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All along, my husband and I thought our love story was as straightforward as the M40. We met when we were both students in London. We dated and lived in the capital for a while before marrying in Italy, my husband’s homeland, in October 2019. The love between us and the support from our families made us race and colour blind until one afternoon, when a random stranger asked my husband how much he paid for me.

It was near Canary Wharf, not the best place to meet a drunk. I remembered my first reaction was, “I haven’t cleared my…


Johns Hopkins became synonymous with their dashboard that tracked the global spread of the coronavirus. But few remember their pandemic simulation exercise just two months before the outbreak.

On October 18th 2019, a simulation exercise involving 15 policymakers, health officials, and business leaders took place at The Pierre Hotel in New York City. Known as Event 201, the exercise was co-hosted by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the World Economic Forum.

The scenario put forward at Event 201 was a quick-spreading novel coronavirus that had begun on a pig farm in South…


Hospital innovation should be a thoroughly thought process; not cut and paste the success from other sectors.

“I remembered tuberculosis was extremely common during my days as a medical student and junior doctor in India,” says Dr. Kaushik Banerjea, Executive Director of Medical Services at Portland District Health in Australia.

Patients would be given Rifampin for their treatment. Noncompliance was high. So, doctors tended to ask if the patients had experienced any problem with their urination. If patients said yes and expressed their urine had changed colour, that would be an indication they had taken their medications because Rifampin produced…


Dr. Victor Garcia, Founding Director, Trauma Services and Professor of Surgery and Pediatric at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, held his audience spellbound at the recent AIMed Pediatric virtual conference.

“Children are the most vulnerable in our society,” he told the conference. “That’s why pediatricians have to be so resilient and why children are most in need of AI. If we can apply AI to help us make more accurate diagnoses in a more timely manner, children can be spared from the impact of adult decision-making. That’s why AI is the future.”

Dr. Garcia began exploring the technology in 2018 when he…


When asked, at the recent AIMed interview, what is the most important lesson he learnt in his artificial intelligence (AI) journey, Haris Shuaib, Senior Physicist in Magnetic Resonance and Topol Digital Fellow at Guy’s and St Thomas’ National Health Service (NHS) Foundation Trust replied the value of independent testing. “Most people know AI performance fluctuates from one setting to the other and end-results can be radically different. So, it is important to validate AI-driven products and do that as early as possible. If you are working with technology partners, get them to commit or facilitate that testing”.

Shuaib believes AI…


Most health professionals, scientists, and engineers think they have good ideas but they do not necessarily know what to do with them. Even if they do, they may not realize the many considerations involved in the whole process of commercializing medical technology. Unfortunately, some of these skills and knowledge are not taught in formal training. So, many health professionals, scientists, and engineers are not aware of what they don’t know. Besides, they may not have the time or accept the need to learn, especially if they are eager to get their ideas to patients.

Begin with low-hanging fruits

Regulatory agencies…


From mathematics and engineering school to cardiac anesthesiology and epidemiology, Dr. Louise Sun’s journey has been remarkable. The University of Ottawa Heart Institute’s cardiac anesthesiologist talks big data and health care delivery with Hazel Tang.

wo years ago, a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal hit the headlines. In summary, it revealed that even though men are more likely to have heart failure, women tend to be the ones dying from it. The study speculated men and women might be suffering from different forms of heart failure as they did not share the same symptoms. Often, the type…


Health institutions are sharing our data yet the COVID-19 pandemic has shown we still remain doubtful that AI solution can save us from a global health crisis. Hazel Tang asks whether we need to trust more.

In 2013, the National Health Service (NHS) England gradually rolled out a new service — NHS 111 which enables the public to seek medical advice or treatment for “urgent but not life-threatening” incidences. This 24/7 hotline, and subsequent web-based assessment, has become a lifeline for many in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic with nearly two million inquiries.

But recently, it’s been reported that data collected…


Recently, AIMed caught up with Dr. Rebecca Pope, a Clinical Neuroscientist by background and Director of Data Science and Engineering at KPMG UK, who is currently on voluntary secondment at Great Ormond Street Hospital’s DRIVE unit. Rebecca will be speaking at the upcoming AIMed Pediatric virtual conference on 10 and 11 November and she shared some of her insights in: How to approach learning more about artificial intelligence (AI); overcoming challenges in AI deployment, mitigating biases and much more.

Understand what you will like to achieve with AI

“Personally, I think getting started in the field is really challenging mainly…


Prior to the AIMed Radiology virtual event held in association with the American College of Radiology (ACR) on November 5, AIMed is excited to speak with Dr. Geraldine McGinty, ACR President on the challenges of deploying artificial intelligence (AI) in radiology; who should pay and be liable for the technology, and her thoughts for the next decade.

AIMed: When did ACR begin to realize that AI is probably going to do something different to medicine, particularly Radiology?

Dr. McGinty: ACR did a strategic plan in 2014; at a time when we were still feeling the aftermath of the 2008 financial…

Hazel Tang

Staff writer @ ai-med.io. Previously with The Spectator, chinadialogue, and Research Fortnight. Data enthusiast. I beat info up until they scream stories.

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