|LETTER TO EDITOR
|Year : 2020 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 136-137
Authors reply to Pinninti et al., Niyogi and Baheti
Abhishek Mahajan1, Tanvi Vaidya1, Anurag Gupta1, Swapnil Ulhas Rane2
1 Department of Radiology, Tata Memorial Centre, Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Pathology, Tata Memorial Centre, Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
|Date of Submission||27-Jan-2020|
|Date of Acceptance||27-Jan-2020|
|Date of Web Publication||24-Feb-2020|
Swapnil Ulhas Rane
Department of Pathology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Mahajan A, Vaidya T, Gupta A, Rane SU. Authors reply to Pinninti et al., Niyogi and Baheti. Cancer Res Stat Treat 2020;3:136-7
We thank Pinninti and Rajappa, Niyogi and Baheti for their interest in our article. As aptly pointed out by Pinninti and Rajappa, artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare is rapidly gaining importance, with its potential utility being demonstrated across several domains of medicine.,, However, there are currently limited instances of such techniques being successfully translated into clinical practice. Several challenges need to be addressed before AI is successfully implemented in the healthcare sector. One of the crucial issues highlighted by them is that the objective comparison of algorithms across studies poses a challenge due to each study's performance being reported using variable methodologies on different populations with unique sample distributions and characteristics. Unless this issue is overcome, it is difficult for physicians to determine which algorithm can be applied to obtain maximum benefit for their patient population. Another pertinent issue raised by them is the pressing need to develop regulatory frameworks to deploy AI algorithms in a secure and effective manner. Owing to the continuous advancements in the field of healthcare, it is necessary to develop performance monitoring tools/programs to continually calibrate models using human feedback to identify performance deficits and correct these for greater benefit.
With AI poised to establish itself at the forefront of the health sector, it is certainly natural for physicians to wonder: Is AI coming for my job? This point is rightly raised by Niyogi; without a doubt, AI is in a prime position to alter clinical workflow, but its role would be to serve as more of a tool rather than a threat to health professionals, such that they would potentially derive benefit from its pattern recognition and predictive abilities. Thus, we would like to believe that the term 'augmented intelligence' is more apt considering its potential to improve physician accuracy, reduce errors in diagnosis and serve as an incredible asset to underserved regions with limited access to healthcare.
The comments by Baheti highlight the pressing concern of the entire scientific community regarding data ownership and privacy. Often, data custodianship is mistaken for data ownership. While the organization and/or the practitioner who get access to the patient data as a part of routine care have definitely been given consent (written or implied) by the patient to 'hold' their data for the purpose of their care, extending this consent to using or sharing data (anonymized or otherwise) for any additional purpose is not discussed routinely with the patient. Furthermore, once acquired (through additional consent or through a consent waiver authorized by the institutional ethics committee), there is no effective check in place or mandate to make the data and results publicly available to the community at large.
From the researcher's perspective, having complex and time-consuming procedures to acquire additional consent for the use of anonymized data introduces hurdles in the scientific process. This results in the sense of ownership (rather than custodianship) of data in the mind of the researcher who goes through the process of acquiring the additional consent and converting the raw data into meaningful knowledge and wisdom. The solution to this problem should aim at combining these multiple viewpoints, creating a framework for data storage and access acceptable to both patients and researchers and possibly incentivize each party involved to follow the process. We do know of two such efforts by the Department of Science and Technology, where National policies and rules are being defined for data sharing, protection and toward a scientific social responsibility which were open for public consultation till mid-late 2019., Similar efforts are being made by private organizations such as Facebook which is supporting research in this domain to come up with a patient-centric framework for AI research in India and address other related regulatory and ethical issues involved in migrating to an AI-enabled environment in healthcare and other domains.
While there are considerable efforts in recent times, these debates are still in their early stages in the general population and the media. More active interaction between the community at large and the scientific community is essential to bridge this gap.
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