Clinical Decision Support Systems – CDSS 4

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  • From machine learning models to clinical decision support systems
    • Adopting a machine learning model in a Clinical Decision Support System (CDSS) requires several steps that involve external validation, bias assessment and calibration, 'fairness' assessment, clinical usefulness, ability to explain the model's decision and privacy-aware machine learning models. In this module, we are going to discuss these concepts and provide several examples from state-of-the-art research in the area. External validation and bias assessment have become the norm in clinical prediction models. Further work is required to assess and adopt deep learning models under these conditions. On the other hand, research in 'fairness', human-centred CDSS and privacy concerns of machine learning models are areas of active research. The first week is going to cover the ground around the difference between reproducibility and generalisability. Furthermore, calibration assessment in clinical prediction models will be explored while how different deep learning architectures affect calibration will be discussed.
  • 'Fairness' in Machine Learning Models
    • Naively, machine learning can be thought as a way to come to decisions that are free from prejudice and social biases. However, recent evidence show how machine learning models learn from biases in historic data and reproduce unfair decisions in similar ways. Detecting biases against subgroups in machine learning models is challenging also due to the fact that these models have not been designed or trained to discriminate deliberately. Defining 'fairness' metrics and investigating ways in ensuring that minority groups are not disadvantaged from machine learning models' decisions is an active research area.
  • Decision Curve Analysis and Human-Centered CDSS
    • Decision curve analysis is used to assess clinical usefulness of a prediction model by estimating the net benefit with is a trade-off of the precision and accuracy of the model. Based on this approach the strategy of ‘intervention for all’ and ‘intervention for none’ is compared to the model’s net benefit. Decision curve analysis is a human-centred approach of assessing clinical usefulness, since it requires experts’ opinion. Ethical Artificial Intelligence initiative indicate that a human-centred approach in clinical decision support systems is required to enable accountability, safety and oversight while the ensure ‘fairness’ and transparency.
  • Privacy Concerns in CDSS
    • Deep learning models have remarkable ability to memorise data even when they do not overfit. In other words, the models themselves can expose information about the patients that compromise their privacy. This can results in unintentional data leakage in inference and also provide opportunities for malicious attacks. We will overview common privacy attacks and defences against them. Finally, we will discuss adversarial attacks against deep learning explanations.

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