Minnie Teng is among the 2021 awardees of a 2021 Compassion and Artificial Intelligence Grant from AMS Healthcare.
Nine remarkable individuals, and their multidisciplinary teams, were selected by an external expert review panel. Their work will help transform healthcare by ensuring that technologies are enabling of healthcare’s compassionate purpose.
Teng, a second-year medical student at UBC who is also a clinical instructor with the department of occupational science and occupational therapy, received the grant for her project entitled, “Optimizing interactions between humans and artificial intelligence when administering remote cognitive assessments.”
Her team is collaborating with people with disabilities to pilot remote assessments to evaluate how the design of human-computer-environment interactions can be optimized for compassionate care.
“Along with Dr. Thalia Field and Dr. Tal Jarus, we are thrilled to receive this award that will allow us to explore how software, hardware, environment, and people interact and impact healthcare in virtual settings,” Teng said. “The study will contribute significantly to the scarce literature on how design of the environment and tasks can influence perception and delivery of compassionate care.”
This innovative grant program will support research and knowledge translation. It has been designed to promote collaboration across disciplines and professions, and to engage the healthcare community in the exploration and evaluation of topics related to compassion and technology.
“We look forward to seeing the impact these projects will have on this important field of research,” said AMS CEO Gail Paech in a release. “I am sure that we will see many of these innovators go on to become AMS Fellows in Compassion and AI and truly revolutionize the face of healthcare.”
A version of this story originally appeared on the AMS Healthcare website.