An Argument for Clinical AI Departments


A compelling expert commentary has been published in the BMJ Health and Care Informatics Journal, arguing eloquently for the establishment of clinical artificial intelligence departments. The authors, including Romain Pirracchio, MD, PhD, Chief of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG) and the Ronald D. Miller Distinguished Professor in the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care at UCSF, note that a formal structure is required to guide the development of health care AI, bringing clinical experts and resources under one umbrella to create technologies centered on patient care and clinical utility. Given AI’s vast commercial potential and wide-spread proliferation, the authors argue that the establishment of clinical AI departments will be imperative to ensure that unlike many electronic medical record systems, AI technologies actually work as intended to improve patient care and clinical workflows. Read the full article in the BMJ Health and Care Informatics Journal issue (citation below).


Cosgriff CV, Stone D, Weissman G, Pirracchio R, Celi LA. The clinical artificial intelligence department: a prerequisite for success. BMJ Health Care Inform 2020;0:e100183. doi:10.1136/