2023 Public health stories #14

Curated public health stories for this week from my reading shelf for Week 14 of 2023.


As we commemorated #worldhealthday and celebrated #publichealthweek, WHO released a timeline of its history and key public health milestones.

A must-read for any public health enthusiast. Read from here. It’s incredible how far we have come. But still a long way from achieving what the definition of health posits.


In this episode of NEJM’s “Intention to Treat,” hosts and the experts discuss promise and hazards of artificial-intelligence and machine-learning tools in medicine.

Listen to the podcast episode or read the transcript from here.

“I don’t think at this time that AI should be used instead of the human intuition, the human contact, the human common sense that doctors bring to bear in their patient interactions. And I think by using AI widgets for its strengths and our human strengths as doctors, that we’ll probably have the best outcome. The worst outcomes will be doctors who don’t use AI and AI that doesn’t use doctors.”

-Dr. Isaac Kohane. Chair,Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School and coeditor of the “AI in Medicine” series in NEJM


Deloitte’s white paper on “The future of the public’s health” is an insightful read about how to reimagine our current health ecosystem. Access it from here.

Disclaimer: Posts and opinions are my own and do not reflect the views of my employer.

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