I’ve intentionally thrown three of the most pervasive and abused marketing buzz topics across technology, healthcare, and industry consulting domains—Big Data, IoT, and AI—into the presentation agenda to demonstrate how otherwise ambiguous and muddled concepts can be clarified, distilled, integrated, and repurposed to achieve transformational outcomes in decision support and hospital monitoring. In and of themselves there is nothing profound about Big Data (access to more data—both at rest and in motion) and IoT (connected devices capable of monitoring and programmatic behavior), but coupled with or, rather, extended through to AI we find the underpinnings of the next potential great leap in human achievement. I define Artificial Intelligence (AI) as the application of cognitive tools and techniques (machine learning, neural networks, motherboards, and meta-operating systems) to simulate human equivalent or superior outcomes in a contextual field of inquiry leveraging Big Data, IoT, and service design to yield insights, alerts, triggers, and seamless workflows. The Hospital of the Future was a specific initiative I worked on to design, architect, and construct the most state of the art and innovative hospital in the world for a leading medical academic institution. Since then I have been focused on the next step in the revolutionary process of innovating decision support and hospital monitoring: deploying artificial intelligence capabilities to patients, clinicians, and medical facilities to bring to life the most accurate, timely, and effective care model in human history. Clinicians will be outfitted with godlike knowledge, and every facet of the hospital will be retrofitted to become perfectly orchestra
ted components in a healthcare symphony the likes of which have never before been heard. I will briefly, historically, and conceptually situate AI in the context of Platonic and Aristotelian epistemology, Cartesian rationalism, Wittgenstein’s “Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus,” Chomsky’s “Syntactic Structures,” and Turing’s test to outline the theoretical underpinnings of AI before delving into both its human and technology constructs, exploring varied topics such as genomics, precision medicine, robotic radiology, and real-time and automated everything in a clinical context to demonstrate how rather than displacing physicians or hospital staff and administrators, AI can be leveraged to make them perfect, or as close to perfect as possible when knowledge, timing, speed, and accuracy converge to actualize the Promethean goal of human transcendence applied to the field of medicine. Depending on speaker time allocations and broader conference goals and objectives, we can engage in a detailed and spirited Q&A on any of the topics, theories, and propositions outlined in my presentation.