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Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

It's a packed house at Cambia Grove!

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Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

Maura Little from Cambia Grove welcomes everyone.

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Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

Peter Lee of Microsoft Research is the first keynote of the day.

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Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

From left, Lucas Nivon of Cyrus Biotechnology, Alice Zhang of Verge Genomics, Dr. Soheil Meshinchi of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Dr. Evgeni V. Sokurenko of ID Genomics discuss ways A.I. could help aid researchers working on breakthrough therapies.

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Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

Mike McSherry of Xealth and Mary Haggard from Providence Health & Services chat about tech entrepreneurs in the healthcare industry.

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Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

Scott Thielman of Product Creation Studio introduces the next panel, "Innovations for the Over-Worked Physician."

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Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

Ed Butler from CuraCloud.

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Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

Harjinder Sandhu of Saykara.

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Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

An engaged audience.

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Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

Making acquaintances during the networking break.

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Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

Guests discussing what to expect for the second half of the day.

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Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

Great discussions during networking.

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Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

Guests talk about what they learned during the first half of the event.

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Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

Start your networking engines!

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Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

Dr. Lynn McGrath of Eigen Healthcare kicks off the second half of the day.

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Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

Mike Van Snellenberg of Wellpepper.

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Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

Dr. Ivor Horn of Accolade.

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Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

Matt Holman of Echo Health Ventures.

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Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

Last keynote of the day from Oren Etzioni of Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence.

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Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

Networking was lively at the reception following the event.

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Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

Post event chatting.

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Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

Healthcare + A.I. Northwest

That's a wrap!

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Xconomy National — 

Xconomy convened an outstanding group of innovators in healthcare and artificial intelligence for a half-day conference in Seattle earlier this month. As testament to the excitement around this topic, our event was sold-out with a lengthy waiting list.

Those who made it in the door of Cambia Grove, our event host, were rewarded with a wide-angle look at the ways machine intelligence is poised to transform several facets of healthcare from research to patient care. Our Healthcare + A.I. Northwest speakers, including startup founders, computer science luminaries, and many healthcare practitioners, were also quick to pierce the hype.

There are major disconnects to fix before machine intelligence can truly be unleashed on healthcare. One of the biggest is around data—making it accessible and usable, and ensuring that it won’t perpetuate or exacerbate existing biases as new technologies impact the delivery of healthcare. Other speakers highlighted the fact that new technologies—the electronic health record, in particular—too often come between medical professionals and their patients. There’s a huge opportunity in reducing the burden of EHR data entry on physicians, and machine intelligence technologies such as speech recognition could help.

Other new technologies, such as Semantic Scholar, a search engine developed by the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, are designed to help medical practitioners and scientists sift through the rapidly proliferating corpus of research in their fields.

We covered so much more at the event, and Xconomy will continue to follow this hot topic in our reporting in the weeks and months to come.

A big thank you to Cambia Grove, our platinum sponsor Product Creation Studio, and our speakers, many of whom stayed throughout the event and networking sessions to interact with the audience. Speaking of whom, we’re grateful to the people who attended this event, asking great questions and staying engaged until the end.