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Francesco Oggionni talked about generative AI in telemedicine during the 23rd Infopoverty World Conference

Sophisticated algorithms within telemedicine play a crucial role in enhancing diagnosis and tailoring care to individual needs, thereby streamlining the attention of healthcare providers.

These advanced systems enable healthcare professionals to analyze vast amounts of patient data swiftly and accurately, leading to more precise and timely diagnoses. By integrating machine learning and artificial intelligence, telemedicine can identify patterns and predict potential health issues before they become critical, allowing for early intervention and more effective management of chronic conditions.

Furthermore, these algorithms facilitate the development of personalized treatment plans, ensuring that each patient receives care tailored specifically to their unique medical history and current health status.

As highlighted by FRANCESCO OGGIONNI ITS, Advisory Board Member at non-profit Data & Digital Health Innovation, this personalized approach not only improves patient outcomes but also optimizes healthcare resources, reducing unnecessary tests and procedures and enhancing the overall efficiency of healthcare delivery.


“Twenty years ago, when we began experimenting with telemedicine, the primary barriers were the cost and speed of communication technologies. I would like to thank Professor Claudio Azzolini for giving me the opportunity to speak at this conference, with whom I started this journey.
Now, with approximately 5.5 billion people worldwide connected to the Internet, we’re making progress, but there’s still a significant portion—around 4 billion people—left to reach. The United Nations aims to have everyone connected by 2030, which is a pivotal goal. Today, technology has become a commodity; it’s more about organization. Organizing not just the projects we aim to support, but also the technological aspects is essential. The commoditization of technology has introduced many competitors, offering various options. These technologies can be adopted in a modular fashion for telemedicine projects that we wish to implement, enhancing interoperability. Connectivity is paramount. It transcends geographical boundaries and the developmental stage of a country. What matters is whether there’s connectivity, which then enables access to technological advancements. Cloud storage and computing offer full scalability and seemingly unlimited resources. Software for video conferencing, which has become particularly crucial during and post-pandemic, can now be embedded in platforms with astonishing capabilities. Real-time translation aids doctor-patient and inter-doctor communication across languages. We’re witnessing the integration of mobile health applications, wearables, secure messaging platforms, AI, the Internet of Things, and 5G/6G mobile connectivity. These integrations should be modular and platform-agnostic, focusing on the necessary technological capabilities that facilitate patient-doctor interactions. Moreover, generative AI is now playing a role, creating content and suggestions personalized for each patient through large language models. This modular integration can automate administrative tasks, enhancing efficiency. Technology should alleviate bureaucratic burdens, not add to them, requiring collaboration between tech experts and physicians. Without this synergy, technology may introduce complexity instead of improvement. It should support personalized medical content, automate administrative tasks, increase patient engagement, and provide clinical documentation and diagnostic support. This augmentation enhances telemedicine’s ability to deliver personalized care, allowing healthcare professionals (HCPs) to allocate their time and expertise where most needed. In diagnostics, especially image analysis, advanced algorithms can aid in delivering personalized care and ensuring HCPs focus where they are most effective. My perspective is that while technologies are potent enablers, establishing a framework for robust standards, protocols, and cost control is crucial. Although technologies are readily available, large-scale deployment can lead to uncontrolled cost escalation. Hence, cost control frameworks are imperative when adopting these new technologies. An experimental approach is necessary because technology and capabilities will continue to evolve. It’s important to maintain an experimental, continuous improvement approach, allowing the platform to incorporate new capabilities over time. A Spanish poet once said that there is no real path, as it is made by walking. This is the approach telemedicine needs to take for the future.


The FINAL DECLARATION of the 23rd Infopoverty World Conference is now available! The Plan of Action including a list of projects and proposals that emerged from the discussion will be available soon. STAY TUNED!


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