Improving Healthcare: The Role of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Mehool Patel


Healthcare data are growing at an exponential rate, and technologies in the workplace are advancing rapidly. This session will address how artificial intelligence is making an impact in healthcare today and how emerging technologies may be applied in the future.

Learning Objectives:
After attending this lecture, students and healthcare professionals will be able to:
- Define artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive systems
- Understand where AI may be applied to tackle problems in healthcare
- Discuss examples of successful AI technologies in the industry today and emerging
technologies of the future
- Identify barriers to adoption and challenges of AI in healthcare

Target audience:
Medical, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public health, Dental students and clinicians in practice. NOTE: A higher level presentation can be arranged/added with researchers in mind.
Aligns to:
For physicians and non-physicians, this lecture aligns to LCME and AGCME competencies of Medical Knowledge and Clinical Reasoning, Interpersonal and Communication Skills (AI/NLP).

For nursing, this lecture aligns to AACN Essential Core Competencies of Information and Technology, Academic-Practice Partnerships, Systems-based Practice, and Career-long Learning.

For pharmacists, this lecture supports learning objectives for ACPE Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum requirements for Clinical Sciences – Health Informatics and competencies for ASHP PGY1 Residencies and PGY2 Residencies in Pharmacy Informatics.

Conflict of Interest: Mehool Patel, MD is employed by IBM Watson Health which develops and markets product and services across the healthcare sector.


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Dr. Mehool Patel is Medical Oncologist/Hematologist who practiced for 15 years in a private practice as well as hospital setting in Northeast Ohio. He maintains board certification for Medical Oncology, Hematology, and Internal Medicine. He also obtained an MBA from Auburn University.

Dr. Patel currently serves as an Associate Chief Health Officer within Watson Health and Chief Medical Officer Provider/Provider Analytics. Previously, he was part of the IBM Watson Health Oncology & Genomics Client Experience and Medical Affairs Teams before joining the HOPE Team. During his time at IBM, Dr. Patel has worked with members of the Development and Design Teams for various solutions as well as meeting national and government level clients.

Dr. Patel received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University. He completed internal medicine training in Ohio and completed his fellowship in Washington DC and Bethesda, Maryland. In clinical practice, he managed care for all adult malignancies and hematological conditions. Dr. Patel also maintained the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI) Certification for the health system. Additionally, he participated in the health system’s Institutional Review Board and Continuing Medical Education Committees as well as serving several times on the Medical Executive Committee.

Dr. Patel remains active in medical education and is Hematology/Oncology Section Chair for the first and second year of medical school education at the Northeast Ohio Medical University. Additionally, he serves as a Co-Dyad leader for a class within the second year curriculum as well as the course director for the Clinical Informatics class with the College of Graduate Studies. He also serves or has served on the Foundation Board and its Investment and Finance Subcommittee, the Admissions Committee, as well as the Alumni Board and has been its past President.

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