The Evolution of AI and Healthcare Informatics: Assessing the Past as We Pursue the Future



Known as a pioneer in the use of AI in medicine, Edward H. Shortliffe gave his speech on smart healthcare and addressed that usability should be taken into account when applying AI to support clinical decision making.


Very often that Clinical Decision Support System (CDSS) is way too complex and difficult to use, said Dr Shortliffe. CDSS should be designed with good usability and is able to advice according to who the user is, hence the importance of relevance and insight. CDSS developers also need to bear in mind with cost and impact on clinical workflow and patients.


Keren Priyadarshini, Regional (Asia Pacific) Business Lead overseeing Microsoft’s healthcare business, mentioned that technologies Microsoft, Bose or Uber has make it possible for non-healthcare sectors to jump start marking in the healthcare industry. Microsoft’s Azure API for FHIR deployed across 54 markets, is the case showcasing the power of cloud-based technology in shaping the global healthcare landscape.


Representatives from AstraZeneca, Columbia University Medical Centre and Philips then proceeded with case studies including AI tools, AI-assisted imaging to identify glioblastoma and AI-powered technology for echocardiography. They also discussed values that health tech means to patient care and drug development.