Hype vs. Reality: The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Global Health

Tuesday, February 26th , 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

There is a critical gap in the exploration and discussion of the core issues surrounding the rise of AI-assisted technologies in low- and middle-income countries, both in our Harvard community and beyond. On Tuesday, February 26, the Harvard Global Health Institute will convene a diverse group of key leaders from Harvard and MIT to identify where we need to ask better questions, how we can fill research gaps and find practical solutions, and what collaborations will move us along.  Through a series of flash talks and solution-oriented brainstorming we hope to chart a research and action agenda for the coming year.

Confirmed speakers for this summit include:  

  • Rifat Atun, Director, Global Health Systems Cluster and Professor of Global Health Systems, Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health
  • Andrew Beam, Instructor, Department of Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School
  • John Brownstein, Chief Innovation Officer and Director of Computational Epidemiology Group, Boston Children’s Hospital; Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Founder, HealthMap
  • Leo Celi, Co-Director, MIT Sana; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Clinical Research Director, Laboratory for Computational Physiology; Principal Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Glenn Cohen, Faculty Director, Petrie-Flom Center; Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • Merce Crosas, Chief Data Science and Technology Officer, Institute for Quantitative Social Science
  • Rich Fletcher, Lead Research Scientist, Mobile Technology Lab, D-Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Eva Guinan, Faculty Co-Director, Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard; Professor of Radiation Oncology, Harvard Medical School, Director; Translational Research, Radiation Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Director, Reactor, Harvard Catalyst
  • John Halamka, Chief Information Officer and International Healthcare Innovation Professor of Emergency Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Chief Information Officer and Dean for Technology, Harvard Medical School
  • Adam Landman, Chief Information Officer and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Mark Michalski, Executive Director, MGH & BWH Center for Clinical Data Science
  • Ashley Nunes, Research Scientist, MIT Transportation & Logistics
  • Kathy Pham, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Fellow, Berkman Klein Center and MIT Media Lab; Fellow, digital HKS
  • Phuong Pham, Director of Evaluation and Implementation Science, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative; Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
  • Peter Szolovits, Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and Head of Clinical Decision-Making Group, Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL), Massachusetts Institute of Technology

While the event itself is invitation-only, we will be live streaming key parts. (Streaming details will be posted here on Monday, Feb. 25.)

If you would like to learn more or be a part of the conversation, please e-mail Technology & Health Program Manager Megan Diamond.

Selected Readings.

Powerful Predictors: Diagnosing Cancer in India Using AI: Harvard Digital Initiative article by HGHI Technology & Health Program Manager Megan Diamond

How can AI contribute to global health in resource poor settings? British Medical Journal Analysis 

Machine Learning can fix how we manage health on a global scale: WIRED commentary by Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine