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Reliable resources and patience during COVID-19

“Be patient so you don’t become one.”
1990 PostMedCare / MHF

During these times of increased anxieties, the aforementioned holds true as it did when first coined in the early 90s.

I understand how you may be feeling.  Anxious for the most current accurate information.  So many have felt and are feeling the same.  What many have found to counter the negative is to stay informed by utilizing credible resources. No one has all the answers.  However, the below resources can help us all to be informed and significantly reduce risk.

Get the latest public health information from the CDC: https://www.coronavirus.gov.

Get the latest research from NIH: https://www.nih.gov/coronavirus.


Medical professional resources all can tap into:

March 18

JAMA held a live interview with NIAID Director Anthony Fauci, MD, about updates on the coronavirus.

March 17

—AMA has designed a quick guide to support physicians and practices in expediting the implementation of telemedicine.

—CDC held its latest webinar: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update and Information for Long-term Care Facilities

—The CDC updated guidelines on cruise ship travel to include additional pre-travel advice about in-cabin isolation if patients become sick during a cruise and a 14-day quarantine following completion of any cruise. 

—New CDC interim guidance released on March 16 for discontinuation of home isolation for persons with COVID-19 as well as new FAQ for Healthcare Professionals released March 17 that provides additional knowledge regarding  COVID-19 at this time.

March 16

—AMA issued a letter to the White House to express the urgent need to resolve the mounting problems being raised by the nation’s frontline caregivers with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic.

—New CDC guidance recommends all persons defer any travel on cruise ships and river boats worldwide and provides recommendations to clinicians and state and local health departments to provide patients with pre- and post-travel advice to reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Special edition of AMA Journal of Ethics Ethics Talk: Editor-in-chief, Audiey Kao, MD, discusses the ethical challenges, including resource scarcity and medical worker obligations, that arise during pandemics with public health expert Dr Matthew Wynia.

 

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) Hype or Help for medical professionals?

The answer is both.

The diagnostic performance of deep learning models is impressive.

However, we must acknowledge AI and the more advanced ML in healthcare are tools. The correct term is Augmented Intelligence (AugI).

AugI in medicine is an approach focusing on AI’s assistive role, emphasizing the fact that technology is designed to enhance human intelligence not replace it.

The aforementioned is illustrated in an excellent 09/25/19 review article in The Lancet:  “A comparison of deep learning performance against health-care professionals in detecting diseases from medical imaging: a systematic review and meta-analysis”

“Our review found the diagnostic performance of deep learning models to be equivalent to that of healthcare professionals,” write Livia Faes, MD, of Cantonal Hospital Lucerne in Switzerland, and colleagues.

Diagnosis of disease using deep-learning algorithms “holds enormous potential,” they conclude. “From this exploratory meta-analysis, we cautiously state that the accuracy of deep-learning algorithms is equivalent to healthcare professionals while acknowledging that more studies considering the integration of such algorithms in real-world settings are needed.”

 


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