Digital transformation is a tangible reality that is already present in all areas of society and is currently also having an impact on the internal medicine practice. Big data and its analysis can help specialists not only better understand the behavior of a pathology, but also prevent or cure itin an increasingly personalized way.
Some estimates estimate that the volume of health data occupies approximately 25,000 petabytes (the equivalent of a movie lasting 36 million years) and this volume doubles every five years. Another interesting topic to highlight is that nowadays doctors only use the 3% of health data and that its misuse is the third cause of mortality.
So, in the scenario of 43rd National Congress of Internal Medicine of the SEMI-8th Congress of the Asturian Society of Internal Medicine (SAMIN)-8th Iberian Congress of Internal Medicine organized in the city of Gijón (Asturias)internists participated in the round table Application of artificial intelligence taking advantage of clinical data, moderated by the Dr. Pedro Abad Requejo.
According to Dr. Alberto Zamora Cervantes«We are witnessing the takeoff of the use of real-world-data and real-world-evidence and of applications based on Artificial Intelligence and with them the promotion of the 5P medicine: population, personalized, participatory, preventive and predictive. The future of diagnosis will be marked by the continuous and massive acquisition of data and its automated interpretation for the detection of abnormal patterns in each individual”.
“We are at an exciting time in the evolution and development of medicine and what we are seeing is just the beginning”
Although specialists have agreed that doctors need to Develop your digital skills and knowledge, this does not mean that the role of the doctor is in the background. “In the near future, AI systems will be very helpful tools in clinical practice, their use could even be required, but they can never be a substitute for healthcare professionals,” insists Dr. Zamora. In fact, the participants agree that you can have millions of pieces of data, but if they are not used properly, their usefulness is null.
Another point to highlight is that these clinical data and the applications that analyze them they must build trust both in doctors and in patients, and that all control must be carried out with absolute security and from an ethical and responsible governance. As Dr. Zamora explains, “In the development of AI systems it is essential to include the vision of the ethical standards and the regulatory framework».
Finally, during the closing of this panel, and after assessing the positive impact that AI can have on internal medicine professionals and patients, Dr. Abad concluded: “We are in an exciting moment in the evolution and development of medicine And what we are seeing is just the beginning. Institutions have to reorganize to use artificial intelligence in a new culture, with new professional roles and new infrastructures. Likewise, it is fundamental and necessary to include in our health organizations the culture of data quality that must be transversal and continuous, and here Internal Medicine, thanks to his global visionHe has a lot to contribute. Thus, having reliable data in real time will allow us to move from a reactive medicine model to a more proactive and predictive one”.
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