Intelligent outcomes
Dr. Barry Rubin
Dr. Barry Rubin wants to build the top healthcare AI team in the world.

Improving patient care is the main focus of the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre’s artificialintelligence team.

 If you find yourself at the Peter Munk CardiacCentre over the next few years, don’t be surprised when you’re treated by a physician and their artificially intelligent tech. Soon, clinicians will be armed with devices that can tap into billions of pieces of information and provide care recommendations, in real time, that are highly specific to your situation. Artificial intelligence (AI) – computing systems that can process endless amounts of information to come up with answers to questions humans could never solve on their own – will help physicians provide even better care than they do now.

Dr. Barry Rubin, Medical Director and Chair of the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, recognized long ago that for the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre to remain an innovation powerhouse, it needed to create an in-house AI team dedicated to advancing cardiovascular care – and it’s one of the few medical institutions in the world that’s taken this step. We spoke with Dr. Rubin and the AI team – Dr. Chris McIntosh, scientist at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre and UHN’s Techna Institute, and Dr. Bo Wang, lead of the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre’s AI program – about how this technology could transform patient care.

How will AI be a partner in patient care?

Dr. Rubin: AI algorithms won't replace the judgment of physicians and nurses, but they will help them make better decisions by giving them more access to information and by knowing how to interpret that data. The challenge is to roll out the use of AI in a safe way, which is another reason we have the computer scientists and physicians working together in-house.

Dr. McIntosh: A clinician could have an app on their phone with AI that's making suggestions as to what kind of care to provide – they can interact with it, just like they do with their colleagues.