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NECINA: 2018 Boston Digital Health Conference

December 15, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm UTC-5

NECINA (New England Chinese Information and Network Association) presents: 2018 Boston Digital Health Conference

During the past decades, there are lots of exciting artificial intelligence (AI) based innovations that drive healthcare revolution. U.S. health care spent about $3.5 trillion (19% of US GDP) in 2017 with a 25% increase within five years from $2.8 trillion in 2012. Plenty of efforts have been taken to reduce the costs in the healthcare systems, among which we have seen tremendous growth opportunities in AI application to healthcare. With increasingly available health and genomic data, AI-driven technologies are enabling innovations in advancing medical knowledge discovery and health care delivery. AI can effectively reduce healthcare labor cost as well as improve efficiency in image analysis, administrative workflow optimization, virtual nursing assistants and dosage error reduction.

However, AI healthcare practical implementation is still facing multiple challenges: Current regulation lacks of standards to assess AI system safety and efficacy; The continuation of the data exchange might become an obstacle for sustaining AI system as current healthcare infrastructure doesn’t provide incentives for data sharing. Although many AI applications have been helping clinicians with productivity, clinical decision making is still rare. Overcoming those problems would require close collaboration between healthcare and technology community.

This conference will bring together an illustrious group of healthcare practitioners, life science researchers, data scientists, technologists and entrepreneurs to share their in-depth knowledge, and how data science and AI technologies drive improving patients’ health care quality, boosting system efficiency, reducing costs, and so on.




Cao (Danica) Xiao
Research Staff Member, IBM Research
Cao (Danica) Xiao is a Research Staff Member in the AI for Healthcare Team of IBM Research AI, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Dennis Grishin
Cofounders, Nebula Genomics. Forbes Healthcare 30 under 30
Dennis Grishin is the co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Nebula Genomics where he is building a distributed genomic data generation, sharing and analysis platform.

Da Zhang
Medical Imaging Physicist at BIDMC, Assistant Professor of Radiology Harvard Medical School
Dr. Zhang obtained his PhD from University of Oklahoma. He is now an assistant professor at of Radiology at Harvard Medical School and a medical imaging physicist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Zhang Chen
Data Scientist, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Dr. Chen obtained his PhD from University of Pennsylvania and worked at Thomas Jefferson Hospital as a data scientist. His research is mainly focused on developing statistical and machine learning models for biomedical data analysis.

Yunpeng (Dennis) Zhang
CEO and Co-Founder of VitaData
Dennis is CEO and Co-Founder of VitaData, a decentralized health data kickstarter powered by blockchain. Dennis PhD in Economics from Boston University.

Speaker lists to be continued.

Start-up Showcase
There would be several digital health domain startup showcase. Each start-up company would have 7 minutes for presentation and 3 minutes for Q&A.

Confirmed Start-up Lists

VitaData, a decentralized health data exchange powered by blockchain

Nebula Genomics
Founded by George Church, Dennis Grishin, Kamal Obbad, Nebula Genomics leverages blockchain technology to eliminate middlemen and empower people to own their personal genomic data.

Please contact [masked] if you are interested in participating in startup showcase.


December 15, 2018
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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MIT Building 32 Room 155
Ray and Maria Stata Center 32 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA 02142 us
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