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Unravelling the Potential of AI in the Medical Practice: Data, Accountability, Bias and Regulation

Unravelling the Potential of AI in the Medical Practice: Data, Accountability, Bias and Regulation

In my last three posts, I looked at AI in medical practice, unravelling some of the mysteries of what it is and is not and diving deep into trust issues.  Many physicians are moving ahead with tools for their practices, primarily large language model-based, and if using a well-tested product, they are finding it relatively…

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Unraveling the Potential of AI in Medical Practice: Building Trust

Unraveling the Potential of AI in Medical Practice: Building Trust

“Trust is like the air we breathe – when it’s present, nobody really notices; when it’s absent, everybody notices.”  Warren Buffett In the age of rapid technological advancements, artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged as a powerful tool that can potentially transform the medical industry. The dialogue surrounding AI’s integration into healthcare is a testament to…

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Unravelling the Potential of AI in Medical Practice: Trust, Mistrust and Distrust

Unravelling the Potential of AI in Medical Practice: Trust, Mistrust and Distrust

This is the second in a six-part series being written to more deeply explore the incredible potential of AI in healthcare, specifically in the practices of family physicians and specialists in the community.  Much of this is incredibly exciting.  But doctors live in a world of evidence, and there are good reasons why mistrust and…

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Unravelling the Potential of AI in the Medical Practice: Is AI just a fad??

Unravelling the Potential of AI in the Medical Practice: Is AI just a fad??

Like anything new, some doctors have told me that AI in medicine is a fad. It will never be able to do what a physician does.  To a degree, for the next few years, they are correct.  But AI is not just a fad; it represents a significant and enduring technological advancement with far-reaching implications…

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Unravelling the Potential of AI in the Medical Practice

Unravelling the Potential of AI in the Medical Practice

There has been vibrant discussion online recently about the possibility and opportunity of using artificial intelligence in community clinical care. Some of this has taken on an almost prophetic tone, filled with enthusiasm about the potential for AI tools to enhance our capabilities and efficiency. Many other posts, however, have been cautionary tales, tinged with…

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So, What Now With Virtual Care?

So, What Now With Virtual Care?

In recent years, the concept of how we deliver healthcare has undergone a significant transformation, moving beyond traditional in-person visits to embrace the digital realm. This shift has brought with it the rise of virtual care, a term that has gained increasing importance in the healthcare landscape. But what exactly is virtual care, and how…

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The Future of Primary Care in Canada: Collaboration in Care and Policy

The Future of Primary Care in Canada: Collaboration in Care and Policy

Welcome to the final part of this four-part series on trends in primary care in Canada. In this installment, we cast our gaze into the future of healthcare, exploring high-level concepts that are set to transform primary care delivery, and which we must face head-on. Collaboration between clinicians and policymakers will be key to ushering…

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The Shifting Landscape of Primary Care in Canada: A Patient-Centric Perspective

The Shifting Landscape of Primary Care in Canada: A Patient-Centric Perspective

In recent years, primary care in Canada has undergone significant transformations, largely driven by changing patient expectations and the evolving healthcare landscape. Covid-19 certainly shifted our focus, both looking very sharply at needs at sub local levels, but also  at broader system change that is required to keep our population healthy. From the patient perspective,…

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Making population health measurement simpler for clinicians, in Ontario Health Teams and daily practice

Making population health measurement simpler for clinicians, in Ontario Health Teams and daily practice

This article was originally posted on OntarioMD.blog With fairly radical transformation happening in health care in Ontario as we speak, a question looms large: how do we measure success? How do we know that the change we get is what we need? Which lens do we look through as success will appear differently for patients,…

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Ontario Health Teams are Coming!

Ontario Health Teams are Coming!

Change is happening now in Ontario healthcare. It has been needed for some time, but a new provincial government with a demand to deliver high value for public dollars is making the change imminent. So what, exactly, is “value”? Value is best defined as quality (in all of its domains) divided by cost. It can be measured from…

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