Few developing technologies have grabbed the attention of surgeons quite like artificial intelligence (AI). It’s been the talk of the town lately, capturing the imagination of those in the medical field. And today, we’ve got a panel session you don’t want to miss. At 2:30 pm, we’ll be diving into the world of Next Generation Predictive Tools and Artificial Intelligence for Anticipating Postoperative Outcomes. We’ve got some top-notch surgeons and national experts in biomedical AI who will be discussing how this technology can revolutionize patient outcomes.
This session couldn’t be more timely. AI has been growing at an astonishing rate in the medical space. Christopher J. Tignanelli, MD, FACS, our moderator and associate professor at the University of Minnesota, shed some light on this matter. He let us in on the fact that there are now over 500 US Food and Drug Administration-approved AI solutions on the medical market. Can you believe that?
As a surgeon, you’re going to start seeing AI show up more and more in your practice. Whether it’s vendors offering AI-embedded solutions or hospitals wanting to integrate AI-based software, it’s going to be a game-changer. Dr. Tignanelli, who’s also the co-director for the University of Minnesota Center for Clinical Quality & Outcomes Discovery and Evaluation, as well as the associate dean for data science, emphasized the importance of understanding the risks and benefits of AI, its capabilities and limitations, and the influence of bias on AI models.
One crucial aspect that Dr. Tignanelli highlighted is knowing how AI is currently being used in surgery. This panel discussion will cover examples of AI’s applications in the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative settings. We’ll delve into preoperative models, examining how AI can help predict postoperative risks for morbidity and mortality. Dr. Tignanelli will give us the lowdown on the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program® risk calculator, a tool that most surgeons have used at least once. And we won’t stop there—we’ll also discuss alternative platforms like MySurgeryRisk and the Predictive OpTimal Trees in Emergency Surgery Risk (POTTER) calculator.
But wait, there’s more! We’ll explore the potential of AI in the intraoperative setting. Imagine tools that can use data from hundreds of previous cases to foresee upcoming portions of a surgery while it’s happening. It’s like having a crystal ball in the operating room, providing surgeons with additional oversight. And let’s not forget the possibility of autonomous robot surgery. The future is here, my friends.
Lastly, we’ll touch upon models that optimize patient care through continuous analysis and prediction of complications and other outcomes during the recovery stage. It’s mind-blowing to think about the potential AI has for improving patient care in the long run.
Dr. Tignanelli is confident that this constantly evolving technology will spark an engaging discussion. “Since the advent of ChatGPT and other popular AI platforms, I’ve received numerous requests for more information on these tools,” he shared. “So, I’m expecting a fantastic turnout for this session.”
So mark your calendars, folks! You definitely don’t want to miss this deep dive into the exciting world of AI in surgery. It’s going to be an eye-opening experience, and who knows, it might just change the game for all of us.