“We’re at a Sputnik moment for AI.”

Pedro Domingos, author of The Master Algorithm

The main theme at the annual meeting of HIMSS, the global organization focused on better health through information and technology, was clearly again artificial intelligence.

I had the privilege of chairing the workshop on machine learning with Michael Moran of HIMSS. This one-day gathering had over 400 enthusiastic attendees who wanted to be enlightened and convinced that there is more to AI in healthcare than the obvious hype.

The timing was impeccable: U.S. President Trump signed the executive order for an American AI Initiative on the same day. Like Trump, some healthcare organization leaders feel the weighty significance of AI with its new paradigm and do not wish to be left behind; they do not, however, appreciate the AI transformation enough to invest or expend significant dollars.

This schizophrenic leadership approach to AI will ultimately be very detrimental in the long term. This year is the semi-centennial of the lunar landing, and we in healthcare direly need a resolve akin to President Kennedy’s determined quest to place a man on the moon by the end of the decade.

As a community it’s never been more important that we work as a team and continue to innovate. You’ll see below a selection of articles around the coverage of HIMMS, a fantastic example of how our community continues to come together.

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