Former DBMI Chair Ted Shortliffe, Vimla Patel Provide Addresses At 2019 ICAIH

Ted Shortliffe, MD, PhD, and Vimla Patel, PhD, DSc, FRSC, both provided addresses at the 2nd International Conference of AI in Healthcare (ICAIH), held July 19-21 in Alhambra, Calif.

Ted Shortliffe provided one of the keynote addresses at the 2019 International Conference on AI in Healthcare (ICAIH).

The theme of the 2019 ICAIH was ‘AI in Quality and Patient Safety,’ and it welcomed top experts from around the world during a comprehensive agenda that included speeches, panel discussions, poster displays and more.

Dr. Shortliffe, the former chair of the Columbia Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) and a current adjunct professor in the department, provided one of the keynote addresses during the event. His speech was on ‘Clinical Decision Support in the Era of Artificial Intelligence,’ which built on his December 2018 publication in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Vimla Patel gave an invited address at the 2019 ICIAH, and then shared the stage with Ted Shortliffe during the final panel discussion.

Dr. Patel, also an adjunct professor at DBMI, is the Senior Research Scientist and Director at the Center for Cognitive Studies in Medicine and Public Health at The New York Academy of Medicine, gave an invited speech on ‘The Role of Cognitive Science in Developing Safe and Acceptable Clinical Technologies.’

Dr. Patel’s invited talk was a plea for the science of cognition for understanding patient safety when interacting with artificial intelligence tools. She argued that intelligent decision support systems, as intelligent as they may be, seldom align with the mental processes underlying clinical decisions by healthcare professionals. These systems should augment human intelligence, in the context of social-cultural factors that may influence the patient care decisions.

Both Dr. Shortliffe and Dr. Patel shared in the final panel discussion of the conference, entitled ‘The Impact of AI on the Workforce.’