Session Abstract – PMWC 2024 Silicon Valley

Track 2 - January 24 9.00 A.M.-4.45 P.M.


Track Co-Chairs:
Russ Cucina, UCSF
John Kalafut, Asher Orion Group

  • PMWC 2024 Award Ceremony
    Luminary Honoree: Suchi Saria, Johns Hopkins
  • Integrated Diagnostics: The Future Powered by AI and Data Innovations
    - John Kalafut, Asher Orion Group
  • AI-Driven Integration of Genomic Data for Disease Understanding and Treatment
    - Mark Yandell, University of Utah
  • AI, Big Data and the Early Detection/Prevention of Chronic Diseases
    - Lee Hood, Phenome Health
  • AI in US Military Healthcare System
    - Peter Walker, Defense Health Agency (DHA)
  • Health IT and Interoperability Policy (PANEL)
    Chair: Russ Cucina, UCSF
    - Steven Lane, Gorila Health
    - Charles Jaffe, HL7
    - Alan Swenson, Sequoia Project
    - Neli de Crescenzo, Optum
    - Julia Adler, UCSF
  • Barriers and Challenges of Deploying AI into Clinical Use (PANEL)
    Chair: Shweta Maniar, Google
    - Bernardo Bizzo, Mass General Brigham
    - Guido Matthews, Bayer
    - Tina Hernandez-Boussard, Stanford
  • Transforming Healthcare Using Big Data and Remote Monitoring
    - Michael Snyder, Stanford
  • AI to Improve Patient Outcomes: Exploring High-Speed Genomic Insights with GPU-Accelerated Tools
    Chair: Julie Gil, Velsera
    - Jason Fenwick, NVIDIA
  • AI Pathology's Horizon: Navigating the Future and Overcoming Obstacles (PANEL)
    Chair: Pavankumar Anne, ZS
    - Eric Walk, PathAI
    - Michael Rivers, Roche Diagnostics
  • PMWC Showcase
    - Elliott Green, Dandelion Health
    - Tomasz Jetka, Ardigen
    - Peter White, Nationwide Children's Hospital

 Speaker Profile

MD, PhD, Senior Director, MGB Data Science Office, Instructor in Radiology, Harvard

Biography
Dr. Bizzo leads collaboration efforts with industry on AI product development and performance evaluation, including regulatory submissions, as well as clinical AI implementation with impact assessment and governance. Dr. Bizzo is a trained diagnostic radiologist with over 7 years of experience successfully overseeing the co-development of several AIbased products between MGB and industry collaborators. In 2020, he launched the MGB Digital CRO and has led the design and conduct of multiple clinical investigations to support successful FDA clearances of imaging based AI products. He also created and runs the MGB AI Imaging Governance Committee to oversee the clinical implementation of AI solutions across MGB.


 Speaker Profile

PhD, Professor of Human Genetics, U. of Utah

Biography
Dr. Yandell is a Professor of Human Genetics, founding Director of the Utah Center for Genetic Discovery, and Chief Data Strategist for the University of Utah Hospitals program for Personalized Health. As such, he lead the institution's efforts to improve patient care using Whole Genome Sequences (WGS) and Electronic Health Records (EHRs). These efforts have been widely supported by the NIH and the American Heart Association, and have resulted in innovative techniques and software, including Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications. Now, in collaboration with Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine and Fabric Genomics, they have developed GEM1, the first AI-based tool with the complete suite of features required for rapid, scalable diagnosis of critically ill children in the NICU and PICU. GEM is now integral to genome-based diagnosis programs at the University of Utah, at Rady Children's Hospital, and at the Broad Institute.


Talk
AI-Driven Integration of Genomic Data for Disease Understanding and Treatment


 Speaker Profile

PhD, Chair of Biomedical Data Science, Stanford

Biography
Sylvia Plevritis runs a research program that applies data science to the study of cancer systems biology and patient outcomes. She is focused on reverse engineering cell-cell interactions in the tumor micro-environment, from single cell sequencing and multiplexed imaging platforms, in order to identify biomarkers and drug targets and aid in treatment planning. She is a PI with the NCI Cancer Intervention Surveillance Network, an NCI consortium of investigators who use simulation modeling to improve our understanding of cancer control interventions in prevention, screening, and treatment and their effects on population trends in cancer incidence and mortality. These models have been used to guide public health research and priorities, and aid in the development of optimal cancer control strategies. She is a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and Distinguished Investigator in the Academy of Radiology Research, and serves on the NCI Board of Scientific Advisors.


 Speaker Profile

MD, Vice President Genetics and Genomics and CMIO, UCSF Health

Biography
Dr Cucina is Vice President, Genetic and Genomic Services, and Chief Medical Information Officer, for the UCSF Health system. Working with the Chief Genomics Officer, he is responsible for the strategy and operations of UCSF’s clinical genetic and genomics laboratories and services, and for the analytics, software, and information infrastructure to further the missions of UCSF Health. Dr. Cucina is board certified in Clinical Informatics and Internal Medicine, and practices in Hospital Medicine at UCSF’s Parnassus Campus.


 Speaker Profile

Global Life Sciences Strategy & Solutions Director, Google

Biography
Shweta Maniar is the global strategy and market leader responsible for Life Sciences at Google Cloud. She leverages broad technology solutions, including GenAI, and cross Alphabet relationships with industry-specific products to deepen engagements. Shweta is a proven commercial executive, and leader, who brings extensive operating experience spanning digital health technology, pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotechnology. Prior to joining Google, she led market growth strategies relevant to technology accelerators for therapies and diagnostics at Genentech, where she received multiple awards, including two Innovation Awards and the MVP Award. Shweta currently serves on the board of directors for Orthofix (NASDAQ: OFIX), a global orthopaedic and spinal technology company, and for RXSight (NASDAQ: RXST), an ophthalmic medical technology company. She is a 2023 PharmaVoice 100 honoree.


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 Speaker Profile

PhD, Co-Founder & CEO, Asher Orion Group

Biography
Dr. Kalafut advises on AIML topics ranging from product management to market strategy with a healthcare application. Additionally, he works with HCOs to develop AI strategies, AI Governance and best practices, through deployment and monitoring of purchased and built AIML solutions. He is the principal or co inventor on 43 US patents and 12 pending applications. Many of his inventions are used across nuclear medicine and radiological agent delivery, diagnostic interventional cardiology devices, and patient monitoring systems. Before founding Asher Orion, John was Chief Scientist of Informatics Research at GE Healthcare. His stewardship of an AIenabled, diagnostic pathway solution led to their first Breakthrough Designation. He led the architecture of platforms and applications co created by GE Healthcare and its clinical partners at health systems, including Mass General Brigham and Boston Children’s Hospital. John contributed to the UK's National Consortium of Intelligent Medical Imaging (NCIMI) and was a coPrincipal Investigator on Digital Pathology and Diagnostic (DART).


 Speaker Profile

MD, MPH, CMO, Health Gorilla

Biography
Steven Lane is a practicing primary care physician and clinical informaticist who currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer at Health Gorilla, a health data interoperability platform company supporting one of the first Qualified Health Information Networks (QHIN) as a component of the new federal Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) data exchange framework. Dr. Lane has more than 30 years of experience in clinical informatics and has worked on several initiatives related to the implementation and optimization of electronic health records (EHRs) and health health data interoperability. Dr. Lane is a recognized expert in the fields of health information exchange and data privacy.


 Speaker Profile

PMWC LUMINARY AWARD
Developed machine learning algorithms that improved critical care

PhD, Professor in Computer Science and Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins U.

Biography
Suchi Saria is a highly respected computer scientist and healthcare researcher who currently serves as the John C. Malone endowed chair and professor in the Departments of Computer Science, Medicine, Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins University. She is also the founding director of the Machine Learning, AI and Healthcare Lab at Johns Hopkins, where she leads a team of researchers dedicated to using machine learning and AI to improve healthcare outcomes. Professor Saria is known for her outstanding contributions to the precision medicine field through the development of AI algorithms and systems for clinical decision making. Her work in predicting patient deterioration and providing personalized treatment recommendations has had a significant impact on patient care in critical care settings. For her contributions to the field of AI, machine learning and healthcare, Professor Saria has received various awards and honors.


 Speaker Profile

Executive Director, Carequality

Biography
As Executive Director of Carequality, Alan Swenson guides the development and implementation of the Carequality Interoperability Framework, the leading, nationwide trusted exchange framework enabling health data sharing across and among different types of networks and service providers. Alan also leads Carequality in supporting The Sequoia Project as the Office of the National Coordinator for Health ITs (ONCs) Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) Recognized Coordinating Entity (RCE). Alan has spent more than a decade focused on health IT interoperability. Before leading Carequality, he helped lead an exponential increase in patient record sharing through direct collaboration with hundreds of healthcare systems and provider organizations, EHR vendors, HIEs, HISPs, PHRs, payers, government agencies, and other digital health platforms. He has also volunteered with The Sequoia Project, National Association for the Support of LongTerm Care (NASL), CommonWell Health Alliance, DirectTrust, National Quality Forum, and HIMSS, among other industry interoperability initiatives.


 Speaker Profile

PhD, Professor in Computer Science and Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins U.

Biography
Suchi Saria is a highly respected computer scientist and healthcare researcher who currently serves as the John C. Malone endowed chair and professor in the Departments of Computer Science, Medicine, Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins University. She is also the founding director of the Machine Learning, AI and Healthcare Lab at Johns Hopkins, where she leads a team of researchers dedicated to using machine learning and AI to improve healthcare outcomes. Professor Saria is known for her outstanding contributions to the precision medicine field through the development of AI algorithms and systems for clinical decision making. Her work in predicting patient deterioration and providing personalized treatment recommendations has had a significant impact on patient care in critical care settings. For her contributions to the field of AI, machine learning and healthcare, Professor Saria has received various awards and honors.


 Speaker Profile

PhD, Senior Scientific Partner, Velsera

Biography
Julie Gil has been managing collaborations at Velsera since 2021. She works with Pharmaceutical and Biotech partners to help them efficiently leverage analytics to achieve their precision RD objectives. Prior to Velsera she held a variety of roles in Biotech both leading and supporting research in the T-cell and HLA space. Julie completed her PhD research in Bioinformatics at Boston University Medical Center.


 Speaker Profile

Head Imaging, Data and AI Research Center of Excellence, Bayer

Biography
20+years of expertise working in healthcare and life sciences. Entrepreneur, digital transformation enthusiast and innovation leader to unlock personalized medicine and empower individualized patient care.


 Speaker Profile

PhD, Director of Data Science, Ardigen

Biography
Tomasz is a passionate mathematician turned data scientist, specializing in life sciences and biomedical applications. His research experience, ranging from wet lab experiments to rigorous theorems, has allowed him to push the boundaries of computational biology with novel discoveries in information theory. However, Tomasz's true calling was working at the forefront of AIdriven drug discovery. He has an impressive track record of successful projects in biology, bioinformatics, target identification, and drug repurposing, collaborating closely with pharmaceutical research scientists and internal programs. Tomasz specializes in extracting insights from large biological and biomedical datasets. He played a significant role in developing a comprehensive AI system for target identification, and was part of the preclinical team that delivered the first end to end A drug to the clinic. Currently, Tomasz leads the Data Science Center of Excellence at Ardigen, where he oversees and drives the company's data science and artificial intelligence initiatives.


Talk
Generalizing AI for Clinical-Scale Healthcare Datasets
We delve into the broad applicability of machine learning for general population data and records. We will discuss the complexities of adapting AI models to diverse patient subgroups, mitigating biases, and ensuring the reliability and robustness of predictive algorithms that need to be implemented across multiple sites.


 Speaker Profile

PhD, Chair, Department of Genetics, Stanford

Biography
Dr. Snyder received his Ph.D. training at the California Institute of Technology and carried out postdoctoral training at Stanford University. He is a leader in the field of functional genomics and multi omics, and one of the major participants of the ENCODE project. His laboratory was the first to perform a large scale functional genomics project in any organism, and has developed many technologies in genomics and proteomics. Seminal findings from the Snyder laboratory include the discovery that much more of the human genome is transcribed and contains regulatory information than was previously appreciated (e.g. lncRNAs and TF binding sites), and a high diversity of transcription factor binding occurs both between and within species. He launched the field of personalized medicine by combining different state of the art omics technologies to perform the first longitudinal detailed integrative personal omics profile (iPOP) of a person, and his laboratory pioneered the use of wearables technologies (smart watches and continuous glucose monitoring) for precision health.


 Speaker Profile

PhD, CSO & Co-Founder, Adaptive Biotech

Biography
Harlan Robins is a CoFounder of Adaptive Biotechnologies, a commercial stage biotech company that aims to translate the genetics of the adaptive immune system into clinical products to diagnose and treat disease. Prior to cofoundingconfounding Adaptive, Harlan served in various roles at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) in the Computational Biology Program, including Assistant Faculty Member, Associate, and Full Member and Head of the program. Interested in the mathematics behind genetics and observing the potential utility of high level mathematics to study problems in the biological sciences, Harlan took a postdoctoral appointment at the Institute for Advance Study in Princeton under famed biologist Dr. Arnold Levine. With Dr. Levine, he concentrated on developing bioinformatic algorithms for micro RNA targets and bacterial genome analysis, a precursor to his faculty appointment at FHCRC in the Computational Biology Group, Public Health Sciences and Human Biology Divisions.


 Speaker Profile

Global Marketing Development Manager, Digital Pathology, Epredia

Biography
Chris Coley, PAHT(ASCP), has an extensive Anatomical Pathology background followed by various roles in sales and marketing for comprehensive product lines in the both clinical and research segments for over 25 years. His experiences enable him to implement market enhancing technologies that professionally align with Epredias mission and vision to improve lives by enhancing precision cancer diagnostics.


Talk
The Impact of Artificial Intelligence and High Resolution Digital Slide Imaging on Precision Medicine
Epredia hosts a partnership panel discussion on how 3DHISTECH acquired digital slide images are used with AI solutions from Aiforia and PaigeAI to drive accuracy and efficiency in the study and diagnosis of disease.


 Speaker Profile

PhD, MPH, MS, Associate Dean of Research, Stanford

Biography
Dr. Hernandez-Boussard is an Associate Dean of Research and Professor of Medicine (Biomedical Informatics), Biomedical Data Sciences, Surgery and Epidemiology Population Health (by courtesy) at Stanford University. With a rich background and vast expertise in biomedical informatics, health services research, and epidemiology, she is at the forefront of advancing healthcare through the development, evaluation and application of innovative methods. Through her research, she aims to effectively monitor, measure, and predict equitable healthcare outcomes. By leveraging diverse data sources, her team works diligently to construct a solid body of evidence that can significantly enhance patient outcomes, streamline healthcare delivery, and provide valuable guidance for health policy decisions. In addition, Dr. HernandezBoussard places significant emphasis on addressing bias and promoting fairness in AI for healthcare. Through her research and evaluation of AI technology, she seeks to advance healthcare practices while ensuring that diverse populations receive equitable resources, care, and outcomes.


 Speaker Profile

PhD, Professor in Computer Science and Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins U.

Biography
Suchi Saria is a highly respected computer scientist and healthcare researcher who currently serves as the John C. Malone endowed chair and professor in the Departments of Computer Science, Medicine, Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins University. She is also the founding director of the Machine Learning, AI and Healthcare Lab at Johns Hopkins, where she leads a team of researchers dedicated to using machine learning and AI to improve healthcare outcomes. Professor Saria is known for her outstanding contributions to the precision medicine field through the development of AI algorithms and systems for clinical decision making. Her work in predicting patient deterioration and providing personalized treatment recommendations has had a significant impact on patient care in critical care settings. For her contributions to the field of AI, machine learning and healthcare, Professor Saria has received various awards and honors.


 Speaker Profile

MBA, CEO (former), Optum Insight

Biography
Neil de Crescenzo has been a CEO and Csuite executive leading some of the largest and most impactful organizations in the global healthcare information technology industry. Most recently, Neil was CEO of Optum Insight, one of the largest healthcare information technology organizations in the world with nearly $20 billion in revenue. Neil joined Optum through the acquisition of Change Healthcare in October 2022, where he served as president, chief executive officer, and a member of the Board of Directors. Change Healthcare was acquired by United Health Group for $13 billion. Before joining Change Healthcare, Neil was senior vice president and general manager of Oracle's Global Health Sciences business. Prior to joining Oracle, he spent a decade at IBM Corporation. Earlier in his career, he held leadership positions in a major hospital system, a large multispecialty group practice, and at a major health insurer.


 Speaker Profile

PhD, Chief, Division of Clinical Informatics & Digital Transformation, UCSF

Biography
Julia Adler Milstein is a renowned health IT researcher at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is a Professor in the Department of Medicine, Chief of the Division of Clinical Informatics Digital Transformation, and Director of the Center for Clinical Informatics Improvement Research. Dr. Adler Milstein's research focuses on the intersection of health information technology and healthcare delivery. She has conducted extensive work on the impact of EHRs and interoperability on clinical workflow, patient safety, and healthcare quality. Her research has been published in numerous high impact journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs, and JAMA. Dr. Adler Milstein also serves as a consultant to federal and state agencies, including the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and the California Department of Health Care Services. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and serves on the Board of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA).


 Speaker Profile

MD, PhD, CEO and Founder, Phenome Health

Biography
Leroy (Lee) Hood, MD, PhD is the CEO and Founder of Phenome Health, a nonprofit organization developing the Human Phenome Initiative, based on the science of wellness, which will sequence the genes and generate the longitudinal phenomes of one million people over 10 years. Phenome Health is well positioned to deliver a new paradigm in healthcare based on prediction, prevention, personalization, and participation, and is intended to address several healthcare challenges: significantly improve health outcomes; facilitate brain health; increase cost effectiveness; reduce the chronic disease burden; promote healthy aging; and enhance U.S. leadership in medical innovation. He has co-founded 17 biotech companies including Amgen, Applied Biosystems, Rosetta and Arivale. His many national and international awards include the Lasker Prize, the Kyoto Prize, and the National Medal of Science.


 Speaker Profile

MBA, Partner and Precision Medicine Lead, ZS

Biography
Pavan is a Principal in the Boston office with a focus on Oncology and Precision Medicine. He co-leads ZS’ Biomarker Center of Excellence and works extensively with clients in the area of Precision Medicine. Over the last 12+ years at ZS, Pavan has focused on supporting Oncology companies across a full spectrum of medical, marketing and sales challenges. With experience working in most tumor types in Oncology, he brings deep therapeutic area expertise in Oncology. He has helped companies assess organization structures, develop commercialization strategy, segmentations, design forward looking local and global commercial models to successfully navigate the rapidly evolving Oncology market dynamics. With expertise in Precision Medicine and Oncology, Pavan has helped clients with market landscape and opportunity assessments, disease area strategy, and brand strategy including positioning. In addition, he has partnered with Oncology diagnostic companies across a range of engagements including portfolio strategy development, sales planning, customer segmentation, and competitive assessment. He holds an M.B.A from Yale School of Management, and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Madras. Prior to joining ZS, Pavan worked as a Design Engineer at Caterpillar Inc.


Talk
This comprehensive 30minute session will address the rapidly evolving realm of AI Pathology and the critical challenges we face on the journey towards its full clinical adoption. Our discussion will not only highlight the exciting advancements but also the collaborative efforts required to surmount the barriers impeding progress.


 Speaker Profile

MD, VP, Chief Health AI Officer and Associate CMIO for Inpatient Care, UCSF Health

Biography
Dr. Murray is a strategic health system leader for clinical informatics, digital health, and data science. She strives to leverage healthcare data in new and impactful ways to support improvements in quality, safety, and value for patients and providers. She has a focus on predictive analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare, and her team has built infrastructure and governance processes to ensure deployment of ethical and robust AI. Her team evaluates commercially available tools and algorithms for trustworthiness prior to implementation and develops new machine learning models to address pressing health system problems. She is responsible for the overall strategy and vision for the use of AI to transform healthcare delivery at UCSF Health and beyond. She spends her clinical time caring for patients and teaching medical students and residents on the Hospital Medicine service at UCSF Health.


 Speaker Profile

MD, FCAP, CMO, PathAI

Biography
Dr. Eric Walk is head of the PathAI Medical group, overseeing the PathAI Diagnostics pathology team. Eric has over 20 years of experience in precision medicine, oncology drug development and IVD companion diagnostics development. Prior to joining PathAI, he was Chief Medical and Scientific Officer at Roche Tissue DiagnosticsVentana Medical Systems, where he led Medical Scientific Affairs, overseeing the development and FDA clearance approval of over 20 510k and PMA IVD assays, companion diagnostics and digital pathology algorithms. Eric began his industry career at Novartis Oncology, where he held positions in Early Clinical Development and Translational Medicine. Eric is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Johns Hopkins University and holds a MD degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and is a Fellow of the College of American Pathologists (CAP). He currently is a member of the CAP Digital Computational Pathology Committee.


 Speaker Profile

MD, PhD, CEO, HL7

Biography
Charles Jaffe is the CEO of HL7 International. He completed his medical training at Johns Hopkins and Duke Universities and postdoctoral training at NIH and the Lombardi Cancer Center. He served in various academic positions in the Departments of Medicine and in the School of Engineering. Previously, he was the Senior Global Strategist at Intel, led a national research consortium, found a consultancy for research informatics, served as the VP of Medical Informatics at AstraZeneca, and the VP of Life Sciences at SAIC. He was the contributing editor for several journals and has published on clinical research, informatics, and healthcare policy.


 Speaker Profile

Vice President/Lifecycle Leader, Digital Pathology, Roche

Biography
Michael joined Roche Diagnostics in 2006 and has been Lifecycle Leader for Digital Pathology since October 2015. In this role, he leads the Digital Pathology team in Santa Clara, California to develop and commercialize the Digital Pathology portfolio of products and technology for Roche. Michael also is a Past President of the Digital Pathology Association and has been a member of the DPA Board of Directors since 2015. Michael has held a number of sales and marketing leadership roles at Roche and is passionate about the opportunity to transform cancer diagnostics with Digital Pathology.


 Speaker Profile

Global Genomics Business Development, NVIDIA

Biography
Jason Fenwick leads business development worldwide for genomics at NVIDIA, with a focus on enabling shorter turn-around-times, increasing throughput, and lowering sequencing analysis costs. By partnering across the ecosystem with leading life science cloud platforms, sequencing instruments, high-throughput sequencing centers, and diagnostics labs, Jason works to democratize genomics and enable precision medicine. He has been on the Healthcare and Life Sciences team at NVIDIA for the past 5 years, rediscovering his passion for the biological sciences after four years at Corning utilizing his materials science degree from Cornell University.


 Speaker Profile

Ph.D., Chief Data Sciences Officer (CDSO), Nationwide Children's Hospital

Biography
At the heart of Peter's career is a passionate commitment to enhancing children's health through the power of data science and biomedical research. Peter champions data-driven innovation as the inaugural Chief Data Sciences Officer of the Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, developing and implementing a robust data science strategy. This involves integrating and analyzing diverse data, such as genomic data and electronic health records, to extract critical insights for diagnosing and treating pediatric diseases.Peter is a recognized leader in biomedical data science, genomics, and precision medicine. He holds the esteemed Battelle Endowed Chair in Quantitative and Computational Biology and a tenured Pediatrics professorship at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. His research program seeks to understand the genetic origins of disease, including rare genetic disorders, cardiovascular disease, and pediatric cancer. His acclaimed work has earned him numerous awards, significant NIH funding, and authorship of over 120 peer-reviewed publications.


Talk
Pioneering Pediatric Genomics in the Age of Big Data
Nationwide Children's is at the forefront of interpreting genomic data. To manage the challenge of analyzing vast amounts of genomic data, we have integrated cloud technology, data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. This innovative approach simplifies genomic data analysis and improves patient outcomes, offering our patients new hope and better treatment strategies.


 Speaker Profile

Ph.D., Deputy Branch Chief, Science and Technology Portfolio Management, Defense Health Agency (DHA)

Biography
CDR Peter Walker is a data scientist and academic leader in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. He has been an advocate for innovation and change within the Navy. His leadership and keen eye towards organizational change has led to the adoption of a digital first mentality across the DoD. During the COVID pandemic, CDR Walker served as the Product Manager for Project Salus, the Department of Defenses data analytic platform for COVID. He helped to establish a multi-variate data pipeline to model issues such as disease spread, food shortages, and most recently the prioritization of vaccine distribution. CDR Walker is currently assigned to the Defense Health Agency as the Deputy Branch Chief for the Science and Technology Portfolio Management Branch and the Program Director for the Small Business Innovative Research and Small Business Technology Transition Program.


Talk
The intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) and healthcare represents one of the most promising and dynamic frontiers in modern science and technology. As artificial intelligence capabilities rapidly advance, the Defense Health Agency (DHA) recognizes both the transformative potential and ethical imperatives of these technologies.


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