Daily Briefing – July 24, 2019

“The AI technology company BlackThorn joins a consortium to develop predictive models for neurobehavioral disorder clinical trial inclusion criteria.”

“NEW YORK CITY—Back when Shez Partovi, M.D., was chief digital officer at health system Dignity Health—a California nonprofit system that combined with Catholic Health Initiatives earlier this year to form CommonSpirit Health—his main focus was figuring out how to use technology to create a smoother experience for both patients and physicians. It’s a problem health systems are notoriously bad at, he said. “If you’ve ever had to log into a healthcare organization’s website and give all your health insurance information, it’s an arduous process and full of friction,” Partovi told FierceHealthcare. A physician and neuroradiologist by training, Partovi said he developed a passion for removing that friction and went on to launch several health IT companies. When Amazon Web Services (AWS) came knocking last year, he saw an opportunity to combine his clinical, entrepreneurial and digital experience, he said. “It was an opportunity that I had to jump on,” he said. Since November, Partovi has been leading AWS’ healthcare and life sciences division as worldwide director of business development. He works with healthcare organizations to use cloud computing, artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve clinical and operational processes. Partovi spoke with FierceHealthcare during the recent AWS Summit in New York City about the future of cloud computing in healthcare, the potential of AI and machine learning and where he thinks AWS can make the biggest impact in healthcare.”