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48: Understanding Digital Health, with John Halamka, M.D., M.S., President, Mayo Clinic Platform

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48: Understanding Digital Health, with John Halamka, M.D., M.S., President, Mayo Clinic Platform

In this episode, Gary speaks with John Halamka, M.D., M.S., President, Mayo Clinic Platform. Their conversation explores investments in data, how advanced medical AI is today in augmenting physician practice,…
February 10, 2022

48: Understanding Digital Health, with John Halamka, M.D., M.S., President, Mayo Clinic Platform

Meet John Halamka, M.D., M.S.:

John Halamka, M.D., M.S. is an Emergency Medicine physician and the president of Mayo Clinic Platform. He has authored a number of books on technology and healthcare. Additionally, He and his wife run Unity Farm Sanctuary in Sherborn, Massachusetts. Prior to Mayo Clinic, Dr. Halamka was Chief Information Officer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He received his M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco and earned an M.S. in Medical Informatics from Harvard University.

Key Insights:

John Halamka, M.D., M.S. is an expert in digital health and information technology. He provides a vision of AI’s potential, and the challenges healthcare will need to consider. 

  • Investments in Data. Mayo Clinic Platform’s business partnerships will explore new ways to gather and clean data, analyze models, and deliver clinical results while maintaining patient privacy. (8:49)
  • How Advanced is AI? While the technology is advanced, with a variety of machine learning tools, we currently lack proper policy guardrails to determine best practice for AI. Additionally, many patients feel suspicious of algorithms making healthcare decisions. (14:09)
  • Augmenting Physician Practice. As an emergency physician, Dr. Halamka notes that there are approximately 800 papers in his field published every day. A single physician can’t keep up, but AI has the potential to integrate vast data streams to improve clinical decision making. (26:31)

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