Artificial Intelligence (AI) and it's Role in Healthcare

Elizabeth Callanta


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. In this lecture, there will be an emphasis on what AI in healthcare means to key stakeholders throughout healthcare.

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, and Dental students & 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: Elizabeth Callanta, RN, BSN is employed by IBM Watson Health which develops and markets products and services across the healthcare sector.


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Ms. Callanta is an Oncology Nurse and Executive Clinical Consultant for IBM Watson Health. Having spent 20 years in nursing practice and leadership roles, she then worked as a healthcare technology consultant, implementing electronic data solutions with multiple organizations and leading initiatives focused on process improvement and outcomes management. She has a passion for improving healthcare delivery through building positive relationships across pillars of practice and incorporating evidence-based business and technology applications that strengthen clinical efforts and enhance patient outcomes.

Previously in IBM, Elizabeth supported the delivery and adoption of IBM Watson Health solutions around the globe, enabling Watson’s Cognitive Computing capabilities to improve clinical pathways and processes, ultimately improving patient outcomes. She was instrumental in developing delivery and adoption methodologies for Watson Health Solutions as well as incorporating real-world evidence to support solution enhancement. Dedicated to the digital transformation of healthcare based on science, her current role allows her to continue supporting healthcare delivery with the cognitive power of Watson Health solutions.

Ms. Callanta earned her BSN at Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota and was in active nursing practice at several large organizations including University of Iowa, St. Luke’s Health in Kansas City and Providence St. Joseph Health.

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Lecture languages



AI ApplicationHealthcareMedical

Duration options

1 hour

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In-countryNo travel required: On DemandOn DemandOutside of country: Open for discussionRemote via video conference


United States

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