12 Ways Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Health Care

You may be familiar with the name Robert Wachter, M.D. He’s written six books and hundreds of journal articles; he chairs the department of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco; and he’s a leading advocate for patient safety. One health care magazine this year anointed him the nation’s most influential physician-executive. He’s perhaps best known for having coined the term “hospitalist,” and for having defined and promoted hospital medicine as a recognized primary care subspecialty.In a new book, The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age (McGraw-Hill Education, 2015), Wachter takes a deep dive into the turbulent waters of medical technology as informed by artificial intelligence, or AI. “While computers are preventing many medical errors,” he observes, “they are also causing new…


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