Ahead of his Tech Talk in comprehensive AI in healthcare evaluation framework and its application at Intelligent Health 2022 (7-8 September, Basel, Switzerland), we asked Dr Sandeep Reddy, Director, Healthcare Management Program, Deakin University 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?
This is clear to me, it would be addressing the chronic disease burden. Management of chronic diseases costs health services the most of all healthcare conditions. The growing aged population adds to the complexity of managing chronic conditions. Even, the WHO has declared chronic conditions as a significant health issue for health systems to address. Therefore, this would be the area I would dedicate AI to respond to.
Presuming that was solved, what would your second choice be?
The second area would be improving access to health services, especially for rural and regional communities. Due to healthcare workforce and infrastructure limitations, many rural and regional communities suffer from inadequate healthcare access. AI can play a significant role in assisting with healthcare access.
How do you think AI will make its biggest mark in healthcare in the next 5 years? 10 years? 20 years?
What excites you most about the application of AI in healthcare?
The potential for addressing the chronic disease burden and improving healthcare access.
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?
In many instances, it will take away the administrative and mundane task burden from clinicians to allow them more time interacting with patients and addressing their queries.
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?:
There are many but want to recognise the pioneers of AI: Alan Turing and Professor Raj Reddy.
The Intelligent Health team