Not too long ago on HIFA and other forums we were discussing Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Health, its potentials, advantages, disadvantages, threats and so on. About the same time we were discussing for the umpteenth time the merits and demerits of traditional herbalists / native doctors and whether they could be integrated into modern science and evidence based health practice. Societies in the West discussed and settled such mundane matters centuries ago and have proceeded to sanitise their own medieval traditional health practices, whereas today’s low and middle income countries are still discussing it in the 21st century.
Fast forward to today’s high impact technological revolution era, we find it interesting that high income countries like the UK are progressing to look deeper into AI, Big Data, Genomics, Robotics and including the ethical challenges that such innovations throw at societal norms, cultures, practices and good conscience, the LMICs are stuck in trying to ‘strengthen their health systems with basic infrastructure, potable water, stable electricity, clean and sanitary environment, not to talk of supply of trained and skilled human resource’.
Yet, we must share the story below for it may just trigger some impetus in LMICs to join the progress towards making health care patient centered and better all the time. This is not to say that we should not talk about our heritage and how we managed ill-health in LMICs before the modern era. It’s just to say that ancient and modern can co-exist so long as the rules of integration are clearly defined, so that patients are not harmed, if it can be avoided. LMICs need to take cognisance of the future too, what is coming next?
LMICs will remain consumers even when their resources are dwindling, unless they make innovative moves like this one. But it takes local investment and resourcing, local original research for improvement driven by Political Will and performance. : READ ON
NHS to set up national artificial intelligence lab
By James Gallagher Health and science correspondent, BBC News
8 August 2019Inline imagees
The NHS in England is setting up a national artificial intelligence laboratory to enhance care of patients and research.
The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, said AI had "enormous power" to improve care, save lives and ensure doctors had more time to spend with patients.
He has announced £250m will be spent on boosting the role of AI within the health service...
"The power of artificial intelligence to improve medicine, to save lives, to improve the way treatments are done, that power is enormous," Mr Hancock told BBC News...
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HIFA profile: Joseph Ana is the Lead Consultant and Trainer at the Africa Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety in Calabar, Nigeria. In 2015 he won the NMA Award of Excellence for establishing 12-Pillar Clinical Governance, Quality and Safety initiative in Nigeria. He has been the pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) National Committee on Clinical Governance and Research since 2012. He is also Chairman of the Quality & Performance subcommittee of the Technical Working Group for the implementation of the Nigeria Health Act. He is a pioneer Trustee-Director of the NMF (Nigerian Medical Forum) which took the BMJ to West Africa in 1995. He is particularly interested in strengthening health systems for quality and safety in LMICs. He has written Five books on the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance for LMICs, including a TOOLS for Implementation. He established the Department of Clinical Governance, Servicom & e-health in the Cross River State Ministry of Health, Nigeria in 2007. Website: www.hriwestafrica.com Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA working group on Community Health Workers.
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