Introduction & Initial Interviews


Future of Healthcare and Artificial Intelligence (AI):

Practical Insights and Diverse Perspectives on AI in Healthcare Project Management



By Dr. Deepa Bhide, MBBS, DCH, PMP

Hyderabad, India


AI is a tool. The choice about how it gets deployed is ours” – Oren Etzioni (CEO of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2)).

The transformative potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in healthcare extends far beyond the boardroom into the hands of healthcare workers and patients themselves. How and when will we see the impact of AI on healthcare’s ground forces, such as the patients and healthcare workers on the frontlines of care? Let’s hear from the experts in this field. This interview series on PMWorld Journal through 2024 explores perspectives from global experts, delving into the practical impact of AI on those at the heart of healthcare delivery.

Transcending mere theory and diving into the practicalities of harnessing AI’s potential, the series delves into strategies and best practices for implementing AI solutions across diverse healthcare project management scenarios. This is important to bridge the gap between theoretical/ideal principles and tangible results for patients and healthcare workers. Each interview (via questions and conversations with experts in the related healthcare and non-healthcare fields) by an expert in a key role in the healthcare AI landscape offers a window into approaches, challenges, and successes in applying AI to healthcare projects. The series will cover expert views on AI in early detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention, but most importantly, AI for community and primary healthcare – a place where it’s most needed to be impactful for the community and country. Needless to say, to be successful, implementing AI solutions for any healthcare setting requires meticulous project management methodologies. AI project management in healthcare, currently in its nascent stages, will need to encompass various aspects such as technical skills, ways of working, business acumen, cultural and political considerations, ethical use, and more.

A few broad goals for this interview series are as follows.

  • Understand the views of experts who play key roles in the healthcare AI landscape, for example, patients, healthcare providers, project managers, AI application vendors, medical devices and pharmaceuticals, regulatory agencies, and more.
  • Explore the direct impact (or lack thereof) of AI solutions at a basic level of healthcare – for example, everyday clinic, hospital, community, or primary care setup.
  • Identify enablers and impediments involved while implementing AI.
  • Share insights on project management approaches in this emerging domain, including key challenges and best practices.

We encourage readers to engage with the series as stakeholders who will directly experience the transformation AI brings to healthcare.

Let’s dive into the first interviews of the series.


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Editor’s note: This series is by Dr. Deepa Bhide, a practicing pediatrician with additional experience in information technology and project management. Her 2023 series of articles introduced readers to a range of important issues related to programs, projects and PM in healthcare.  In this new series, Dr. Bhide will interview experienced healthcare, IT and project professionals around the world to reflect on the impact of artificial intelligence on global healthcare. Learn more about Dr. Bhide in her author profile at the end of this article. To read previous works by Dr. Bhide, visit https://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/dr-deepa-bhide/

How to cite this paper: Bhide, D. (2024). Introduction & Initial Interviews, Future of Healthcare and Artificial Intelligence (AI): Practical Insights and Diverse Perspectives on AI in Healthcare Project Management, series article, PM World Journal, Vol. XIII, Issue I, January. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/pmwj137-Jan2024-Bhide-introduction-and-initial-interviews-healthcare-and-AI-series-1.pdf

About the Author

Dr. Deepa Bhide

Hyderabad, India


Dr. Deepa Bhide, MBBS, DCH, PMP, has over 20 years of professional experience where she has blended medical practice and research with IT and Project Management. She juggles consulting, training, and operations and is proficient in clinical medicine, project management, and healthcare information technology. Starting her career as a medical practitioner, she has worked with varied organizations before her current stint as director and clinical expert for Inventurus Knowledge Solutions.

Deepa’s growing interest and work in these areas, born from her day-to-day patient interactions, helped her view Project Management as a backbone of progressive healthcare. Her paper on “Patient Care – A Project Management Perspective” has received global recognition and acclaim. With a physician background as a solid foundation to leverage IT/PM skills and knowledge, Deepa has blended her broad-based experience and learnings to present a unified, holistic, and wholesome view of Project Management and Healthcare, a cross-domain confluence. Through various webinars, events, talks, and writings across platforms, Deepa has been an evangelist in championing global project management during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Gold medalist from Osmania University for standing First in the MBBS course, she pursued her DCH in Pediatrics and Child health. Deepa has served various roles in local and global Project Management Institute (PMI) regions. She remains actively engaged with PMI and has been a participant and speaker for various national and global meetings and online events.

Deepa lives in Hyderabad, India, and loves traveling, singing, and experimenting with global cuisine. She can be contacted at deepa.bhide@gmail.com.

To view other works by Dr. Bhide, visit her author showcase in the PM World Library at https://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/dr-deepa-bhide/