As we are counting down towards AIMed Europe 2019 taking place between 17 and 19 September in London (you may read the event agenda hereand book your ticket on the AIMed Europe Official Site), AIMed will also like to bring your attention to AIMed Australia, hosting for the very first time this November. 

As we announced in May, AIMed is partnering Best Case Scenario, a leading events management company based in New South Wales, to roll out AIMed Australia between 12 and 13 November, in Hilton Sydney. AIMed Australia is the fourth AIMed Flagship event, apart from AIMed North America, AIMed Europe, and AIMed Asia. It signifies an extension of the platform’s vision: To bring about a revolution that embraces a new paradigm of medicine and healthcare propelled by artificial intelligence (AI) and related new technologies. 

The first AIMed Breakfast Briefings in Australia 

On 16 August, the first AIMed Breakfast Briefing took place in Sydney, in which several local healthcare and industrial experts, took turns to provide the audience an overview of the AI landscape and detail present challenges. Professor Enrico Coiera, Director of the Centre for Health Informatics, and Lead of the Australian Alliance for AI in Healthcare pointed out “a rapid growth in certification and an explosion in commercialization” of healthcare-related technologies. 

Nevertheless, he believed the greatest benefit will come not from more technology breakthroughs but a judicious application of existing AI capability, which needed careful consideration. For example, a well-regarded paper might reveal an AI system that can perform equally, if not, better than human in identifying thyroid cancer. 

Rather than racing to replace clinicians with a diagnostic platform, practitioners should consider: While the rate of thyroid cancer diagnosis has risen dramatically, its related death rates remained static. As such, the question is not “should we use AI to diagnose thyroid cancer” but “do we need to treat all cases”. Professor Coiera said perhaps AI could determine a more relevant answer to each of the question. 

AIMed Shark Tank – The Innovation Challenge  

Three AIMed Shark Tank challenges were identified at this AIMed Breakfast Briefing. Interested individuals could respond and come forward with viable solutions, to win a chance to showcase themselves this November at AIMed Australia. The AIMed Shark Tank has been a highly anticipated feature of the AIMed Summit. Last year, eight finalistspresented their ideas at AIMed North America. 

Challenge 1: Personalized Pregnancy Support 

Dr. M. Talat Uppal, Obstetrician & Gynecologist; Visiting Medical Officer, Northern Beaches Hospital; Visiting Medical Officer, Hornsby Ku-ring gai Hospital; Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney, presented how AI could possibly help, by analyzing risk factors and creating a more closely-knitted communication framework centered around women, clinicians, and healthcare providers, to reduce pregnancy complications and rates of stillborn. She would like to know, whether the idea could be translated into a simple wearable or unique code, which permits easy access and monitoring? 

Challenge 2: Chronic Disease Management 

Medical Hospitalist Dr. Haroon Kasim said whether there is an AI solution would have an impact on existing healthcare management, especially those concerning chronic diseases. He cited how an information gap and the lack of standardization, could have an adverse effect on patients and deepening healthcare costs and wonder if AI could be of help to bridge these gaps? 

Challenge 3: Aged Care Intelligence

Healthcare Specialist Dr. Michael Costello, showed how older Australians and those who work in the aged care sector, could improve the quality of care through technologies. For example, MyAgedCare, an Australian government initiative to assist the locals to kick start their senior journey. The platform provides different types of information as well as linking individuals to service providers and healthcare professionals. His query was, “is there an opportunity to use AI to help people to navigate a site like MyAgedCare?”

Overall, as PwC Technology Ethics Specialist, Richard Kelly said, we are optimistic about the impact that AI will have across the global economy. PwC forecasted by 2030, the global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will go up about 14% because of the accelerating development and take-up of AI. In healthcare, the impact will be both transformative and disruptive but at the same time, he also warned, “those incorporating AI should never lose sight of the fact that technology best support human capabilities, rather than replaces them, and that compassion, intuition, and emotional intelligence will remain pillars of true healthcare” 

A full summary of this Breakfast Briefing is available on AIMed events page. Related podcasts and videos are available here. Please visit AIMed Australia official site to learn more about the event or to register your interest; early bird discount expires on 12 September. 

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Hazel Tang

A science writer with data background and an interest in the current affair, culture, and arts; a no-med from an (almost) all-med family. Follow on Twitter.