understand. Patient expectations are part of the human experience of ... Continue Reading about Human Experience of Disease and Patient Expectations
Are you for or against artificial intelligence in medicine? With the rise of machine learning in healthcare this is becoming more common question. When confronted with this question, MIT’s Max Tegmark responds, “Are you for or against fire?” Fire of course can keep us warm but can also be mishandled by arsonists and others with nefarious intent. The problem is our ... Continue Reading about Artificial Intelligence in Medicine – Are You For or Against?