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Author Highlight: Dr. Parag Mahajan Discusses his Book ‘Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare’ and Stories from his Life

We are back with another author interview. Today, with us, we have Dr. Parag Mahajan – the author of ‘Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare’. In this interview, Parag talks about his writing aspirations, and the route to getting his books published, and technology in the healthcare field. Stay on...while we chat with him.

What inspired you to write this book? Any tales to tell…

Since my childhood I am interested in technology. Although being a medical doctor (a practicing radiologist), physics was and still is one of my most favorite subjects. Since 1990s, I am into computers and internet. I developed interest in artificial intelligence almost three years ago (in 2016). 

When I read a lot of books and articles about AI, I was convinced that it is going to bring a revolution in our lives. Huge number of problem-solving and business opportunities available in the field of AI in medicine were tempting to an entrepreneur like me. At that time, there was not a single book having all the practical information about AI in healthcare. I strongly felt the need for such a book and immediately started writing one. In the process, I learned many new things and better understood the basics. First edition of the book was published in 2018 and the second edition in 2019. Every year, a new edition of the book will be published to incorporate latest developments in this rapidly evolving field of AI in healthcare.

What message would you like to convey through this book?

‘Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare’ is a comprehensive book containing all the practical information on the subject in one place. I have explained the basics of AI using diagrams, detailed role of AI in medicine giving practical examples, and mentioned latest developments in the field by medical specialties, major corporations and the startups. Future applications of AI in healthcare are also discussed at length. It is a useful book (more like a textbook) for anyone interested in the field of AI in healthcare.

What else drives you other than writing non-fiction?

I am tech-savvy and an entrepreneur at heart, since I was young. What drives me other than writing is - developing new things or ideas or computer programs and working on the computer/internet for long hours in search of these, reading technology related books, and watching science fiction movies.

How did you find your writing chord, or were you a born writer?

I am a born writer having passion for writing since childhood. During my school days, I used to love writing essays having won a few awards in essay writing competitions.

How do you handle the response of this book, especially from your friends and relatives?

All of my friends and relatives congratulated me on writing this book. I was overwhelmed by the huge response. Few of the friends and relatives asked me to change and improve the style of writing at some places and I obliged by making the changes immediately.

What are some of your favorite topics and authors?

Some of my favorite topics are: Blockchain in Medicine, Colonization of Mars, Interplanetary Travel, Elon Musk, Asteroid Mining, Agriculture on other Planets etc. Some of my favorite authors are: Bill Gates, Dale Carnegie, and Yuval Noah Harari.

What was your biggest learning experience throughout the publishing process?

Writing a book significantly improves one’s understanding of the subject and one tends to learn many new things about the subject.

Looking back, what did you do right that helped you break in as a writer?

Without waiting for anyone to write a book on the subject of ‘Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare’, I immediately started writing one when there were no books available on the subject. I always complete the projects that I undertake. I finished writing the book in late 2017 and published it in 2018.

Any best piece of writing advice from your side that we haven’t discussed?

I prefer to write only on the topics or subjects I am passionate about. Even out of those topics, I select the ones which I personally feel a strong need to know more about.

Something personal about you people may be surprised to know?

I was extremely thin and underweight when I was very young (till 10-years ago!). I used to try many things to increase my weight. Now, the situation is exactly opposite and I am trying to reduce weight!

Any future books that you would like to discuss now?

I am in the process of writing following books:
  • Blockchain Technology in Healthcare
  • Million Muskmelons (on how to be like Elon Musk)
  • Anti-aging strategies
  • The Ultimate Guide to Rapid Reporting for FRCR 2B
  • Clinical Imaging for Pain Physicians

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