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May 2018


On 30 April 2018 the Wall Street Journal published an excellent and concise introductory article on artificial intelligence (AI). The author acknowledged that AI "is anything a computer can do that formally was considered a job for a human". The article is divided into small sections including:

           What is AI?

           How does AI work?

           Why is everyone talking about it?

What is AI good for?

How intelligent is it?

           How is it limited?

Humans are unable to achieve the level of accuracy of machines when analyzing complex or large volumes of high-throughput (high-velocity) data. AI has the capability to offer decision-support in overwhelming situations. Healthcare disciplines burdened with big data and complex decision-making such as pathology, radiology and oncology are currently investigating the role of AI solutions. AI can be used to augment the role of healthcare specialists and to perform tasks they cannot perform. This process will have a significant impact on diagnostic accuracy and the specificity of treatment planning which will support personalized care.

The rapid evolution of AI will have a significant impact on the future of spinecare. To help address this matter and to prepare our members for the role and impact of AI the AASP recently developed the Spinecare Data Science Committee. The AASP recommends that all members read the excellent article published in the Wall Street Journal and review the purpose and goals of the AASP Spinecare Data Science Committee.

The AI future is here for the public and healthcare providers!


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