Healthcare + A.I. Northwest on Nov. 9: Agenda Highlights

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Artificial intelligence—the catchall term for a broad swath of technologies imbuing computer systems with the capacity to perceive and act—is poised to upend industries across the economy. But nowhere is its promise more alluring than in healthcare, as the sweeping human endeavor of keeping ourselves well runs up against demographic and financial realities.

Will A.I. in healthcare be a passing fad, an overhyped term that will soon fall from favor? Or is its arrival the long-sought technology advancement healthcare providers need to improve well-being—of their patients, and themselves—while reducing costs?

Xconomy will tackle those big questions and many more with an elite group of doctors, researchers, technologists, and entrepreneurs at our next big event in Seattle on Nov. 9. We’ve just released the agenda for Healthcare + A.I. Northwest, which you can view here.


Oren Etzioni, CEO of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, on how A.I. can help researchers keep up with the ever-expanding trove of medical and scientific research papers. We’ll also hear from Microsoft Research corporate vice president Peter Lee, who leads the company’s over-the-horizon work in healthcare and other fields.

—Alice Zhang, founder and CEO of Verge Genomics and Evgeni V. Sokurenko, a University of Washington School of Medicine microbiology professor and founder of ID Genomics, will discuss applications of machine learning to genomics data in search of new treatments for neurogenerative diseases and smarter, personalized prescriptions of antibiotics, respectively.

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—Experienced technology entrepreneur Mike McSherry, CEO of Xealth, will chat with Mary Haggard, a former Amazon and Microsoft executive who now leads consumer innovation at Providence Health & Services, about the journey into the healthcare industry from the technologist’s view.

Related reading: Xealth Raises $8.5M to Help Doctors Prescribe Digital Health Apps

—Several practicing physicians and medical educators will share perspective on what it takes to deploy technology innovations in the daily practice of medicine. Matthew Thompson, professor and interim chair of family medicine at the UW School of Medicine, will talk about the Primary Care Innovations Lab he helped launch. Shelly Fritz, a professor of nursing at Washington State University, will share her work employing sensor data and machine learning to identify signs of deterioration in people with chronic diseases in senior care communities. Ivor Horn, chief medical officer at Accolade and primary care pediatrician, will discuss her focus on the balance of human touch and innovative technology. UW neurosurgery resident and Eigen Healthcare CEO Lynn McGrath, Jr. will talk about screening for concussions with a smartphone.

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UW Lab Links Healthcare Innovators with Primary Care Doctors

Detecting Concussions With Machine Learning, Smartphones, and a Startup

Accolade A.I. Engine Aims to Personalize Healthcare Choices

—Entrepreneurs bringing A.I. technologies to healthcare will share their vision. We’ll here from Saykara CEO Harjinder Sandhu, whose company is working on an A.I.-enabled medical scribe; Ed Butler of CuraCloud, which is building machine learning algorithms to parse medical images; and Mike Van Snellenberg, CTO of Wellpepper, which is adding voice interfaces to its interactive care management plans.

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Healthcare is Ready for Alexa, as Soon as HIPAA Issue Resolved

With Triage System, Companies See Toehold for A.I. in Radiology

—Investors focused on this space including Jens Francis, co-founder of AngelMD, and Kirsten Morebeck, managing director of SpringRock Ventures, will share their view of the opportunity at the intersection of healthcare and A.I.

Our schedule leaves plenty of time for interaction with the presenters and networking. We expect a full house at Cambia Grove, the healthcare innovation space in downtown Seattle, so grab your ticket now.

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