“Right now, we have new types of data, and we can start linking datasets.” During the SAS Sofa Session on AI and illness at the and@ festival, Mark Lambrecht, director global health and life sciences practice at SAS, identifies the key difference between modern day AI, and analytics as it existed a decade ago. “The Healthy Nevada project combines clinical patient data with population data from the state level, and behavioral data about where a citizen lives, whether there are a lot of pollen in that area, and how, for instance, that correlates with allergies.”
By linking datasets, AI can discover previously unknown correlations which in turn can help physicians to prevent diseases, rather than curing them.
He is joined by other experts in the field, such as Michael Dillhyon who believes blockchain is the key to sharing data while maintaining privacy, healthcare futurist Koen Kas, and medical doctor/analytics-expert Joost Huiskens.
Together they discuss the impact AI will have on our healthcare system in the near future.
“We already have an algorithm that can detect lung cancer on CT-scans, and identify lung infections using X-ray.” - Doctor Joost Huiskens, Senior Associate Account Executive at SAS.
“We trade privacy for convenience every day, we need to find a way to get people to do the same thing in health care.” - Michael Dillhyon, Healthtech Mover, Shaker & Baker.
“When we send a package, we can track its location every five seconds, yet a patient with Alzheimer's is left on average 8.750 hours without any connection to healthcare.” - Koen Kas, Founder at Healthscouts, Healtcare futurist.
Hereunder you’ll find the summary video with some of the highlights of this panel discussion. A discussion Mark Lambrecht and Koen Kas will be happy to discuss further into detail during the SAS Health and Life Sciences Executive Forum 2018 on June 14th in Spain. By the way: registrations for this event are still open ;-)!