“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”

Martin Luther King

The Ai-Med Global Summit 2023 was a successful gathering of over 1,200 attendees from all over the world who are a well diversified group of enthusiasts of adoption of AI in healthcare.

For the first time, there was an American Board of AI in Medicine (ABAIM) pre-summit course, and it was very well attended. In addition, there was an exciting concurrent College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHiME) program headed by Drs. Chris Longhurst and George Reynolds. It was indeed a special union of Ai-Med and both of these organizations that created a productive synergy. The first evening was highlighted by a reception that had the presentation of the Ai-Med AI Champion awards to well-deserving recipients.

First Day

The opening keynote delivered by yours truly was focused on the “Paradox of Duality” that faces artificial intelligence in healthcare: how to embrace and balance the contradictions in order to achieve harmony (of note, the original duality paradox discussion centered on light as particles vs waves). We have dualities in clinical medicine vs data science; certainty vs reality, artificial intelligence vs human cognition, old tradition vs new paradigm, gender and sexuality, and health inequity vs global access. This address was followed by a robust update on the state of artificial intelligence, with ChatGPT and large language models part of the group discussion.

A very touching moment with Dr. Tim Chou, a frequent Ai-Med faculty, ensued as he has become a cancer patient since last year. A very stirring talk on AI and health equity then followed with Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld, the president of the American Medical Association. Dr. Ari Goldberg then concluded this fast-paced grand opening with a thought-provoking talk that focused on how to take the hype our of AI.

After a break, the exciting first day ended with a multi-faculty session on empowering digital transformation in healthcare and a talk on safe and compliant generative AI as well as subspecialty meet-ups that included cardiologists, emergency room/ICU/anesthesia clinicians, pediatricians and neonatologists, oncologists, radiologists/dermatologists, and also nurses. These subspecialty meet-ups were very well attended and promise to be even bigger in coming years.

Second Day

The second day of the Summit started with the various sessions: C-suite AI update and lessons learned; leveraging natural language processing in healthcare; moving from data to AI governance. The morning then was highlighted by an enlightening discussion by Dr. Michael Howell of Google, a perennial favorite. He focused this year on how AI should be leveraged to improve health, not health care. Along the theme of health equity, Dr. Molly Madziva of viz.ai spoke about her role in health equity and how this needs to be an active process. The morning session ended with Jack Hampson speaking on solving the impossible with AI, and he gave several relevant and relatable examples.

Following this inspiring session, the tracks on application in clinical domains, ethics and regulation, data to delivery, population health and equity, healthcare leaders, and tools and deployment continued throughout the morning and afternoon. An interactive workshop sponsored by ClosedLoop was also part of the afternoon activities. The busy second day ended with a Shark Tank with an all-star judge panel led by Dr. Nick van Terheyden.

Last Day

The final day of the Summit started with a session with three key topics: lessons learned, AI in medical education, and operationalizing AI. A fascinating set of talks started with Dr. Nigam Shah on large language and foundation models and followed by Dr. Robert Graves, who provided a personal and moving conversation about the human non-technical aspects of medicine. The “duality” between these two speakers was spontaneous and memorable.

An abstract session highlighted the top abstracts by many who submitted these works on AI in healthcare, and was led by Dr. Robert Hoyt. Dr. Sanjeev Bhavnani from the FDA gave a brilliant and practical talk on how the FDA is grappling with the fast-moving technology of AI. All of this amazing agenda ended with a final session on the future of AI in healthcare with a mostly optimism for all of us.

Our community is unique with clinical domain specialists, and IT and tech delivery teams. It is this special mix that makes us extraordinary. And with our skill to make connections…this is where the business of AI happens. Discover how you can play an important part at the in-person Ai-Med Global Summit 2024. 

I hope to see you there!