Artificial Intelligence: organised chaos or chaos ordered?

Artificial Intelligence: organised chaos or chaos ordered?

I recently attended the 7th DIA India Pharmacovigilance (PV) Conference in Mumbai. One of the sessions was dedicated to the Impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Predictive Sciences in the world of PV. The session was moderated by Moin Don and Anju Agarwal; the panel comprised Mengesh Kulkarni, Saikat Biswas, Retesh Kumar and Saurahb Khurana.

The interaction between the panel of guest speakers and the open floor reminded me of the Mumbai traffic: it was frenetic, loud, comprised of many different thought vehicles and yet despite all this – it traveled in the same direction without any head-on collisions! Continue reading “Artificial Intelligence: organised chaos or chaos ordered?”

Using state-of-the-art technology to combat challenges unique to 21st century culture

Using state-of-the-art technology to combat challenges unique to 21st century culture

Since I now have a piqued interest in the application of artificial intelligence in pharmacovigilance, I was interested to read the findings from a study using machine learning to identify ICSRs in social media.  Until now, my impression of ADRs reported in the social media was that identifying valid ICSRs was more than challenging due to their diversity, complexity, colloquialisms and anonymity. Also, it seems the regulatory authorities acknowledge these challenges as it is not yet a regulatory requirement to monitor social media as a source for ICSRs. But is this looking set to change if machine learning and automation become the norm? Continue reading “Using state-of-the-art technology to combat challenges unique to 21st century culture”

Why rise of the machines will be beneficial in the pharmacovigilance world

Why rise of the machines will be beneficial in the pharmacovigilance world

Automation, machine learning, artificial intelligence, robots – hearing such terms mentioned in the workplace can strike fear in the everyday employee, that soon the human workforce will be replaced entirely by a ‘digital workforce’. And of course many sci-fi movies only play on this hype. Whilst in certain industries or for specific job roles there may be more than an element of truth to this, in the pharmacovigilance world, using machines to supplement human input is not only a necessity but also a blessing. Or so I learnt at the International Society of Pharmacovigilance (ISOP) Seminar on Intelligent Automation in Pharmacovigilance, held in Boston in December 2017. Continue reading “Why rise of the machines will be beneficial in the pharmacovigilance world”

1998 Shirov: Bishop to h3! Dubbed an all-time strategic chess move… How do future pharmacovigilance strategies compare?

1998 Shirov: Bishop to h3! Dubbed an all-time strategic chess move… How do future pharmacovigilance strategies compare?

Report: Pharmacovigilance Strategy Meeting, Boston, MA, USA November 2017

In less time than it took for me to travel to the meeting from New Zealand – the day was over! Hard to believe that within a short eight hours, 25 lively roundtables were conducted, two keynote speeches were delivered, and the panel discussed the learning of the day, including challenges of monitoring diverse sources, importance of real-world evidence in the context of risk benefit, and the game-changing impact of artificial intelligence. Continue reading “1998 Shirov: Bishop to h3! Dubbed an all-time strategic chess move… How do future pharmacovigilance strategies compare?”