“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

Henry Ford

As we welcome the new year, this past year was a most noteworthy one for artificial intelligence in healthcare and medicine. The myriad of AI applications in our lives have become quotidian. In addition, the first FDA-cleared AI system for autonomous detection of diabetic retinopathy (IDx-DR) started to be used in a clinical setting. Lastly, our AIMed meetings became international with meetings in London in September, Hangzhou in November, and back to our annual flagship December meeting in southern California.

In my privileged travels to speak or participate at numerous AI meetings across the globe last year (close to 50 cities and countries from Stockholm to Bali), one singular element superseded all others. The real-life human-to-human (H2H) bonding was by far the most important factor to foster friendships and engender collaborations in this nascent domain. This H2H bonding, no matter what our professional titles and educational backgrounds are, is especially needed during this era of hyper connectivity with incessant emails and continual texts.

How ironic: For “artificial” intelligence to be successfully promulgated in healthcare and medicine, we need real human interactions and anthropocentric relationships.

Anthony Chang, MD, MBA, MPH, MS
Founder, AIMed
Chief Intelligence and Innovation Officer
Medical Director, The Sharon Disney Lund
Medical Intelligence and Innovation Institute (mi3)
Children’s Hospital of Orange County