Newswise — The event summary for the second annual National Health Symposium, organized by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, is now available.

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The event, held virtually on Sept. 14 and 15, convened leaders in health care technology to explore emerging applications of artificial intelligence (AI) across the health care continuum. The speakers discussed applications ranging from disease prevention, disease detection, case triage, and patient treatment to health monitoring. A variety of emerging AI-enabled capabilities were presented, including patient-generated data analysis, image analysis and electronic health record embedded applications — aimed at enhancing and even automating critical aspects of clinical workflows.

In their keynote addresses, Christine Fox, the assistant director for policy and analysis at APL, and Dr. Jim Weinstein, senior vice president of Microsoft Healthcare, emphasized the importance of collaborative and iterative system design approaches. The event also featured the following technical talks and panel discussions:

As symposium participants considered the challenges of this new frontier in health, three themes emerged: develop thoughtfully, go beyond algorithms to create systems and don’t overpromise.

“The contributions from symposium presenters supported an optimistic view that human knowledge and AI can be effectively combined to enhance health outcomes if we develop solutions thoughtfully and take a systems approach,” said Sezin Palmer, APL Mission Area Executive for National Health. “The symposium reinforced the need for this health research community to continue to connect and communicate across disciplines and organizational boundaries to advance human health through AI-enabled intelligent systems.”

Videos of the keynote addresses, technical talks and panels are available here.

Save the date! The 2021 National Health Symposium will be held Nov. 9 and 10, 2021.