VisionTECH: Autonomous AI Podcast with Dr. Michael Abramoff

Today, the FDA issued the first-ever approval for an autonomous artificial intelligence algorithm that can independently diagnose a disease without a doctor. It’s called IDx-DR and as you might have guessed it was created to diagnose diabetic retinopathy. IDx is the artificial intelligence diagnostics company who developed the algorithm and worked with the FDA to secure clearance after completing an FDA clinical trial involving 900 individuals.

IDx-DR was previously granted “Breakthrough Device” designation by the FDA which means that the application for its clearance was given an expedited review by the agency. In this episode of VisionTECH we are joined by the president and founder of IDx, Dr. Michael Abramoff to discuss the application and implications of autonomous artificial intelligence algorithms in eye care.

Dr. Michael Abramoff, MD, PhD

Dr. Abramoff is a fellowship‐trained medical retina specialist who also holds a PhD in computer image analysis. He has been a pioneer in the field of computer-assisted diagnostics for over 20 years and has published extensively on the applications of artificial intelligence techniques to the diagnosis of eye disease.

Dr. Abramoff currently serves as professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, with joint appointments at Biomedical Engineering as well as Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Abramoff has authored over 300 peer-reviewed publications on machine learning, neural networks, retinal image analysis, diabetic retinopathy, and other retinal disease which have been cited over 18,000 times in total.

Dr. Abramoff can be reached at: for questions regarding AI applications. for clinical questions.

To follow Dr. Abramoff’s current projects visit: to learn about the work being done by IDx. to learn about Dr. Abramoff’s research.


Dr. Abramoff: IDx Inc. (Founder, President, Consultant)

Fayiz Mahgoub: None 

Dr. Fayiz Mahgoub
Fayiz is an optometrist with a passion for leadership and service. He currently serves on the National Optometric Association's Strategic Planning Committee as well as The Optical Foundation's Advisory Committee. He enjoys sharing his thoughts on a variety of eye care topics as a contributing writer for Optometric Management Magazine,, and Fayiz is an absolute technophile which is why he teamed up with Defocus Media to combine his love for eye care and technology through his podcast, VisionTECH with Fayiz Mahgoub.

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