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Experts See Generative AI’s Potential to Transform Public Health

Mark Hagland

Healthcare Innovation Group

Jun 5, 2024

Even as concerns continue over the sub-optimal use of artificial intelligence (AI), particularly that of generative AI, in healthcare, some healthcare leaders and researchers see tremendous opportunities for transforming the United States’ public health infrastructure using generative AI tools.

In that regard, a team of experts—Monica Bharel, M.D., M.P.H., John Auerbach, Von Guyen, and Karen B. DeSalvo—has authored a commentary article published in the June issue of Health Affairs, entitled, “Transforming Public Health Practice With Generative Artificial Intelligence,” that gets to the heart of those experts’ optimism around generative AI. The theme of the June issue of the journal is “Reimagining Public Health.”

Monica Bharel, M.D., M.P.H., is clinical lead for public sector health at Google; John Auerbach is senior vice president for public health at the ICF consulting firm; Von Guyen, M.D., is clinical lead for population health at Google; and Karen B. DeSalvo, M.D., is chief health officer at Google (and was National Coordinator for Health IT from January 2014 through August 2016).