Smarter Health: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of American Healthcare

Airing on Sundays in July on WGCU NPR is a four-part exploration of how artificial intelligence and machine learning may revolutionize the healthcare industry. What technology is already available or in development for clinical settings? What ethical dilemmas does the technology presents in medicine? This series will also introduce listeners to the people involved in AI in healthcare; scientists developing tools, clinicians and doctors using the tools; and patients experiencing changing technology as part of their care. Learn more on WGCU NPR at 8 pm on Sundays July 10, 17, 24 and 31.

Part 1: Potential of AI in Health Care, July 10

Learn about the state of AI in healthcare — the developments already on the market and the kinds of developments researchers think have the most potential to change healthcare.

Part 2: Ethical Considerations, July 17

AI has potential in healthcare as long as important ethical considerations are addressed in three areas: data collection, algorithm development, and implementation of AI in healthcare.

Part 3: Guardrails, Guidelines, and Regulation, July 24

As AI develops in the healthcare space, regulations also need to develop. The FDA, until recently, regulated only drugs and medical devices. AI is software that is constantly changing. Hear from the head of the FDA’s digital health division, Dr. Matthew Diamond, about what role it will play as AI expands. Find out from experts about the kind of guardrails needed to ensure safety and regulations that could push the market toward developing tools to serve larger patient populations.

Part 4: People, July 31

The potential of the technology, the ethical questions around deploying it, the guidelines regulating it and in this last episode — the people working with it, developing it, and the patients receiving care involving AI. How can this technology thrive in our complex and broken healthcare system where doing the most good or giving more patients access to care isn’t always incentivized.