Sarah Henrickson Parker joined Virginia Tech’s “Curious Conversations” to chat about how artificial intelligence and machine learning are currently being used in some health care spaces and how they could be used in the future.

About Parker

Parker is chair of health systems and implementation science at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and associate professor at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC.

Three takeaways from the conversation

  • As technology advances, it is increasingly viewed as a teammate working alongside health care workers, but technology is advancing at a faster pace than it can implemented appropriately and quickly.
  • The current electronic medical record is not designed to match the workflow of clinicians, but rather to optimize billing. This results in a time-consuming note-taking process, which often has clinicians catching up on charts after hours.
  • Challenges related to creating a successful integration of the latest technology in health care range from cybersecurity and operating system compatibility to employee training and shifting job duties.

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About the podcast

"Curious Conversations" is a series of free-flowing conversations with Virginia Tech researchers that take place at the intersection of world-class research and everyday life. Produced and hosted by Virginia Tech writer and editor Travis Williams, university researchers share their expertise and motivations as well as the practical applications of their work in a format that more closely resembles chats at a cookout than classroom lectures. New episodes are shared each Tuesday.


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