Artificial Intelligence and Robots in Primary Care. The Future is Now

  • Date: Thursday, October 28, 2021
  • Time: 10:00 am - 10:45 am
  • Style: Panel Discussion

Artificial Intelligence and Robots in Primary Care. The Future is Now

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is going to become more and more relevant in clinical practice. From machine learning to robotic process automation (“bots”), it’s important that we have a basic understanding of the potentials and limitations. This session will include a brief presentation by each of the two expert panelists followed by a moderated discussion with the attendees. The objectives are to gain a basic understanding of the technology, the current and possible future states of applications in healthcare, and insights into concerns such as inherent bias.

Moderator:

  • Dr. Kevin Samson – Family Physician, East Wellington FHT

Panel:

  • Dr. Ervin Sejdić - Research Chair in Artificial Intelligence for Health Outcomes at Research & Innovation, North York General Hospital
  • Dr. Mohamed Alarakhia - Managing Director, eHealth Centre of Excellence 

Panelists

Dr. Kevin Samson

Moderator

 

Dr. Kevin Samson – Family Physician, East Wellington FHT

Dr. Samson has been a family physician for over 35 years. He is also an Electrical Engineer specializing in computer programming and biomedical engineering and has been actively involved in the development and application of healthcare IT solutions throughout his career. 

 

Dr. Samson is the Chair of AFTHO Quality Steering Committee and an AFTHO Board Member. He also has active roles with OntarioMD, Ontario Health, the Centre for Effective Practice, the eHealth Centre of Excellence, and Diabetes Canada. Dr. Samson is co-Chair of the Diabetes Action Canada Research Governing Committee, Chair of the OntarioMD TELUS PSS Community of Practice, and is a member of the Ontario Health Virtual Visits Steering Committee.

 

Dr. Samson is the IT lead for the East Wellington Family Health Team. He is the Clinical Lead for Digital Health for the Guelph Wellington Ontario Health Team (GWOHT) and the Clinical Lead for Privacy and Security for the GWOHT. He is also on the Steering Committee for the Guelph Wellington Physicians Association (GWPA). 

 

Through these various roles, Dr. Samson has been involved in the development and application of machine learning and robotic process automation in both clinical and research settings. He has been fortunate enough to work with our esteemed panelists and was extremely pleased that they accepted the invitation to join this session and share their knowledge and insights in this exciting and innovative field.

Dr. Ervin Sejdić

Dr. Ervin Sejdić - Research Chair in Artificial Intelligence for Health Outcomes at Research & Innovation, North York General Hospital

Dr. Ervin Sejdić received B.E.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada in 2002 and 2008, respectively. From 2008 to 2010, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto with a cross-appointment at Bloorview Kids Rehab, Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation teaching hospital.  From 2010 until 2011, he was a research fellow at Harvard Medical School with a cross-appointment at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. From 2011 until 2021, he was a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2021, he joined the University of Toronto as a faculty member. He is also the Research Chair in Artificial Intelligence for Health Outcomes at North York General Hospital in Toronto.

 

From his earliest exposure to research, he has been eager to contribute to the advancement of scientific knowledge through carefully executed experiments and ground-breaking published work. This has resulted in co-authoring over 150 publications. In February 2016, President Obama named Dr. Sejdić as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. In 2017, Dr. Sejdić was awarded the National Science Foundation CAREER Award. In 2018, he was awarded the Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Sejdić is the editor-in-chief of Biomedical Engineering Online, an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering and Digital Signal Processing.

 

Dr. Sejdić’s passion for discovery and innovation drives his constant endeavors to connect advances in engineering to society’s most challenging problems. Hence, his research interests include biomedical signal processing, gait analysis, swallowing difficulties, advanced information systems in medicine, rehabilitation engineering, assistive technologies and anticipatory medical devices.    

Dr. Mohamed Alarakhia

Dr. Mohamed Alarakhia - Managing Director, eHealth Centre of Excellence

 

Dr. Mohamed Alarakhia is:

  • a Family Physician at the Centre for Family Medicine Family Health Team
  • the Managing Director of the eHealth Centre of Excellence
  • the Chief Clinical Information Officer for Ontario Health, West Region.
  • Assistant Clinical Professor at McMaster University
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Waterloo
  • Faculty Digital Health Lead at McMaster University, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine (Waterloo Campus)

Dr. Alarakhia was awarded the Digital Health Executive of the Year Award in 2019 and the 2018 College of Family Physicians of Canada Award of Excellence. 

 

The eHealth Centre of Excellence won the Patient Care Innovation Team Award at the 2019 Canadian Health Informatics Awards and a 2019 Ingenious Award from Information Technology Association of Canada. 

   

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