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AI in healthcare

Artificial intelligence in healthcare

Working with a real-life practical case example this executive lunchtime session allowed a strategic discussion on the application, benefits and considerations of AI use in the delivery of services in across healthcare. The emerging use of AI in medical imaging and the opportunities and challenges it presents across a range of providers delivering healthcare services in the market. Medical Imaging is an example which touches right across the health sector and poses the question on the ethics in AI use and its application particularly in the light of clinical decision making and service design. The case study formed the basis of a design session and structured discussion to identify some take away solutions and approaches to support ongoing business strategy and service implementation.

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Our key take-away as participants and observers at the event were:

  • Busting the myth – we as a health sector need to be more informed about the potential
    opportunities and challenges of AI being introduced into healthcare.
  • Ethical considerations – currently there are no regulations, guidance or rules of play for the use of AI in healthcare.
  • Better pathway to innovation – in a new exciting and potentially economically -beneficial area for AI development, we have an opportunity to structure an approach which allows innovation to be better connected to health system implementation.
  • Don’t forget the human – the human context was called out as a key consideration in AI use in healthcare. We need to remember we are in a relationship-based sector where face to face interactions are valued.
  • First, do no harm – reflect on the Hippocratic Oath in healthcare – ‘first, do no harm’.
Prof Lizbeth Kenny AO

Prof Lizbeth Kenny AO

Chair, Artificial Intelligence Working Group

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Professor Lizbeth Kenny AO qualified in medicine from the University of Queensland, becoming a specialist in Radiation Oncology in 1987. She then spent nine years in private practice.

In 1997 she was appointed senior staff specialist in Radiation Oncology at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. She is the chair of the Statewide Cancer Clinical Network, Chairs the Queensland Clinical Networks executive and is a regional cancer director. Her main areas of clinical and scientific interest are Head and Neck Cancer and Breast Cancer and she is a principal investigator of several clinical trials. Within Queensland, her focus is concentrated on improving cancer care in every facet underpinned by longitudinal data and research. She has attracted over $85million in infrastructure and research funding.

Liz has held the Presidencies of the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia, and of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists. She has advised governments, universities and professional organisations, on cancer care infrastructure. Within Queensland, Liz’s team leads the Oncology Solution within Queensland Health’s Digital Strategy and she champions the need for such digital solutions to be clinically led.

Within the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists, Liz sits of the Faculty of Radiation Oncology Council and chairs the Artificial Intelligence Working Group. Liz actively supports efforts to create a Faculty of Interventional Radiology and is encouraging the convergence of Radiation Oncology and Interventional Oncology. She has highlighted the importance of Interventional Oncology within several national organisations and has introduced interventional oncology to the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia.

Liz has worked closely with the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe, providing assistance with the development of a curriculum for interventional oncology and leadership of a team that created a Quality Assurance system for Interventional Oncology, with a global reach.

Liz’s work has been recognised with honours by all the major radiological organisations in the world, including Distinguished Fellowship of CIRSE, Honorary Membership of the European Society of Radiology, Honorary Fellowship of the American College of Radiology, Honorary Membership of the RSNA, Honorary Membership of the British Institute of Radiology, Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Radiologists and the Gold Medal of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists.

In 2017, Liz was made an Officer of the Order of Australia.

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Natalia Vukolova CEO of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists.

Natalia holds the degrees of Bachelor of Business Management and Master of Social Development, is an Associate Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Management and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has a strong background of management experience across public sector, health, charity and member-based not-for-profit organisations. Natalia’s vision for the College is as an agile expert-based organisation which works in partnership with consumers. Natalia joined in 2009 and has been heading the College sinc

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