AI could change ‘everything’ in healthcare, says Dr Robert Wachter
SITGES, Spain - (HealthTech Wire / News) - Artificial Intelligence (AI) could transform ‘everything’ in healthcare, Dr Robert Wachter, Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, told HIMSS Europe in an interview ahead of his keynote speech at the HIMSS Europe & Health 2.0 conference in May.
Dubbed the ‘digital doctor’ following the release of his bestselling book on ‘medicine’s computer age’, Dr Wachter revealed he is ‘most enthusiastic’ about the potential impact that AI could have in the healthcare sector.
“At the end of the day, healthcare is a data business. When I see a patient, I collect a lot of data, I match it against what I know, or I look things up; then I try to come up with a diagnosis.
“All those data-driven actions are being done imperfectly by human beings. A computer can do them better than I can. Still, because medicine is complicated, we will take a few steps forward, we will all feel good about it, and then there will be the analogue of the driverless car killing someone.
“We will take some steps forward and some backward but eventually it will transform healthcare for the better,” the professor added, revealing that his next book might be focused on AI.
“I think it is going to be immensely interesting and ultimately transformational. I am working with some of the big companies entering this space, so I have a bit of an insider’s view of both the potential and the warts,” he explained.