AI for COVID-19: An Online Virtual Care Approach

Friday, May 22, 2020 - 1:25pm - 2:25pm
With half of the world’s population lacking access to healthcare services, and 30% of the adult population in the US having inadequate health insurance coverage to get even basic access to services, it should have been clear that a pandemic like COVID-19 would strain the global healthcare system way over its maximum capacity. In this context, many are trying to embrace and encourage the use of telehealth as a way to provide safe and convenient access to care. However, telehealth in itself can not scale to cover all our needs unless we improve scalability and efficiency through AI and automation.

In this talk, we will describe how our work on combining latest AI advances with medical experts and online access has the potential to change the landscape in healthcare access and provide 24/7 quality healthcare. Combining areas such as NLP, vision, and automatic diagnosis we can augment and scale doctors. We will describe our work on combining expert systems with deep learning to build state-of-the-art medical diagnostic models that are also able to model the unknowns. We will also show our work on using language models for medical Q&A . More importantly, we will describe how those approaches have been used to address the urgent and immediate needs of the current pandemic.

Xavier Amatriain is co-founder/CTO of Curai, a startup using AI to scale the world’s best healthcare to every human being. Prior to this, he was VP of Engineering at Quora, and Research/Engineering Director at Netflix, where he led the team building the famous Netflix recommendation algorithms. Before going into leadership positions in industry, Xavier was a researcher in both academia and industry. With over 50 publications in different fields, Xavier is best known for his work on machine learning in general and recommender systems in particular. He has lectured at different universities both in the US and Spain and is frequently invited as a speaker and senior committee member at conferences.