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Artificial intelligence in healthcare — opportunities and challenges
Members' Dinner with Professor Meng Law
Prof Vin Massaro
May 20, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm$80.00 – $95.00
In June last year, the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS) called on the Australian government to invest in the safety and quality of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare.
“Artificial intelligence (AI) is already starting to transform healthcare and Australia must act now to set our own path through this new landscape” was the conclusion of its report titled Artificial Intelligence in Health: Exploring the Opportunities and Challenges.
The report suggested that as a nation we need to agree on where we should use AI in health, not simply where we can use it, to determine the pathway for harnessing the benefits as part of an ethical, equitable and responsible future for AI development and implementation in Australian healthcare.
Artificial intelligence means using computer technologies to perform tasks that would otherwise require human cognition. In health, AI technologies hold the potential to deliver better prediction, prevention, diagnosis and management of diseases and the improvement of services to tackle future health challenges.
The COVID-19 pandemic, for example, demonstrated the potential for AI to enhance infectious disease tracking, support diagnosis and facilitate drug discovery and development.
However, there are risks and challenges such as the validation of AI technologies, potential malevolent use, data security, misdiagnosis and accountability for decision-making .
As Director of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at Alfred Health, Professor of Radiology, Neuroscience, Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering with Monash University and Director of iBRAIN (Integrative Biomedical Research in AI and Neuroimaging Lab), Professor Meng Law brings interesting perspectives to the use of AI in healthcare.
A world-class radiologist, he has dedicated his career to neuroradiology, a subspecialty that focuses on the diagnosis of abnormalities of the brain, spine, head and neck using imaging techniques. His areas of treatment include Alzheimer’s disease, concussion, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, brain tumors, acute ischemic stroke, epilepsy, spinal disorders and aneurysms.
Join us for this intriguing Melbourne Forum event with Professor Meng Law where we will explore the wonders of what we could do with AI in healthcare as well as the complexities.
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