Boston, MA
Westin Copley Place
Oct. 23-24, 2017

7 Ways We are Screwing up AI for Healthcare

October 24, 2017
2:00pm - 2:30pm
America Ballroom

The promise and potential for artificial intelligence in healthcare is very real. Yet we seem to be blowing it, says Harvard professor Len D’Avolio.

These technologies are important because they help us learn from our data – but this is something healthcare does not do very well. Medical errors, for example, are blamed for killing between 210,000 and 400,000 annually.

With that in mind, D’Avolio shares a curated list of the sometimes costly, usually embarrassing mistakes he’s made during a dozen years of trying to make these technologies work for healthcare.  

He shares these lessons not out of frustration but with enthusiasm for what’s to come.

These technologies eventually will become an integral part of how we identify patients in need of attention, reduce waste, and recommend more appropriate pathways of care. The sooner we start to use them more effectively, the sooner we’ll improve clinical and financial outcomes.


Leonard D'Avolio

Assistant Professor
Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital

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