It was probably the first time maestros behind constructing prosthetic limbs received feedbacks directly from users. The Child Prosthetics Research Collaboration was an initiative funded by UK’s National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), in which children with the needs for prosthetic limbs are giving feedbacks to academics and manufacturers, to ensure present prosthetics are more user-friendly at home, schools and playground setting.

Technology allows us to get our hands dirty on more information and connects people with similar interests together. It is also gradually bringing down the ivory tower of medical professionals who have the knowledge and skills to decide the life and death of individuals. As reflected by the above example, researchers are no longer hiding behind laboratories, rather they are actively engaging with those who will eventually benefit from the research results.

A provider/patient power struggle?

Likewise for medicine, which is getting more personalized progressively. As patients get more power, we can’t help but wonder will patients, one day, pressure doctors to use certain medications because they knew of someone with similar condition recovered as a result. On the other hand, will doctors unintentionally persuade patients to give up certain treatments because the machine learning algorithm says “its success rate is below 50%”.

Recently, social media have been accused to have disturbed the flow of clinical trials as some participants openly discussed their experiences online and even guessed if they were in the control or experimental group. Technology is slowly changing the face of medicine, in a way which no one has foreseen before. Moreover, decentralizing medicine is perhaps, one of the many futures we are likely to expect. For the rest, we shall leave it to the experts’ to share their thoughts.

Session Focus: AI in Medicine: Future State

When: Saturday, December 15th 2018 (08:00-09:00)

A session to brainstorm what are some the future developments AI will bring to medicine. Also, which areas should we start focusing now.

Attendees will gain the following knowledge:

An insight into the many possibilities of artificial intelligence in medicine in near future and how will each of them changes the present relationship between patients and medical professionals.

Review previous trends in adopting technology into medicine; how does that changed the industry and how will technology unfolds the present situation.

Discuss the pros and cons of AI in medicine; what are some of the possible risks which may emerge as AI gets more involved.

Benefit from the first-hand information and views given by experts actively advocating the change.


Anthony Chang, Chief Intelligence and Innovation Officer, CHOC and Founder of AIMed, USA

Jack Hidary, Chairman, Hidary Foundation, USA

Geoffrey W. Rutledge, Chief Medical Officer & Co-founder, HealthTap, USA

Jack Po, Product Manager, Google, USA

You can sign up for this session here.