Ex Medica – A student documentary about AI in medicine

Three students from Vision West Nottinghamshire College  have made a short documentary about AI in medicine featuring an interview with yours truly.

They made contact through this blog having read some of my previous articles on AI in medicine and seeing that I was based near their college.

It was a pleasure to meet with Oliver, Lucy and Sam and be filmed at my surgery. They asked some great questions.

I was shocked in the film to see how much I say “erm”.

Must work on that…

We talked about how AI may soon be supporting, or even outperforming and replacing humans in certain tasks. Particularly those involving the understanding and weighing of complicated information, applying algorithmic rules to make predictions and draw conclusions, especially when consistency and low rates of error are important. This includes a large part of what doctors, health workers and many other professionals do on a day to day basis.

AI looks set to challenge humans in many of those professions which have traditionally been seen as a good bet by students for steady employability and decent pay.

I commented that in choosing to study, film, a field that draws on creativity and originality to entertain other humans, they might have made a smart choice in terms of their future job chances and pay.

Artistic and artisan pursuits require a human touch and a willingness to make mistakes. In order to truly have value for some people, others need to be challenged and to dislike.

 

“To err is human” and this has value. 

 

Perhaps there is hope for me and my “erms” after all.

 

eGPLearning PodBlast-  Dr Keith Grimes & Medical VR Interview

eGPLearning PodBlast-  Dr Keith Grimes & Medical VR Interview + Show Notes

In this episode of the eGPLearning Podblast, we interview Dr Keith Grimes, a GP and Medical Virtual Reality pioneer.

We talk about how Keith became interested in VR and how he has been using it in his clinical practice. We discuss the potential for VR in healthcare and also some of the pitfalls. Keith describes some of the projects and studies he is involved in.

Keith also explains how he built his skills to use social media to promote and build a community around his interest in Medical VR, and his tips for combining a career in health care with another interest or passion.

This is a great listen for your commute, on the treadmill or relaxing at home.

Enjoy…


Show Notes…

How to contact Keith and get involved in the Medical VR community:

Keith’s first experience with VR was through the arcade version of  Dactyl Nightmare:

Modern VR products such as the Oculus Rift are a much superior experience

Project CAR – Oculus Rift:

Keith describes the 5 use categories for Medical VR

  1. VR as adjunct to existing treatments – To improve pain and reduce anxiety during interventions
  2. VR as a form of therapy – e.g. to treat phobias, anxiety, mental health problems
  3. VR as a diagnostic tool – Eye tracking and assessing responses during simulations – e.g. eye tracking to diagnose Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  4. VR for education and training
    1. Medical Realities: https://www.medicalrealities.com
    2. Shafi Ahmed: @ShafiAhmed5
  5. VR expanding a patient’s understanding – empathy – living in someone else’s shoes. What’s it like to have dementia.

Downsides and Risks of VR in medicine:

  • Nausea and sickness – patients may unable to tolerate VR
  • Intensity of experience not suitable for some
  • Minimum Age, perhaps as low as 7 yrs
  • Many application involve simulated violence – unsuitable for some
  • Infection control – equipment needs to be sterilised between users

Keith’s current projects:

  • PREVENT ICU DeliriumPsychological Resilience Using Virtual Reality Exposure as a Novel Therapy to reduce ICU Delirium
    • Does VR pre-experience of intensive care unit reduce incidence and severity of postoperative delirium – about to begin small scale study.
  • “See What I See” – Kent and Surrey trial service
    • Use of “Expert Eye” based on Google Glass, to allow Doctors to remotely visit care homes. Carer wears smart glass and is provided with remote expert support by a GP.

Entry level equipment to get a taste of VR and start using it:

Equipment to take things to the “next level”:

Programming and developing VR tools