AIMed Magazine issue 05 has launched (and you can read it here)! But we know that with all the pressure on your time you may not be able to read the whole thing, so here are the key takeaways from each issue broken down into an executive summary to help you decide whether to dip into the mag!

P 12 -15

Building the Bionic Clinician – Summary
Interview with Ayanna Howard
  • The last mile – the most challenging bit of a robot’s interactions – is not a solved problem, even for Amazon.
  • It would be possible to build a bionic clinician, akin to The Bionic Woman.
  • A ‘holy grail’ for healthcare AI would be identifying a disability in a child at birth and starting interventions at that point to let them meet development milestones.


P 17 – 19

Rise of the SCILBOTS
by Sean Lane
  • Bots are to AI what the personal computer was to computing.
  • Any computer tool a human can use, SCILBOTS can use it too.
  • In the future, hospital CIOs will ask vendors if their portal has a bot interface.

P 20 – 24

The Dawn of Robotic Surgery
Interview with Tamás Haidegger
  • We are living in the age of robot assisted surgery where robots are actively or passively helping the human surgeon to better execute their task.
  • Leading surgeons in the future will be those employing and exploiting technology capabilities to the full extent to really push their own limits further.
  • Society does not have an answer to the question of what happens if a robot makes a mistake during surgery.

P 32 – 35

A Chatbot for Mental Health
Interview with Team Woebot
  • A study has shown symptom reduction in both anxiety and depression after 2 weeks of talking to a chatbot.
  • The most pressing ethical issue we face is that people do not mistake chatbots for being entities that are capable of intervening. 
  • Data shows that as few as 6% of users use chatbots for crisis management.


P 40 – 43
Bots, You, and Ethics Too!
by Randall Wetzel
  • We have to face the ethical implications of relationships with existing independently directed AI healthbots for the elderly, lonely, and adolescents at suicide risk.
  • Interaction with an AI bot could make one feel better but obscure serious issues.
  • Further research about the consequences of humans bonding with AI bots is an ethical necessity.
P 44 – 47
A Robotic Arm Changed my Life
Interview with Adriana Mallozzi
  • Things many people take for granted could change pretty much every aspect of a disabled patient’s life.
  • Clinicians need to be their patients’ advocates. Don’t limit patients based on other people’s biases. Give them options.
  • Able-bodied people love AI because it allows them to simultaneously do many things. But for disabled people, it just allows them to do something.
P 48 – 51
Keeping the Patient Engaged
by Matt Eagles
  • The culture of authoritarian doctors still exists and is reinforced to a large extent today, meaning patients are often just another case of ‘x’ disease.
  • Both patients and doctors have a wide variety of personality types that often clash, but what can connect them is dialogue.
  • If AI is to be “explainable and transparent”, trust and authenticity need to be established as many patients still view AI in medicine as science fiction.
P 56 – 66
RSNA Special on Medical Imaging AI
by Multiple
  • AI has grown at an incredible pace in RSNA abstracts. There are lots of sub-categories, but by far the most popular is the machine learning for pixel data, that is for images.
  • Previously, informatics sessions at conference were for a lot of the computer people. Now these sessions have been much more widely attended and there’s been a ton of excitement.
  • The broader goal of AI and the true potential for widespread implementation in radiology and imaging more generally is not yet at hand.
  • The longer term aim must be to move beyond limited, narrow applications of AI and develop algorithms capable of viewing a multitude of organs in a whole-body scan.
  • The field of AI-powered medical imaging is set to dynamically expand and improve as AI leaps to the forefront of interest.

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