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Insight Exchange Network to Host AI in Healthcare Summit in Boston


“I think our conference is unique in that we’re focused on more practical applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning."

On January 18th and 19th, medical experts, data scientists, and investors will meet in Boston for the second AI in Healthcare Summit. The first event was held in San Francisco in June.

Meg Freitag is a content director for Insight Exchange Network, which is hosting the event. She spoke to Healthcare Analytics News™ about what to watch for next week.

She highlighted a few of the returning speakers from the inaugural event, including Anthony Chang, MD. He’s the Chief Intelligence and Innovation Officer at Orange County Children’s Hospital. Both a physician and data scientist, Freitag said his well-received speech at the San Francisco meeting led to a turn as the keynote speaker at this meeting.

The summit will also hold an Investor Perspectives panel, moderated by Reid Contant, MD, the Chief Medical Information Officer at Nuance Communications. The panel will feature insight from investors for GE Ventures, Nest.Bio Ventures, and NewYork-Presbyterian’s investment arm. Their perspective, Freitag said, is valuable: “Investors really have their finger on the pulse of what’s up and coming and what has staying power.”

The summit will also give physicians and researchers from around the country the opportunity to present use cases—“ways they have actually used this technology to improve clinical practice and better their patient outcomes,” according to Freitag. More than a half-dozen of such speeches are on the schedule, including a presentation on CRISPR from the University of Pennsylvania’s Stephen Hunt, MD, PhD, and a session about data sharing from 2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers.

Other sessions will cover the ways that AI and machine learning interact with evolving concepts in the future of healthcare, like value-based care, genomics, data privacy, and precision medicine.

Freitag says the conference is built to give attendees actionable, on-the-ground ways that they can incorporate AI and machine learning into their clinical practice to improve patient outcomes.

“There’s no shortage of events on AI in healthcare out there,” she said. “Our conference is unique in that we’re focused more on practical applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning for use in hospitals and health systems. We’re interested in how AI currently impacts clinical practice and the patient experience at the point of care and beyond, and want our attendees to come away with new ideas, strategies, and solutions that they can begin implementing right away.”

The full lineup for the meeting is available online through Insight Exchange Network’s website. The event is planned as a biannual meeting that will shift back to San Francisco on June 11th and 12th of this year before returning to the East Coast in the winter of 2019. Be sure to follow Healthcare Analytics News next week for full coverage of the summit.

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