Ahead of his keynote presentation 'Never waste a good crisis: using reverse innovation to harness the power of AI in healthcare during the Covid-19 pandemic' at Intelligent Health UK 2022 (6-7 April, ExCeL London), we asked Alexander Bedenkov, VP Medical International and Global A.Catalyst Network Head, AstraZeneca, his thoughts on the future of AI in healthcare.
If you could solve any global health problem in the world with AI, what would it be?
Presuming that was solved, what would your second choice be?
What excites you most about the application of AI in healthcare?
AI has transformed industries around the world and has an endless potential to radically alter the healthcare industry. Through AI we can enhance the capacity of the healthcare systems as we could not have dreamed of. Just imagine how much accuracy and cost-effectiveness AI-based careening solutions can bring to healthcare systems, as well as data outside the health system that contain valuable health information that now can be analysed. I’m positive AI will transform patient care and diagnoses in the not-very-distant future.
What’s your biggest fear in relation to the application of AI in the health/medicine field?
How do you think AI will cause human contact in healthcare to change in the future?
AI will never replace physicians, nurses, scientists… in short, humans themselves. Healthcare is a business with a human touch. AI adds to what people can deliver, enhancing capabilities and leaving more time to the human approach of listening to and connecting with patients. What I believe is that people who don’t embrace AI and all new technologies will be redundant in the future.
What does AI mean for the skill requirements of health professionals? How will it change?
Which 2 people do you admire most in the world of AI in healthcare in terms of their work?