In a world where healthcare inequalities persist and patient outcomes need improvement, the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) shines brightly as a beacon of hope. Peter Mountney, CEO at Odin Vision, a visionary in the field of AI and healthcare, shares his insights and aspirations for leveraging this transformative technology.
If you could solve any global health problem in the world with AI, what would it be?:
Closing the healthcare inequality gap and creating better patient outcomes and experiences.
Presuming that was solved, what would your second choice be?:
Creating a healthcare system that is focused on prevention rather than cure.
How do you think AI will make its biggest mark in healthcare in the next 5 years? 10 years? 20 years?:
Progress in AI is fast but adoption of new technology by the healthcare industry takes time.
In the next 5 years we will see and increasing number of AI products being approved by regulators and a continuation to generate clinical evidence to support adoption of AI into day to day practice. But most of what we will see is individual products targeting a single disease to improve detection/diagnosis/therapy at one point in the care pathway and AI to improve workflow and productivity of healthcare professionals.
Over the next 10-20 years I think we will see much more comprehensive digital solution that are able to support an integrated monitoring and management of diseases through the care pathway.
What excites you most about the application of AI in healthcare?:
Healthcare systems all over the world are struggling. There are no silver bullets but AI can be an important piece of the jigsaw to improving patient outcomes and democratizing healthcare.
What’s your biggest fear in relation to the application of AI in the health/medicine field?:
The lost opportunity to improve people lives. Healthcare technology and AI faces many challenges to widespread adoption. From regulators and out dated hospital policies to reimbursement, there are many obstacles that need to be successfully navigated to translate technology into patient benefit. We should be breaking down barriers to make this journey easier and faster.
How do you think AI will cause human contact in healthcare to change in the future?:
The hope is that AI will help to automate doctors with admin tasks such as writing up notes and this will free up their time to spend with patients. This can apply to existing/traditional touch points but we will start to see people interacting with healthcare in a far more automated way. We will have much more interaction with the healthcare system however, much of that may be through digital platforms rather than face to face.
What does AI mean for the skill requirements of health professionals? How will it change?:
The common saying is "AI won't replace Doctors but Doctors using AI will replace Doctors not using AI". Doctors will need to be trained in the basics of machine learning and how to interpret results. There will be a subset of doctors who need a much deeper understanding so they can help write and inform clinical guidelines and regulators.
Which 2 people do you admire most in the world of AI in healthcare in terms of their work?:
Dorin Comaniciu is one of the trail blazers in AI and healthcare. He was years ahead of his time in transitioning AI into medical products and greatly influenced my way of thinking about AI and data. Patient advocate Lesley Booth, the world of AI in healthcare is founded on bringing together people from different backgrounds. Lesley embraced AI and her enthusiasm and patient experienced helped us build better products and made us understand the impact of our work in new ways.
Why did you choose to present at Intelligent Health?:
It is a fantastic forum to bring together likeminded people.
What are your personal goals from the summit?:
To hear about the latest breakthroughs from AI and healthcare community
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