16 October 2018

Welcome to the seventh edition of AI Roundup - your fortnightly newsletter on AI. This week we have compiled an expert healthcare special edition, containing a more specialist selection of important pieces on AI and healthcare (missed our previous healthcare selection? Click here) - brought to you this week by our researcher Maximilian.

Market Analysis and Business Models for AI in Healthcare

Rethink needed over use of automated health records (Financial Times)

A UK Government minister has called for a ‘profound rethink’ of the ethical frameworks around using health data as the technology begins to delve ever more into patients’ personal records. Health officials are increasingly trumpeting the potential of machine learning (ML) to transform medicine, from speedier detection of eye disease to better care for those with complex health needs.

The AI Industry series: Top healthcare AI trends to watch (CB Insights)

AI needs doctors. Big pharma is taking an AI-first approach. Apple is revolutionising clinical studies. This report looks at the top AI trends reshaping healthcare. Healthcare is emerging as a prominent area for AI research and applications. Nearly every area across the industry will be impacted by the technology’s rise.

Deepmind Health should be ‘more transparent about business model’ (Digital Health)

An independent review panel has said Deepmind Health should be ‘more transparent about its business model’ and explain how it makes its money. The panel was created in 2016 when Deepmind Health was established. Its members meet quarterly to ‘scrutinise’ the company’s work with the NHS and publish an annual report outlining their findings.

Medical Education and Changing Professions

Machine learning and medical education (Nature)

AI driven by ML algorithms is a branch in computer science that is rapidly gaining popularity within the healthcare sector. Recent regulatory approvals of AI-driven companion diagnostics and other products are glimmers of a future in which these tools could play a key role by defining the way medicine will be practiced. Education the next generation of medical professionals with the right ML techniques will enable them to become part of this emerging data science revolution.

Surgery 3.0: AI and the next-generation surgeon (British Journal of Surgery)

AI technology has taken even longer to permeate through to the world of surgery, partly owing to the complex nature of interaction with human tissue at the core of the specialty, but also because of a perceived lack of necessity, evidence and awareness of the potential capabilities of computational approaches in surgical practice. AI is, however, advancing rapidly, and at a pace that is difficult to ignore. The current vision is one of augmented surgical practice to complement rather than replace human skills, particularly in two broad areas: surgical decision-making and operative surgery.

AI in surgery: Promises and perils (Annals of Surgery)

With the Information Age, a shift in workflow and productivity similar to that of the Industrial Revolution has begun, and surgery stands to gain from the current explosion of information technology. However as many emerging technologies, the true promise of AI can be lost in its hype. It is, therefore, important for surgeons to have a foundation of AI knowledge to understand how it may impact healthcare and to consider way in which the may interact with this technology. This review provides an introduction to AI by highlighting four core subfields - (1) ML, (2) natural language processing, (3) artificial neural networks, and (4) computer vision - their limitations, and future implications for surgeons.

Pharma and AI

How is AI changing drug discovery (Nature)

An enormous figure looms over scientists searching for new drugs: the estimated US$2.6 billion price tag of developing a treatment. A lot of that effectively goes down the  drain, because it includes money spent on the nine out of ten candidate therapies that fail somewhere between phase one trials and regulatory approval. Few people in the field doubt the need to do things differently. Leading pharmaceutical companies believe a solution is at hand.

How pharmaceutical and biotech companies go about applying AI in Research & Development (Biopharma Trend)

The interest in AI-driven solutions for early stage drug discovery is growing steadily among biopharma leaders with a projected market volume reaching US$10 billion by 2024 (for AI-based medical imaging, diagnostics, personal AI assistants, drug discovery, and genomics). The last couple of years were marked by a wave of new R&D collaborations between key biopharma players and AI-driven companies, primarily startups. Let’s see who is doing what in the biopharmaceutical AI landscape.

Katie Passey