Artificial Intelligence Leadership Challenges in Healthcare

Artificial Intelligence Leadership Challenges in Healthcare

Scaling a business or organization takes many skills. Probably the most critical is building and leading diverse and inclusive high performance teaGms. Sick care is no exception, where medical care teams are increasingly being urged to work with patients and their support teams as part of engagement and patient centered care models.

As Thomas Friedman points out, scaling a country is even harder. You see, the digital divide is wider than we think.

Leading these teams is even more complicated in the 4th industrial revolution. As robots, 5G, AI and connected cyberintelligence diffuse into medicine and the future of work, the team dynamics change and leadership challenges increase, in some instances facing challenges we have not experienced before.

Some of these challenges are: 1. Being an ethical compass

2. Bringing context

3. Providing governance

4. Handling complexity

5. Preventing bias

6. Managing change

7. Connecting creativity and compassion

What should we do then, to supplement the skills of 21st Century sick care leaderpreneurs as they strive to change sick care to health care?

  1. Teach AI leaderpreneurship in medical schools, residency training programs and health administration programs

  2. Define data literacy competencies and measure them in the workforce and leadership ranks

  3. Resolve the ethics of medicine with the ethics of cyberbusiness

  4. Adopting a mindset that supports using AI to scale humans and high touch instead of replacing it

  5. Practicing strategic thinking instead of just strategic planning

  6. Holding leaders accountable to a moral compass and values

  7. Leading change, not managing it

  8. Leading innovators, not managing innovation

  9. Select leaders with an entrepreneurial mindset

  10. Rethink STEAMie education to teach students how to lead it

The major challenge of the future of work will be how to lead it and avoid the inevitable adverse consequences it will have on society and our standard of living. Cyberchange damage has already been done. It's time to take action to prevent more damage as the seas of disruption rise even further and threaten to destroy islands of complacency. The first casualties will be those with craniorectal inversion syndrome.

Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA is the President and CEO of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs.

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    Comprehensive post

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Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA

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Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA is a professor emeritus of otolaryngology, dentistry, and engineering at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Colorado School of Public Health and President and CEO of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs at He has created several medical device and digital health companies. His primary research centers around biomedical and health innovation and entrepreneurship and life science technology commercialization. He consults for and speaks to companies, governments, colleges and universities around the world who need his expertise and contacts in the areas of bio entrepreneurship, bioscience, healthcare, healthcare IT, medical tourism -- nationally and internationally, new product development, product design, and financing new ventures. He is a former Harvard-Macy fellow and In 2010, he completed a Fulbright at Kings Business, the commercialization office of technology transfer at Kings College in London. He recently published "Building the Case for Biotechnology." "Optical Detection of Cancer", and " The Life Science Innovation Roadmap". He is also an associate editor of the Journal of Commercial Biotechnology and Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship and Editor-in-Chief of Medscape. In addition, He is a faculty member at the University of Colorado Denver Graduate School where he teaches Biomedical Entrepreneurship and is an iCorps participant, trainer and industry mentor. He is the Chief Medical Officer at and and Chairman of the Board at GlobalMindED at, a non-profit at risk student success network. He is honored to be named by Modern Healthcare as one of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives of 2011 and nominated in 2012 and Best Doctors 2013.

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