Former American Telemedicine Association CEO forms AI trade group

Jonathan Linkous, the former CEO of the American Telemedicine Association who stepped down from the role in August 2017 after 24 years, co-founded a new trade group to push artificial intelligence and automation in healthcare, according to Politico Morning eHealth newsletter.

The Partnership for Artificial Intelligence and Automation in Healthcare has members from health systems, industry and payer groups, as well as regulators and individual professionals. Its goal is to accelerate the widespread adoption of AI and automation in health.

"With spiraling costs, increasing need, decreasing resources and rapidly advancing technologies, healthcare desperately needs to catch up," Mr. Linkous told Politico.

AI has the potential to revolutionize nearly every aspect healthcare. Recent innovations involve machine learning enabled robotic surgery assistance, a cognitive computing system to better match patients to clinical trials and an artificial neural network that can help identify and diagnose eye diseases.

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