Representing Communication, Compassion, and Competence in the Era of AI

AMA J Ethics. 2019 Nov 1;21(11):E1009-1013. doi: 10.1001/amajethics.2019.1009.


Artificial intelligence (AI) is now integrated into a variety of fields, including medicine. AI applications raise numerous ethical questions, particularly about quality of care and patient-clinician relationships. This article accompanies 2 digital photo-paintings that address these ideas narratively and visually, with special emphasis on communication, compassion, and competence.

MeSH terms

  • Artificial Intelligence / ethics*
  • Communication*
  • Empathy*
  • Humans
  • Physician-Patient Relations*
  • Portraits as Topic*
  • Quality of Health Care*