Dr. Joel Selanikio
About Dr. Joel Selanikio - Award-Winning Physician, TED Speaker, Futurist, Emergency Responder, and Innovator:
Dr. Joel Selanikio bridges the worlds of healthcare, global health and technology to illustrate opportunities in the application of artificial intelligence (AI), big data, cloud computing, and mobile technology to health, healthcare, and social challenges. A former CDC outbreak investigator and Ebola clinic director, he also frequently speaks about the challenges of providing clinical services in “the hot zone”, and the role that technology (and humanity) can play in emergencies.
A recognized innovator in global health, technology, and social enterprise, his broad career has allowed him to observe and leverage the great technological changes of our time – including the worldwide shift from personal computers to mobile, the adoption of cloud technologies, and the growing application of big data to healthcare – as few others have done. Named in 2009 as one of Forbes’ “most powerful innovators”, he is a recipient of both the $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainable Innovation and the Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award for Healthcare for his work in healthcare technology. A TED speaker, he has spoken at or provided consultation to organizations including the Royal Society of Medicine, Harvard, Stanford School of Business, DARPA, the World Economic Forum at Davos, and Google – and been profiled by the Wall Street Journal, NPR, Economist, CNN, Fox News, and the BBC, among others.
Dr. Selanikio is a graduate of Haverford College and the Brown University School of Medicine, and he continues to practice pediatrics at Georgetown University.
What Dr. Joel Selanikio Talks About:
The Future of Healthcare (and Health)
How have technology developments, both recent and from long ago, affected the future of healthcare, and of health? In this talk, Dr. Selanikio discusses 100 years of information technology and its impact on health and healthcare. Drawing on the work of thinkers from science, business, and healthcare, Dr. Selanikio helps the audience navigate the possible futures of the industry.
Artificial Intelligence, Big Data & Health
From dire predictions of robots replacing doctors, to grand visions of big data transforming research and patient care, the “hype cycle” for artificial intelligence and big data is well underway. Dr. Selanikio helps the audience to see past the buzzwords and hype to understand what is happening, how it came to be, and what we can expect in coming years from these transformative developments.
Global Health in the Age of AI
Recent developments in information technology, especially mobile computing, have scaled more broadly than any previous tech — including to some of the poorest and most-remote regions of the world. This new technology can allow new technologies like AI to scale broadly, too. Dr. Selanikio — a physician, epidemiologist, and 25 year veteran of global health efforts around the world — provides deep insight into how this will change access to health expertise.
Collaboration in Science and Medicine
Starting with the “greatest scientific collaboration that never happened|” Dr. Selanikio reminds the audience of the very real consequences when collaboration is not possible, or not pursued — and discusses the dramatic increase in science and medicine collaboration made possible by recent technological advances.
Running the Hot Zone: Life in the Ebola Ward
In 2014-2015, Dr. Selanikio spent 6 weeks as the lead clinician at an Ebola Treatment Center in Lunsar Sierra Leone. He brings the audience into this world, discussing the challenges — physical, scientific, and administrative — of caring for those affected by a disease likely to kill both patient and caregiver.
Disruption, the Consumerization of Tech, and Healthcare IT
In our lifetimes we’ve moved from information technology being only in the realm of governments and corporations to our current situation: where the most advanced technology is the smartphone in your pocket. This has had enormous consequences in business, journalism, government, and the arts — but has not yet on health and healthcare. Dr. Selanikio explains why the advent of big data and AI means that this is about to change, dramatically changing our ideas about health.
He was just incredible from the beginning of our conversations, to the event presentation, to the post-event engagement with the audience. A wonderful professional to deal with. I would engage Joel at the next opportunity I have.
Senior Director, Biogen
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