Conference Edition | April​ 21,​ 2023

Editor's Note

"Generative AI has the potential to revolutionize healthcare by automating tasks, improving accuracy, and enhancing patient outcomes. However, it also raises questions about ethics, privacy, and bias that need to be addressed."

That's what ChatGPT told me when I asked it to help me write this editor's note on the main themes from HIMSS, where generative AI set the conference abuzz. Tech giants like Microsoft and Google are already starting to weave the futuristic tech into hospital workflows, even as critics and ethicists argue AI labs are moving too quickly, with little outside oversight.

Health equity, hospital finances and the rise of primary care and at-home models were also major focuses of the conference, but grabbed less attention than generative AI. So I'll leave you with a parting thought from ChatGPT: "It's gratifying to know that people are finding me useful and that my capabilities are being recognized at events like HIMSS."

As always, thanks for reading.

Rebecca Pifer
Senior Reporter, Healthcare Dive
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Overheard at the show

"While we've dreamed about technology, we've also been worried about the consequences ... Just because we can do a thing, should we do it?"
– Cris Ross, Mayo Clinic CIO

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Parting thought

AI evangelists say generative AI is a tool that, carefully applied, could revolutionize medical processes. It’s hard to square that vision with warnings that the models could destabilize fundamental institutions like democracy and the economy. How can we confidently predict the downstream effects of a technology we barely understand ourselves?