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Addressing the fear around AI in health: introducing Augmented Intelligence

In early 2019, Dr. Suzanne Olbricht who was then AAD president convened a task force, the membership of which is shown here with a goal of positioning our specialty to lead and engage with efforts in augmented intelligence in dermatology. The position statement that was crafted towards an introduction to AI and the concept of augmented intelligence.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a field of study that tries to develop computer programs that can perform activities typically requiring human intelligence. It’s been around for decades, and the confluence of increases in computing power (Moore’s law) and new techniques and machine learning and big data has spurred what is considered and called the golden age for the field.

Augmented intelligence (AuI) is a purposeful conceptualization that :

-focuses on artificial intelligence’s assistive role and emphasizes that AI is designed to enhance human intelligence rather than replace it.

-emphasizes the dyadic relationship of man and machine and articulates this expectation that systems and technologies should compliment and extend the work of humans to permit delivery of care that outperforms when either can do alone.


AuI Is the synergy of man and machine. Regardless of whether we’re talking about the currently envisioned narrow assistive technologies, or even software that is fully automated, AuI puts the Healthcare Provider (HCP) into its permanent role by allowing to define that these technological systems should argument and scale the capabilities of clinicians, care teams, and patients.

Reference: Justin Ko, MD. AAD Position Statement on Augmented Intelligence. Fusing technology with human Expertise to enhance Dermatological Care. 8th World Congress of Teledermatology, Skin Imaging and AI in Skin diseases – November 2020

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