Experts have long debated the meaning of the word “smart.”
In some cases, they argue it could refer to an advanced technological device or even an automated system that makes a diagnosis based on a specific image.
But in other cases, experts say, it could be used to refer to a sophisticated software program that helps diagnose health problems and provide information on how to improve treatment.
A doctor’s assistant at the University of Illinois, Robert Zuckerman, says the term has the same meaning today as when it was coined by neuroscientist John von Neumann.
He first used the term in a 1927 paper, but the term was reserved for a computer-generated image of an advanced biological process.
Zuckerman believes the term is outdated and is still used in a confusing way.
“I don’t know why the term smart medical object was originally used.
What was the purpose?
It’s no longer used,” Zuckermans son said.
For example, a smart medical instrument might help a doctor diagnose a heart condition by scanning the patient’s heart, Zuckeman said.
But the medical instrument doesn’t need to be the one to do the scanning.
He said the term may also have come from the word for a machine, and the medical object might be used in the same way.
“So in this context, you could think of it as a medical object, which has the capability of being an advanced device,” he said.
Doctors at the Institute of Medicine, a non-profit research organization, have also debated the word’s meaning.
In a recent paper, the group argued that the word is obsolete because it’s used in such a broad sense.
They wrote: “The use of the term ‘smart medical object’ in medical literature does not necessarily refer to medical equipment, but to computer programs that process medical data in order to diagnose or treat a specific disease or condition.”
Zuckermann also argues that the term should be reserved for computers.
That’s because he thinks it’s a misnomer to refer only to machines.
The term is also used to describe the software that enables computers to process medical images, but Zuckemer believes the same is true of computers.
“In the medical field, it’s the software, not the device, that makes the difference,” he told ABC News.
But a doctor’s colleague at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Mark R. Kohn, says he prefers to call the technology that allows a computer to make a diagnosis, and he says the word can refer to the human brain.
Kohn says the software can process images in the brain, and it’s also a term used to mean something similar to a smart object.
Dr. Kanozis research is focused on the development of brain-computer interfaces that could be able to give doctors more precise information about patients.
He believes a smart medicine object would allow doctors to perform more advanced diagnostic tests.