Healthcare Ex Machina: How Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Medicine
November 8, 2017 | 12:00 p.m.
Eric Topol – Celebrated Cardiologist | Digital Health Pioneer | Best-Selling Author
Machine learning applications can now diagnose some conditions as well as or better than doctors and at a fraction of the cost. But harnessing deep learning to improve medicine will require significant changes across the healthcare industry. In this keynote address, best-selling author, cardiologist, geneticist, and digital medicine researcher Eric Topol will discuss the promise AI holds for healthcare and what it will take to truly transform care.
Eric Topol is a professor of genomics at The Scripps Research Institute, and the founder and director of The Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI). As a researcher, he has published over 1,100 peer-reviewed articles (with more than 170,000 citations), was elected to the National Academy of Medicine, and is one of the top 10 most-cited researchers in medicine.*
Dr. Topol's principal scientific focus has been on the genomic and digital tools to individualize medicine — and the power that brings to individuals to drive the future of medicine.
In 2016, Topol was awarded a $207 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to lead a significant part of the Precision Medicine Initiative, a prospective research program called All of Us, which gathered data from more than one million Americans to accelerate research and improve health.
Prior to joining Scripps STSI in 2007, where he is founder and principal investigator of a flagship $33 million NIH grant, he led the Cleveland Clinic to become the number one center for heart care and founded its new medical school.
Besides editing several textbooks, he has published two bestselling books on the future of medicine: "The Creative Destruction of Medicine" and "The Patient Will See You Now. "Dr. Topol was voted the number one most influential physician in the United States in a national poll conducted by Modern Healthcare.
*Thomson Reuters ISI, "Doctor of the Decade"