Experts Weigh In On The Great Hopes For Artificial Intelligence In Medicine And The Ethical Pitfalls That Come With It – Kaiser Health News

Experts Weigh In On The Great Hopes For Artificial Intelligence In Medicine And The Ethical Pitfalls That Come With It

Artificial intelligence has the potential to better patient care while creating cost-efficiencies that would be impossible without it. But it could also worsen racial disparities, have profit outweighing patient care, or simply lead to mistakes that a human wouldn’t make. In other news at the intersection of health care and technology: video games, virtual reality for nursing home patients and ways to identify bacteria’s genetic makeup.

The Wall Street Journal: The Ethical Dilemmas AI Poses For Health Care
Could a machine-learning algorithm diagnose your next illness? Artificial intelligence can make diagnoses from digitized images such as mammograms and diabetic retinal scans. More sophisticated interventions might also be possible someday: algorithms that guide robots through surgery, for example, or even help restore motor control in paralyzed patients. (Ward, 10/14)

The Washington Post: Video Games Help People With Disabilities Find Friends And Transcend Real-World Limitations
When Jackson Reece lost his arms and legs to sepsis after already being paralyzed, he thought his life was over. It was video games that brought him back. “I don’t think about being disabled when I’m in my gaming setup and talking to everyone,” Reece, 33, said. “Just Jackson ‘pitbullreece,’ just sitting here playing, and that’s what makes me me.” In the United States, one in four people have a disability, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Miller, 10/14)

The Washington Post: A Recent College Graduate Helps Nursing-Home Residents See The World — Without Leaving Home
Jim Halsey, 83, has traveled in his life to Japan and South Korea, through Europe and Central America. One recent day, he squatted in a narrow, wooden boat and watched as an elephant trudged through a swamp in Botswana. Halsey, who was an intellectual-property lawyer before he retired, didn’t have to leave his wheelchair at Powhatan Nursing Home in Falls Church, Va., to make the trip. He and about a half-dozen other residents at the retirement facility strapped on virtual-reality goggles and journeyed to the country in southern Africa, as well as to Antarctica. (Lumpkin, 10/14)

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