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Bart De Witte's speaking fee falls within range: $15,000 to $20,000
Intrepreneur, Bart De Witte is dedicated to resolving inequalities in healthcare via emerging technologies. The award-winning digital healthcare leader is the founder of AI HIPPO, the first global nonprofit to focus on open sourced medical AI. An in-demand consultant and mentor, de Witte has been involved with dozens of companies across 26 countries.
De Witte is the founder of The DHealth Academy in Berlin, Germany. The DHealth Academy aims to cultivate a digital culture in the health field by training healthcare professionals in groundbreaking technology. De Witte is also a faculty member at futur/io Institute, a German research institution developing transformative data-driven medical technologies.
Previously, De Witte was the Director of Digital Health for IBM, where he spearheaded the company’s development of healthcare technologies for almost a decade.
Bart de Witte is a leading and renowned expert on digital transformation in healthcare in Europe, but also one of the most progressive thought leaders in his field. He is the founder of the Berlin-based non-profit the HIPPO AI Foundation.
He constantly challenges the status quo and encourages us to rethink our digital economy to create a more equitable and sustainable world, where health inequities are a thing of the past.
He is an author and an advisor to several companies and startups specialising in digital health and gives regularly lectures at various business universities in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria and China.
Health tech expert, Bart De Witte gives us a glimpse at the spectacular opportunities data science and machine learning are creating in health care, and how this will reinvent the field as we know it. One of the most major pivots he notes, is that healthcare will become more data-driven since deep learning's accuracy rate has overtaken that of experts.
One of the challenges that the standard knowledge-based healthcare system has long faced is human bias: medical academics may often let their bias, ie, ownership in certain companies, sway what they're publishing. AI, on the other hand, helps remove that bias and gets better results. For example, in a population of 370,000 cardio patients that de Witte discusses, the increased accuracy of deep learning in comparison to the golden standard, would have saved 355 more lives. "That means that knowledge-based systems as we see today," De Witte summarizes, "is going to disappear and it's going to be data-driven and not knowledge-driven."
Digital health pioneer, Bart De Witte draws from 20 years in this emerging field to prepare audiences for the coming changes that will sweep healthcare systems globally. De Witte illustrates the current capabilities and applications of technologies such as Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Design Thinking, and Open Data. He addresses the barriers to innovation in healthcare, the digital transformation of the sector, and how AI could lead to a universal digital healthcare system.
Bart speaks on how we can create a more equitable society and a sustainable future for all of us, and we can shift from a scarcity towards and abundance mindset. Together with his clients he explores on how to encourage a culture of inclusive innovation, inspire teams to collaborate and innovate, future technologies and news ways to look at the opportunity digital medicine.
DEMOCRATISING AI IN HEALTHCARE
The future of healthcare will remain uncertain until we know precisely who owns the data collected by monitoring tools, the insights generated by artificial intelligence (and machine learning) applications, and the information related to medical diagnostics. The only two options before us are, in fact, open collaboration or privatization of healthcare.
Answers to these questions are provided by Bart de Witte, proven expert on digital transformation in healthcare and visionary in the field of AI medicine, in his impressive lecture.
What can you expect from this keynote?
Digitization is changing all areas of life, including medicine and our healthcare system. Innovations that are possible in this area have enormous potential to improve our lives. Imagine, for example, how artificial intelligence (AI) can provide new insights for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. It is fundamentally changing the way we do research in medicine, how we develop medicines, and how we will deliver healthcare in the future. The foundation for future innovation for AI researchers is access to big data. Much of this data comes from us humans. What happens when capital, rather than public science, determines who can collect the most data? Is that still democratic? Who benefits from the insights we gain from the data?
SUSTAINABLE HEALTH 2050
Digital health solutions and health information technology are systematically changing the way healthcare is delivered in the 21st century. But can digital health solutions also be used to implement Ecologically Sustainable Health Promotion? As a sector with critical resource consumption, the healthcare sector itself contributes to global warming. In 2014, Germany was the fifth largest CO2 emitter worldwide for the healthcare sector. In this context, the healthcare-related CO2 footprint corresponded to a share of 6.7% of the CO2 footprint of Germany as a whole. Worldwide, the healthcare sector contributes more to climate change (4.4 percent of global pollutant emissions) than global air travel (three percent) or shipping (two percent). The increased transition to ecologically resilient social and economic systems in medicine is urgently needed. Regional economic and circular approaches help become more resilient and ecological, but they must be done from a global and sustainable perspective. The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted how patients can be diagnosed and treated online but also how 3D printing can be the foundation for a greener and more environmentally friendly future. 3D printing can reduce waste and inventory thanks to its ability to produce parts on demand. Bart de Witte gives an insight into current technological developments and takes his audience on a journey into the future, a future where medical consumables.
CAN ROBOTS BE SOCIAL?
Robots are expected to become the new workforce, filling the growing gap related to the shortage of doctors and nurses, for example. Humans build trusting relationships with machines when they understand our emotions and are able to respond adequately. How do robots respond when they become social? Are robots capable of feeling? Today’s Artificial Intelligence is very limited, and currently many development and product designers are using other psychological mechanisms to increase the utility of a particular technology. Social media, which is addictive because it is based on the simple principles of behavioral psychology and stimulation of a reward center in the brain, is a good example. But what happens if soon Synthetic Empathy will be the most powerful tool developers and entrepreneurs have ever had access to. What happens when we put the power of love in the box of god-like technologies and give it to 25-year-old nerds backed by venture capital? When the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz wanted a heart, he was told that a heart is not measured by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others. Algorithms are already today able to read our emotions much better than we humans, but since they have no consciousness, they will not have the ability to feel. The empathic behavior of a robot will be based on synthetic empathy, because robots will not have the ability to feel. What is the need for action to realize the optimal future?
“His insights combined with his humanistic view of the future of medicine were very eye opening”
“Bart’s presentation was remarkably thought-provoking”
“His keynote helped us to push our thinking in new areas for our business but also for society”
“Bart was one of our speakers at XPOMET. In addition to his lecture and participation in the Precision Medicine Alliance Congress, he organized and moderated a panel with top-class speakers on AI. In our survey, Bart was named most frequently in the question of the best speaker. Our visitors described his lectures as “exciting, authentic, realistic and futuristic” as well as “entertaining and with much depth and insight”, “inspiring and interesting”
-Lena Geppert, Expomet, Germany
“Bart is an excellent keynote speaker and shows true understanding in regards to the bottlenecks and hurdles of medical dataset acquisition for AI solutions in healthcare. I know for a fact that this is not easy, which Bart seamlessly reflects in his initiatives where the focus lies in enabling medtech start-ups to gain easy access to open datasets.”
-Ziyaad Jaber, Medical Doctor, M.Sc. in Neuropsychology and Neuroscience. Entrepeneur, The Netherlands
“Bart is a great keynote lecturer with a lot of knowledge of IT and technology for the healthcare market. He is a real story teller who is able to explain complex insights in a very simple way. Theaudience sticks to his lips”
-Rudy Maertens, CEO ALMA, Belgium
“Not only did Bart receive the best ratings with regard to the content and the methodology with his courses, but the personal remarks added to the student evaluations exceeded anything previously seen. “The course has been the absolute HIGHLIGHT of the Master’s program”, as well as “An exciting and new lecture with good prospects for the future”
-Prof Peter Mayer, University of applied Sciences, Burgenland, Austria
“Bart de Witte ist eine der mich am stärksten beeindruckenden Persönlichkeiten der aktuell ablaufenden digitalen Transformation. Bart vereint großes fachliches Wissen, eine herausragende didaktische Befähigung und – das ist eben das besondere – eine warme Menschlichkeit. Humanisierung als primäres Ziel der Digitalisierung, Bart verkörpert dieses Ziel! Vorbildfunktion!”
-Prof. Dr. Jochen A. Werner, President of the Board at University Hospital of Essen
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