The meeting between technologies and science is a new frontier of care

di Beatrice Passarelli

“Artificial Intelligence and psychological sciences in the construction of health: organizational models and care paths” is the title of the highly topical conference hosted last October 21st byUniversità Campus Bio-Medico di Roma and promoted by the Campus Bio-Medico University Polyclinic Foundation, the Agostino Gemelli IRCCS University Polyclinic Foundation, Gemelli Isola and the Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital.

The event was attended by authoritative figures including the president of the National Council of the Order of Psychologists, David Lazzari.
A multi-voiced dialogue to question the challenges and obstacles posed by Artificial Intelligence (AI), which today finds application in various sectors of medicine including predictive diagnostics, rehabilitation, robotic surgery, data management and telemedicine .

Introducing digital technologies in healthcare contexts offers numerous advantages but raises questions of an ethical, philosophical, legal and political nature which the professionals of the four hospital entities involved in the event reflected on.

“The complex period of the pandemic has forced hospital facilities to adapt their organizational models to provide concrete responses to the health emergency, which has allowed the development of new sectorsing and new ways of working – explained Dr. ssa Livia Quintiliani, psychotherapist responsible for the Clinical Psychology Service of the Campus Bio-Medico University Polyclinic Foundation - In particular, we asked ourselves what the contribution of psychology could be in the construction of health, using technologies without moving away from the relational dimension, which is fundamental in our work.
An example is online psychotherapeutic services, used to break down distances and continue to promote the well-being of the individual".

Artificial Intelligence is a technological tool and as such needs to be integrated into traditional clinical-care pathways and governed by expert healthcare figures.

We cannot overlook the psychological impact that digitalisation has on patients and operators in terms of accessibility, sustainability and appropriateness of treatment paths.

Hence the need to redesign the healthcare model arises, providing that the medical, psychological, ethical and ingengineering skills interact with each other in a vision of humanization of care and centrality of the patient.