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Just What the Doctor Ordered: Artificial Intelligence is Redefining Healthcare

August 29, 2018

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and related technologies are changing our daily lives. The healthcare arena underscores the vision for what’s possible – and what’s already underway.

Complementing human contextual understanding, AI empowers healthcare professionals to take data and reassess how it’s compiled, distributed and used. Doing so improves overall patient outcomes. As MIT Technology Review recently highlighted in AI as a Force for Good, examples include next generation radiology tools that give more accurate and detailed accounts on the human body in order to eliminate the need for tissue samples and voice recognition through AI that more efficiently documents patient records.

According to industry watcher CB Insights: “The potential for AI to save and improve lives, reduce medical R&D spend, and improve the quality of healthcare has attracted not just pharma investors, but also big tech companies and smart money VCs.

Investors poured in $3.6B across 481 deals into healthcare AI startups from Q1’13 - Q1’18. Much of this growth can be attributed to new startups entering the space. Over 150 healthcare AI startups have raised their first equity round since January 2016.”

On Wednesday, September 26, the MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) of Cambridge will host thought leaders in the industry to dig into the topic. During an interactive session that will encourage the audience to participate in the discussion, panelists will address key questions such as:

-- How is AI affecting healthcare already? -- What business challenges impede wider adoption? -- How can AI improve early disease detection? -- What legal implications lie ahead with clinical datasets? -- Where is AI’s place in precision medicine?

Set for the MIT Weisner Building in Kendall Square, PatientKeeper Senior Technical Application Analyst Phillip Machnik will serve as moderator. His opening remarks will be followed by insights from:

-- Jonathan Bickel MD, IT Physician Lead, Senior Director Business Intelligence and Clinical Research Informatics, Boston Children’s Hospital -- Hunter Elliott, Director of Machine Learning Research, PathAI -- Catherine Kreatsoulas Ph.D, Research Fellow, Harvard School of Public Health -- Dan Rudoy, Ph.D, Associate, Electrical and Computer Technologies, Wolf Greenfield

“Our region represents one of the world’s most important ecosystems driving medical technology innovation – with an unparalleled mix of top hospitals, medical professionals, universities, entrepreneurs and investors,” said Katja Wald, Executive Director of MITEF Cambridge. “We’re excited to bring those constituencies together to spark the kinds of thought exchange and networking that fuels even more advancements and opportunity in the space.”

Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare: The Sooner the BetterWednesday, September 26, 2018MIT Weisner Building, Build E15, Bartos Theater5:30pm-6:00pm - Registration & networking (light refreshments served)6:00pm-8:00pm - Welcome & panel discussion8:00pm-9:00pm - Beer, wine & networking Registration and more information is available online.

The evening is made possible by sponsors Caldwell IP, CHEN PR, Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds, Morse Barnes-Brown Pendleton, Withum Audit Tax Advisory and Wolf Greenfield.

About the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge The MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge is the founding chapter and one of 27 worldwide chapters comprising the MIT Enterprise Forum, Inc. Offering more than 40 programs and events annually that inspire innovation, MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge initiatives facilitate critical one-on-one mentoring while providing team services that increase the skills and expertise necessary for entrepreneurs to succeed.

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MITEF CONTACTS: Katja Wald MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge 617-253-8238 kwald@mit.edu Gabrielle Kondracki CHEN PR for MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge 781-672-3113 gkondracki@chenpr.com

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