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Ethics and AI in medicine: Essentials every modern doctor should know
By Sahika Betul Yayli  |  Sep 26, 2023
Ethics and AI in medicine: Essentials every modern doctor should know
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This second in a two-part series covers the most important considerations that doctors and other medical professionals should be aware of as AI and other new tech increasingly integrate into the healthcare terrain. AI and ML engineer and medical doctor Sahika Betul Yayli lays it out in plain terms.

ISTANBUL - In the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare, the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) presents both groundbreaking advancements and profound ethical complexities. As AI technologies continue to shape medical decision-making processes, to navigate these novel horizons with a comprehensive understanding of the ethical considerations they entail is imperative, but equally important is to navigate these ethical implications.

As a continuation of my previous article, the second and last part of this series aims to illuminate five more pivotal ethical considerations associated with the integration of AI in healthcare, while also providing pragmatic ethical frameworks for decision-making. Spanning nine principal sections, this exploration seeks to reveal multifaceted aspects of the AI-healthcare relationship.

Section 5: Improving transparency and interpretability of AI algorithms

The widespread use of AI technologies in the medical field significantly influences patients' healthcare decisions, but one of the most crucial issues arising from use of these technologies is the comprehensibility of their operations and outcomes. Transparency and interpretability are vital when trying to foster trust in AI systems, but the intricate and sometimes opaque nature of AI algorithms and deep learning techniques can make explaining their outcomes challenging. This adversely affects communication between doctors and patients, and limits patients' reliance on algorithmic recommendations. Thus, ensuring the transparency and interpretability of AI algorithms is critical in helping medical professionals and patients better understand and evaluate AI-recommended healthcare decisions.

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