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Innovation race for improved cancer outcomes

By Elena Bonfiglioli and Mathias Ekman on December 15, 2016

Filed under Health

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As you think innovation in health, you want to think about how to scale the adoption of systems of intelligence making them accessible in more intuitive ways.

The vision of AI as “conversations” will empower intelligent health experiences that mirror the way people collaborate and interact with one another, and the way machines proactively understand our intent. Living up to this vision, the Innovation Race for Improved Cancer Outcomes Dec. 19 – 21 aims to contribute to the advancement of outcomes to prevent, treat and cure cancer.

Systems of intelligence will endemically transform the way we innovate for improved cancer outcomes, the way we optimize clinical and operational processes, and the way we think and do prevention. So, what if people across the healthcare continuum could collaborate and use machine learning to come up with ways to catch cancer earlier and improve outcomes for patients?

During the 52-hour event in Sweden, experts from Uppsala University Hospital, one of Sweden’s biggest university hospitals and a medical center of excellence, Bristol-Meyers Squibb and AbbVie—both global biopharmaceutical companies—and Microsoft will come together to discover and develop improved methods, techniques, or procedures for early diagnosis of cancer, focusing specifically on lung cancer and head and neck cancer.

We will be joined by some of our most dynamic health partners who have a shared vision on democratizing intelligence in Health. As an example, Sigma – leader in IoT solutions – will showcase the application of Microsoft HoloLens; Cambio will provide a cloud based demo version of the electronic medical record system that Uppsala University Hospital is using. This to ensure that different cognitive services and bots can add new values and open the door to a new type of computing and intelligence known as “Conversation as a Platform”.

The goal of the Innovation Race event is to come up with new projects that are so well defined that Uppsala University Hospital can begin implementing them in its clinical practice right away to help improve outcomes for cancer patients.

Delivering on the promise of innovation to empower better health for everyone isn’t something any one technology vendor, health organization, or community can do on its own. That’s why the event brings together thought leaders from across healthcare, life sciences, technology, and more to harness the power of collaboration.

In addition to experts onsite, a network of professionals with a wide range of knowledge and skills—from genomics to 3D printing—will be on hand virtually.

Participants in the event will work together using modern collaboration tools such as Microsoft Teams, the new chat-based workspace in Office 365, and Surface tablets and Surface Hub —which our partner Atea is helping to provide.

It’s fitting that the event will be in Sweden, as the Nordics have become a hotbed for innovation in healthcare. In Sweden, AI for Health is already making in-roads and delivering on the vision. Taking advantage of the cloud and machine learning, partner Optolexia is helping schools identify students at risk for dyslexia significantly earlier than current screening tests. The solution was launched in Sweden earlier this year and getting ready for an international launch in the US and UK before summer 2017.

Another example is the joint work to infuse AI from Microsoft’s intelligent cloud into solutions that predict and prevent outbreaks of diseases.

“By developing intelligent systems that gather and combine information about the situation in the world, new possibilities appear for more effective and accurate prevention of future epidemics. AI will be able to enhance smart decision support that guides the preventive work of outbreaks so that we face the epidemics of mosquito-borne viral diseases such as dengue and Zika and with greater resilience and preparedness.”, says Joacim Rocklöv associate professor at Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine at Umeå University.

To learn how your health organization can start delivering on the promise of innovation, I hope you’ll join us at our annual Health Innovation event Jan. 31 – Feb. 1, 2017, in Brussels.

And if you have any questions or comments—or your own innovation story to share—please contact us via email, Facebook, or Twitter.

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