ASU Pop-Up Event on AI

ASU will host a pop up-up event on April 6 to feature short talks on the implications of artificial intelligence in health.

According to the director of Health Innovation Programs at Arizona State University’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation, the integration of artificial intelligence into health care is inevitable.

“AI has been around for quite a while, but its ability to be effective in the health care arena is just beginning,” said Rick Hall, who also serves as a clinical professor and director of the recently established health- and wellness-centric entrepreneurial HEALab.

Chris Yoo, HEALab advisory board member and founder of Phoenix-based health care data company Systems Imagination, agrees with Hall and saw the potential to capitalize on the abundance of local experts in the field — both within ASU and the local community — by holding a pop-up event focusing on the burgeoning role of AI in health care today.

In association with Systems Imagination, HEALab will host “Artificial Intelligence: On the Edge of Health Innovation,” from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 6, at the A.E. England Building on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus.

“Arizona and ASU have all of the same raw materials and expertise that any other place — like Boston or San Francisco — that promotes itself as a big biotech hub does,” Yoo said. “We hope this event will help people see that and build on the type of community that will put Arizona on the map as a place where bioscience and AI are happening.”

Instead of longer-form, conference-type panels, Friday’s “pop-up” event will feature shorter, 30-minute talks by speakers on various aspects of AI in health care, such as policy application, privacy and ethics. The event is free for ASU faculty, staff and students, and $15 for members of the public.

College of Nursing and Health Innovation Clinical Assistant Professor Heather Ross will be speaking at the event about concerns related to developing a workforce to manage ubiquitous health care monitoring as well as algorithmic bias. She is part of a research group at ASU that is testing a wearable device that aims to reduce hospital readmission rates of heart-failure patients by detecting pre-symptom signs of heart health-related incidents.

“I’m super excited that they’re putting on this event because there’s so much exciting work being done on AI throughout the many schools and colleges at ASU and beyond,” Ross said.

ASU Now sat down with Ross, Hall and Yoo to get a crash course on AI health care ahead of Friday’s event.

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