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The healthcare sector stands at a pivotal crossroads, reminiscent of Charles Dickens' portrayal of contrasts in "A Tale of Two Cities". Today's healthcare landscape is marked by stark dichotomies: we […]

Apr 22

April 22, 2024

12:00 pm - 12:00 pm

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The healthcare sector stands at a pivotal crossroads, reminiscent of Charles Dickens’ portrayal of contrasts in “A Tale of Two Cities”. Today’s healthcare landscape is marked by stark dichotomies: we face daunting challenges such as escalating costs, regulatory complexities, growing patient expectations, health disparities, aging demographics, and the burden of chronic diseases, while benefiting from the unprecedented potential of advanced technologies and the exponential growth of data across healthcare domains. From genomics and proteomics to medical imaging, clinical records, and socioeconomic factors, the richness of data presents an extraordinary opportunity to advance diagnosis, treatment personalization, and disease pathogenesis.
This talk presents three distinct use cases in medicine: (1) Drug Discovery and Tumor-Stromal Interactions: Exploring AI’s role in identifying novel therapeutic targets. (2) Cancer Diagnostics: Addressing the reduction of unnecessary biopsies through enhanced AI-driven diagnostics. (3) Acute Stroke Management: Improving acute stroke response times and accessibility. Through these investigations, we aim to spark a dialogue on cognitive automation’s capacity to transform medicine. The implications of successful AI integration extend far beyond technological advancement, posing fundamental questions about the evolution of the physician’s role, the dynamics of the patient-physician relationship, and the overall patient experience. By confronting these challenges and harnessing AI’s potential, we stand on the brink of a new era in healthcare.
Stephen Wong brings over 40 years of experience in research, product development, and leadership across healthcare, technology, and academia. He holds the John S. Dunn Presidential Distinguished Endowed Chair in Biomedical Engineering and Founding Chair of the Systems Medicine and Bioengineering Department at Houston Methodist. Stephen is also the Director of the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Center for BRAIN, an Associate Director at the Houston Methodist Neal Cancer Center, and a Professor of Radiology, Neurosciences, Pathology, and Laboratory Medicine at Cornell University. His contributions include developing the first hospital-wide PACS at UCSF, automating the world’s inaugural MB dynamic RAM chip production at AT&T Bell Labs, and establishing the Functional and Molecular Imaging Center and cyclotron facilities at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.