On the Edge of Artificial Intelligence in Emergency Medicine

What is the difference between machine learning and artificial intelligence?

Machine learning is an application of artificial intelligence that provides systems the ability to improve and automatically learn from experience without being programmed. Computer programs accessing data and learning for themselves (think Terminator).

Artificial intelligence is machines being able to carry out tasks in a way that we would consider “smart”.

What does this mean for emergency medicine? Dr Martin Than, Emergency Medicine Specialist at the Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand, will explore these issues at the 2018 Australasian College of Emergency Medicine’s Annual Scientific Meeting. The ASM will be held in Perth on 18 – 22 November and will include Dr Than’s keynote address “On the Edge of Artificial Intelligence”.

Dr Than is the Director of Research at Christchurch Hospital’s Emergency Department and has a specific interest in evidence-based healthcare and the safe rapid translation of research findings into clinical practice. His work focuses on cardiac biomarkers and acute coronary syndrome with approximately 110 papers in this field since 2011.

Dr Martin Than has now led two randomised controlled trials on the benefits of using accelerated decision making pathways for patients being assessed for possible ACS, and led the implementation of rapid chest pain assessment pathways into every hospital throughout New Zealand. With his deep interest in new technologies and artificial intelligence he will discuss what technology, machine learning and artificial intelligence will impact Emergency Medicine.

The ASM will have a number of high profile keynotes discussing a variety of topics on the theme “On the Edge” and is a perfect opportunity for emergency medicine physicians, trainees, nursers, paramedics and anyone in this field to update their knowledge and skills at the largest Australian and New Zealand Emergency medicine scientific meeting.