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Unlearning by Undoing: The Paradox of Human-AI Interaction in Medicine

Friday, January 21 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Stephen F. & Camilla T. Brauer Hall, Brauer 12
6548 Forest Park Pkwy, St. Louis, MO 63112, USA

Dr. Thomas Kannampallil
Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology
Faculty, Institute for Informatics
Washington University School of Medicine

In this talk, I will provide an overview my research on projects focusing on the use of AI and ML approaches for physician burnout, postoperative outcomes, surgical case duration, and surgical transfusion risk. I will also discuss the challenges of translating viable prediction models to the clinical point-of-care using EHR-based data pipelines, and the balance between model complexity and implementation considerations. Finally, I will present a framework for human-AI interaction in clinical contexts drawing from theories of clinical reasoning, decision making and human-computer interaction.

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McKelvey School of Engineering


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Computer Science & Engineering
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Speaker Information

Dr. Kannampallil is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, a faculty affiliate at the Institute for Informatics, and at the Roy and Diana Vagelos Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences (DBBS) at the Washington University School of Medicine. He is also the Associate Chief Research Information Officer for the School of Medicine.

Dr. Kannampallil’s research lies at the intersection of computer science, cognitive science, and clinical informatics, with a specific focus on developing and evaluating intelligent computational tools for mitigating clinician cognitive load, enhancing clinical decision making at the point-of-care, and improving patient safety. His research has received funding from federal agencies, including the National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Mental Health, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the National Institute of Aging. Findings from these research projects have been published in over 75 peer-reviewed journal articles in leading informatics, patient safety, and clinical journals. He received his PhD from the University of Illinois.

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