Also, I work directly with hospitals such as LUMC and Catharina to apply AI in clinical research, for example to treat coronary artery disease. This will be done as part of the e/MTIC collaboration. e/MTIC is a very valuable partnership, because it allows me to do fundamental research in the university and directly have access to clinical practice in one of the hospitals around Eindhoven."
What will the role of AI be in the future of healthcare?
"There is so much potential, I am convinced that we are just scratching the surface. The more you can embed AI, the more value you will be able to extract from the technology.
While some processes can be automatized by AI, those are often the less inspiring ones that are actually causing high burnout rates among the medical staff. AI will leave the doctors with more time to perform the work they care about, taking care of their patients, using their brains that can be enriched by the information condensed by the AI.
In a way, you can compare AI with a smartphone; you may have all the knowledge of the world at the tip of your finger, it doesn't make you smarter. It is a tool, and you can use it to improve your knowledge. AI is not different; it enriches your senses."