Why Educate Doctors on Artificial Intelligence in Health (AI) ?

  • In 2019, there was a position statement by the American Academy of Dermatology on Augmented Intelligence (AuI) that came out. The goals they mentioned in this specifically said that we need to educate stakeholders on advantages and limitations of AuI.
  • Like for Telemedicine there needs to be transparency and choice for patients and providers where AuI is utilized and care. We need to educate providers on best practices and appropriate use for AuI….and that comes with knowledge.
  • Indeed, when you talk to providers and surveys and such about what are providers concerned about when it comes to this AI stuff and AuI stuff?
    • Little is really known on what solutions exists (and that it is still mostly reasearch-2020).
    • Healthcare professionals (HCPs) and the public are all confused.
    • Few now what it is.
    • It’s more conceptual impressions that knowledge.

Fear caused by AI

  • Doctors are overall concerned about what AI means for their job or practices. Does this mean that that non-physician provider down the street with a certain algorithm can suddenly do dermatology and compete with dermatologists?
  • Does this mean that dermatologists are no longer useful or that people are not going to respect our unique and valuable expertise?

Jules Lipoff, MD. Education for Teledermatology and AI in Dermatology. 8th World Congress of Teledermatology, Skin Imaging and AI in Skin diseases – November 2020


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