Digital Health Frontier Blog

By John Halamka and Paul Cerrato — Modern healthcare could not survive without experts and their years of experience and training, but when expertise becomes dogmatic, innovation is slowed. We need to be more inclusive in our definition of expertise.

By John Halamka • June 9, 2023

By John Halamka and Paul Cerrato — Mayo Clinic Platform_Connect is transforming how patient data is used to generate innovative diagnostic tools and treatment options.

By John Halamka • May 23, 2023

By John Halamka and Paul Cerrato — What happens when ChatGPT-4 and a human cardiologist are asked to diagnose the same patient? The results are quite revealing.

By John Halamka • May 10, 2023

By John Halamka and Paul Cerrato — Several thought leaders and stakeholders have joined forces to create, a searchable database that has the potential to reduce the human suffering affecting millions of Americans.

By John Halamka • May 4, 2023

By John Halamka and Paul Cerrato — The agency recently posted new recommendations for AI developers who want to update their software as a medical device (SAMD). The document offers what we hope will be a less burdensome way to manage the Predetermined Change Control Plan.

By John Halamka • April 19, 2023

Guest post by Sonya Makhni — Understanding their limitations, defining the best use cases, and closing the gaps in transparency and trustworthiness are the keys to responsible LLM adoption.

By Sonya Makhni • April 12, 2023

By John Halamka and Paul Cerrato — Developing and implementing AI-driven algorithms in health care has proven far more complicated than we first imagined. The new Coalition for Health AI (CHAI) guidelines provide the much-needed blueprint.

By John Halamka • April 6, 2023

By John Halamka and Paul Cerrato — Shared decision-making doesn't mean encouraging patients to take the path of least resistance. Prescribing lifestyle changes may not put a smile on their faces, but the long-term benefits often outweigh the risks of lifelong dependence on prescription medication.

By John Halamka • March 29, 2023

By John Halamka and Paul Cerrato — New digital tools are a two-edged sword that come with a unique set of benefits and risks. We need a regulatory framework to manage them responsibly.

By John Halamka • March 20, 2023

By John Halamka and Paul Cerrato — With over 10,000 mental health apps available, it’s difficult to know which ones will actually have a therapeutic impact. Fortunately, enough high-quality evidence is available to help clinicians and patients make an informed choice.

By John Halamka • March 2, 2023