Boston, MA
Westin Copley Place
June 13-14, 2019

Leonard D’Avolio

Assistant Professor
Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s division of general internal medicine and primary care

Leonard D’Avolio, Ph.D. is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s division of general internal medicine and primary care.  He is the CEO and co-founder of Cyft, a company based on years of his research optimizing machine learning and natural language processing to improve healthcare.  He is also an advisor to Ariadne Labs and the Helmsley Charitable Trust Foundation, board member for Youth Development Organization, a researcher, and writer.

He previously led informatics for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ precision medicine initiative (the Million Veteran Program) and the first clinical trial embedded within an electronic medical record system.


June 14, 2019
10:45am - 11:00am
America Ballroom

Harvard Medical School Assistant Professor and CEO of Cyft, Dr. Leonard D’Avolio has spent the past 15 years working with government, academia, philanthropy, and industry to build learning healthcare systems. 

In this session, Dr. D'Avolio sets the stage for a five-session segment that dives deep into what is required for healthcare to successfully implement machine learning and artificial intelligence to drive better care and financial outcomes. As he will explain, this will require a fundamental shift in how healthcare thinks, plans, and executes.

Those that view machine learning as a product to be installed by IT will fail expensively.

Organizations in other industries have learned to create different teams, processes, technologies, and approaches to capitalize on these new capabilities. Amazon does not install an off the shelf population book selling algorithm. Google does not consider data to be IT’s problem. What’s required is a fundamental understanding of what these new capabilities make possible and strategies for capitalizing.

June 14, 2019
12:00pm - 12:40pm
Grand Ballroom

In the prior hour, three leading healthcare organizations discussed how they have implemented machine learning and artificial intelligence into practice. In this session, Dr. D’Avolio leads an audience Q&A and explores lessons learned with these real-world doers. Speakers will also discuss their next steps and this is a great chance for attendees to engage with experienced healthcare practitioners and dig deeper into issues important to their organizations.

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