Computer Science Guest Speaker Series: Application of AI and OR in Primary Health Care

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Friday, February 26, 2021 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm EST
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Rachael Wang
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Guest Speaker Series Presented By:

Dr. Samira Rahimi
"Application of AI and OR in Primary Health Care"

Friday, February 26, 2021
12:00 pm

In health care systems, individuals need to make (often complex) decisions in different levels (micro, meso and macro levels). Artificial intelligence (AI) and operations research (OR) are showing promises in different industries including health care. Data-driven and model-driven techniques obtained from AI and OR have been developed to facilitates making high quality, evidence informed decisions in health care. However, they have been rarely implemented in clinical practice. The overall aim of this presentation is to give an overview of applications of these methods in primary health care, highlight some lessons learned in clinical practice, and present results of some of ongoing projects (led by Dr. Rahimi) on use of AI/OR in clinical practice.

Dr. Samira Rahimi Eng. Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University, affiliated scientist at Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research of the Jewish General Hospital, and academic member of Mila—Quebec AI Institute. She is FRQS Junior 1 Research Scholar in human-centered AI in primary health care. Her work as Principal Investigator has been funded by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Roche Canada, Brocher Foundation (Switzerland), and the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR)-Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). With an interdisciplinary background, Dr. Rahimi is interested in the development and implementation of clinical decision support tools and patient decision aids, as well as integrating human-centered AI tools in primary health care. She specializes in computational intelligence, decision making, and applied operational research in health care.

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