The Future of Human Health May Require Unlocking Access to Our Health Data

April 23, 2024


The synergy of artificial intelligence (AI) and medical imaging has opened new horizons for healthcare. AI-mediated computer vision has been in use in oncology for more than 20 years; however, its arrival in other medical fields, notably dentistry, is more recent. Dentistry is particularly notable here, because while relatively few people have seen an oncologist, almost everyone sees a dentist at least every few years. The application of AI in dentistry, thus, extends to a much broader population. Rapid advances in AI oblige us to consider system design choices in light of possible futures that we may discern only indistinctly today. In healthcare, the stakes are high–higher, arguably, than in any other areas of AI deployment.

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