Smarter health: Artificial intelligence and the future of American health care


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The US spends extra on well being care than another nation on the earth.

However Individuals aren’t as wholesome as individuals residing in different developed international locations.

Might synthetic intelligence change all that?

WBUR’s On Level brings you Smarter well being, a four-part sequence exploring how synthetic intelligence and machine studying might revolutionize the well being care business.

We’ll examine the know-how already out there, or in growth, for medical settings, look at the moral dilemmas the know-how presents in drugs and perceive the guiderails and laws in progress to advise AI developments.

We’ll additionally hear from the individuals concerned in AI in well being care; scientists creating instruments, clinicians and medical doctors utilizing the instruments, and sufferers experiencing altering know-how as a part of their care.

Episode breakdown

Episode 1. How AI is remodeling well being care: Synthetic intelligence gives the potential to enhance well being care — from predicting somebody’s danger of getting a coronary heart assault, to predicting seizure hundreds for epilepsy sufferers, to fixing public well being issues. What’s the potential for AI to remodel American well being care?

Episode 2. Ethics of the dying predictor: We’ll break down the moral issues of AI in well being care. What are the privateness issues about information assortment, and the way can researchers and builders advance instruments whereas defending sufferers?

Episode 3. Regulating the algorithm: As AI develops within the well being care house,
laws have to develop in tandem. We’ll speak to the top of the FDA’s
digital well being division, Dr. Matthew Diamond, about what function the FDA will play as AI expands. We’ll additionally speak to consultants about guardrails wanted to make sure affected person security and privateness.

Episode 4. The individuals of AI: Our ultimate episode will get up shut with the individuals working and creating AI know-how, and the sufferers receiving AI care. How can this know-how thrive in our advanced and damaged well being care system?

Learn how to hear


  • Every Friday, beginning Could twenty seventh, take heed to an installment of Smarter well being in your native NPR station throughout On Level.
  • We additionally air dwell by means of our web site at 10 a.m. ET right here.
  • Discover extra methods to take heed to On Level right here.


  • On Friday afternoons, you’ll discover the sequence in On Level’s podcast feed, or wherever you take heed to podcasts.

We need to hear from you

Received a query about how AI will influence the way you obtain well being care? Or possibly you are a scientist, physician or affected person with an AI story to share? Go away us a voicemail at 617-353-0683.  

Concerning the host

Meghna Chakrabarti is the award-winning host and editor of On Level. Primarily based in Boston, she is on the air Monday by means of Friday.

Meghna Chakrabarti serves as host and editor of On Point. (Liz Linder / WBUR)
Meghna Chakrabarti serves as host and editor of On Level. (Liz Linder / WBUR)

The Alliance for Girls in Media honored On Level’s episode “A Look Again at 1992 Los Angeles And America Since Rodney King” with a 2022 nationwide Gracie Award for Greatest Information Documentary. The Alliance for Girls in Media additionally gave Meghna an honorable point out for finest nationally syndicated non-commercial correspondent/host.

On Level’s episode on Los Angeles since Rodney King additionally received a 2022 regional Edward R. Murrow award for finest information documentary. In 2021, On Level received a Nationwide Edward R. Murrow award for finest information documentary for “What the President Knew.” The present examined presidential decision-making earlier than 9/11 and the COVID pandemic.

Chakrabarti is the previous host of Radio Boston, WBUR’s acclaimed weekday native present. She’s the previous host of Trendy Love: The Podcast, a collaboration of WBUR and The New York Occasions (2016-2020) and was the first fill-in host for Right here & Now, NPR and WBUR’s noon present. She reported on New England transportation and power points for WBUR’s information division.

This sequence is supported partly by Vertex, The Science of Risk.


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