Artificial and Augmented Intelligence in Health Care: 2018-2019 edition of Health Care Trends
In 1950, Alan Turing authored his classic essay Computing Machinery and Intelligence, which imagines the possibility of computers created for simulating intelligence. It also explores many components now associated with artificial intelligence, including how intelligence might be tested and how machines might automatically learn. In the nineties, technological progress made the task of building systems driven by real-world data more feasible. The concepts of artificial and augmented intelligence (AI) and machine learning have quickly become attractive to health care organizations; however, the related terminologies are not well understood. While many in the health care industry foresee their technological goals hovering over the horizon, plotting a course to get there can be a difficult proposition—especially when the landscape is clouded by marketing hyperbole, confusing vocabulary, technical terminology, and as-yet-undeliverable promises of truly automated insights. This module, produced by the AMA’s Council on Long Range Planning and Development, provides the history, definitions and components, and examples of AI in health care. You will learn how the field of AI may progress, including the identification of opportunities and challenges for physicians. Potential outcomes of health care AI are also presented. Should you have technical questions, please contact the AMA Unified Service Center at 800-621-8335. Should you have questions regarding the content, please contact Susan Close at
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Artificial and Augmented Intelligence in Health Care: 2018-2019 edition of Health Care Trends
Release Date: October 1, 2018
Expiration Date: October 1, 2020

At the end of this activity, you should be able to:

  1. Describe AI-related terminologies and components
  2. Identify opportunities and challenges of AI in health care for physicians
  3. Recognize potential outcomes of health care AI for patients, physicians, payers, and policymakers  

Target Audience
This activity is designed for physicians and medical students.   

Statement of Competency
This activity is designed to address the following ABMS/ACGME competencies: patient care; medical knowledge; practice-based learning and improvement; interpersonal and communication skills; professionalism; and systems-based practice. 

Accreditation Statement
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education credit for physicians.

Designation Statement
The American Medical Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Receiving Your CME Credit
To claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, you must; 1) view the activity material in its entirety, 2) successfully complete the quiz by answering 4 out of 5 questions correctly and 3) complete the evaluation.
CME Planning Committee

Susan Close, RN, Director Health Care Trends and Secretary, Council on Long Range Planning and Development (CLRPD)
Barry Dickinson, PhD, AMA CME Program Committee
Ken Beaver, Senior Policy Analyst
Glenn Loomis, MD, CLRPD


Susan Close (author) and the following CLRPD members, content reviewers:
Alfred Herzog, MD
James Goodyear, MD
Glenn Loomis, MD
Mary Herald, MD
Clarence Chou, MD
Shannon Pryor, MD
Edmond Cabbabe, MD
Michelle Berger, MD
Matthew Lecuyer, MD (resident)
J. Steven Ekman (medical student)

Disclosure Statement
The content of this activity does not relate to any product of a commercial interest as defined by the ACCME; therefore, there are no relevant financial relationships to disclose for the planners or faculty.  
Ken Beaver, Barry Dickinson, PhD; Glenn Loomis, MD, Alfred Herzog, MD, James Goodyear, MD; Mary Herald, MD; Clarence Chou, MD; Shannon Pryor, MD; Edmond Cabbabe, MD; Matthew Lecuyer, MD; Katherine Marsh, medical student (nothing to disclose) 
Gary Thal, MD; Vice President, Medical Affairs Americas, for Astellas Pharma. 

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Web Browser: MS Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari, etc.  
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Should you have any questions regarding the content of the activity, please contact Susan Close at 

Should you have any technical questions, please contact the AMA Unified Service Center at 800-621-8335.

Type:  Internet Activity (Enduring Material)
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