Niels Peek

3:30 ­- 4:00: (30 min)

Opportunities and Challenges of Learning Health Systems

Health systems worldwide are under pressure to deliver better care for more people from fewer resources. The global economic crisis has shrunk the resources available for healthcare but the growth in demand for care services continues unabated. "Learning Health Systems" is a novel health informatics paradigm that blends quality improvement methods with data science. The goal is to create an integrated health system which harnesses routinely-collected health data to learn from every patient, and feed the knowledge of “what works best” back to clinicians, public health professionals, patients, and other stakeholders to create cycles of continuous improvement. In this talk we dissect the new paradigm and explore its opportunities and challenges for data scientists.

Speaker Bio

Niels Peek is Associate Professor of Health Informatics at the Health e-Research Centre, The University of Manchester, UK. He has a background in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence. His research focuses on data-driven informatics methods for healthcare quality improvement, data mining for healthcare, predictive models, and clinical computerised decision support. He is director of the Greater Manchester Connected Health City, which is part of the £20M "Health North" investment to establish a learning health system in the North of England. Dr. Peek has co-authored more than 125 peer-reviewed scientific publications. Previously based at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, he led the “CARDSS” initiative, a collaboration between academic partners, professional and patient organisations in cardiac rehabilitation, and industry partners which led to the introduction of computerised decision support in 40 Dutch hospitals and national quality standards for cardiac rehabilitation. He is currently the President of the Society for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIME), and a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association and the Journal of Biomedical Informatics. In 2017, he will co-chair the Scientific Programme Committee of MEDINFO-2017, the 16th World Congress on Health and Biomedical Informatics.