AI’s Impact On Global Health And Delivering Care

A panel moderated by Kim Azzarelli discussed the impact of AI on global health and care delivery, showcasing examples of how AI technology is being used to improve efficiency and match resources with needs effectively in healthcare. The panel emphasized the importance of attracting top AI talent to the healthcare sector, encouraging audience involvement in projects like the Virtue Foundation initiative to address global healthcare challenges through purpose-driven data science and collaboration with companies like Mendel AI, DataRobot, and Databricks.

Kim Azzarelli, CEO of Seneca Women and a Director’s Fellow at the Media Lab, moderated a panel discussing AI’s impact on global health and care delivery. The panel opened with a video highlighting the challenges in global healthcare and the potential for technology, like AI, to improve efficiency and match needs with resources effectively. Karim, founder of Mendel AI, shared how their AI platform leverages clinical data to generate insights with clinical common sense, replacing manual abstraction of records and improving analytics accuracy and speed, especially in oncology research.

Joan, a co-founder of Virtue Foundation, discussed using AI to match resources with needs in global health, addressing the issue of 143 million people lacking necessary surgeries annually. Their data mapping initiative pulls data from multiple sources to identify medical deserts and match volunteers with areas in need. DataRobot and Databricks are crucial partners in this initiative, providing tools to automate data classification, identify optimal locations for healthcare facilities, and prioritize resource allocation effectively.

The panel emphasized the importance of attracting top AI talent to the healthcare sector to solve critical problems and bridge the gap between data science and healthcare. The goal is to democratize AI tools for healthcare practitioners and leaders to make informed decisions efficiently. Joan shared examples of using AI to optimize healthcare resource allocation in Mongolia, highlighting the impact of purpose-driven data science in improving healthcare access.

The panel encouraged audience involvement in the Virtue Foundation project, inviting individuals, companies, data scientists, and volunteers to contribute to the mission of improving global healthcare delivery. By connecting purpose-driven talent with impactful projects, the panelists aim to address healthcare challenges one act at a time. The QR code provided allows interested parties to learn more about Virtue Foundation and how to get involved in the global health marketplace initiative.

In closing, the panel stressed the collaborative efforts of companies like Mendel AI, Virtue Foundation, DataRobot, and Databricks in using AI to drive positive change in healthcare. They called for continued support from individuals and organizations to fund projects, provide expertise, and volunteer time to bring accessible healthcare to millions in need worldwide. The shared vision is to leverage technology, data science, and purpose-driven initiatives to create a more efficient, equitable, and impactful global healthcare system.