The coming week will be an exciting one for all of us here at AIMed because of a series of events that had been lined up for. First, AIMed webinar “Continuing the discussion for successful translation of AI (artificial intelligence) into clinical radiology”, supported by Pure Storage, will take place on 13 November (Wednesday) at 11 am (PST). 

Upcoming AIMed webinar 

As the title suggests, the webinar marks a continuation from its previous session “Breaking through the bottlenecks: Successful Translation of AI into clinical radiology”. Earlier, speakers Dr. Anthony Chang, Pediatric Cardiologist; Founder and Chairman of AIMed, and Chief Intelligence and Innovation Officer of Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC); Esteban Rubens, former Global Enterprise Imaging Principal of Pure Storage, R. Kent Hutson, Director of Imaging Informatics, Radiology Partners, and Samir Shah, Vice-President of Clinical Operations, Radiology Partners took turn to express the challenges that are hindering the real adoption of AI in clinical radiology. 

Some of them include the inability of radiologists to incorporate AI tools that require additional plug-ins or taking up additional study time, as a result of their rather speedy and hectic workload. Likewise, if the AI solutions cannot be seamlessly integrated into the existing PAC (Picture Archiving and Communication) system, it will be challenging for radiologists to show any interest, regardless of how effective or efficient they may be. Speakers encouraged a synergy between fellow clinicians and technologists, to bridge the gap between ideas and reality, and to address real and immediate needs. 

In the upcoming sessions, Emily Watkins, Solution Architect of Pure Storage; Tessa Cook, Assistant Professor of Radiology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; Samir S. Shah, Vice President of Clinical Operations, Radiology Partners, and Dr. Ross Filice, Chief of Imaging Informatics, Medstar, will continue their discussions on what contribute to a successful translation of AI into clinical radiology. Focusing specifically on topics that had yet to be discussed: obtaining the right data to train an AI algorithm, educating patients and the next generation of clinicians, whether existing regulations are sufficient to support new technologies and so on. 

Registration for this webinar is now open and more details can be obtained here.

AIMed Australia 

Next, AIMed Australia, one of AIMed’s flagship events of the year, will take place on 12 and 13 November at Hilton Sydney. The event also marks our first collaboration with Best Case Scenario (BCS), a leading events management company based in New South Wales. Some of the sessions which attendees could look forward to are: 

  • An overview of the latest innovation in AI and data science in Australia 

When: Tuesday, November 12th2019 (15:25 – 16:10) 

Three speakers will take turn to present how they have moved from research to practical case studies in the use of AI and data science in different sub-specialty of medicine. This is closely followed by a Question and Answer section to facilitate interactions between speakers and attendees. 

Dr. Johan Verjans, Cardiologist, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Deputy Director, Medical Machine Learning, Australian Institute for Machine Learning and Platform Leader AI, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) will kick start by discussing whether AI is augmenting or replacing the work of doctors. 

Associate Professor Blanca Gallego Luxan from Centre for Big Data Research in Health will explore if medical researchers could be substituted by computers. Dr. Denis Bauer, Head of Cloud Computing, Bioinformatics, CSIRO, will share some of the cloud-native machine learning inspired innovations. 

Q&A session moderator: 

Simon Kos. Chief Executive Officer, Next Practice. 

  • Are we ready for AI – exploring the complex themes of ethics, data and safety 

When: Tuesday, November 12th2019 (16:10 – 16:55) 

A panel discussion on the use of actionable clinical data in the creation of AI solutions and patients’ privacy and safety, as well as the ethical concerns around the use of AI and how should existing or new regulations address the issue of liability. 

Session moderator: 

Dr. Ian Opperman. Chief Data Scientist and Chief Executive Officer, New South Wales Data Analytics Centre 


Associate Professor Narinder Singh. Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Sydney and Head of Department, Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Westmead Hospital, Sydney. 

Dr. Luke Oakden-Rayner. Director of Research, Medical Imaging, Royal Adelaide Hospital and Researcher, Australian Institute for Machine Learning. 

Ellen Broad. Senior Fellow, 3A Institute. 

  • What’s good and not good in AI in medicine?

When: Wednesday, November 13th2019 (09:15 – 09:30) 

A keynote session by Professor Enrico Coiera, Professor of Medical Informatics, Macquarie University and Director of the Centre for Health Informatics, Australian Institute of Health Innovation. After a long and reputable career in digital health and health systems science, Professor Coiera, an influential leader on national e-health strategies, is going to address the pros and cons of using AI in medicine. 

  • What’s next for AI in Australia? 

When: Wednesday, November 13th2019 (14:00 – 15:00) 

A panel discussion to round up the inaugural AIMed Australia and also touch upon some of the trends and upcoming plans of medical/ healthcare related AI and new technologies in the region. 

Session moderators: 

Dr. Anthony Chang. Pediatric Cardiologist; Founder and Chairman of AIMed, and Chief Intelligence and Innovation Officer of Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). 

Professor Enrico Coiera. Professor of Medical Informatics, Macquarie University and Director of the Centre for Health Informatics, Australian Institute of Health Innovation. 


Professor Karin Verspoor. Biomedical/Health informatics, University of Melbourne. 

Professor Wendy Rogers. Professor of Clinical Ethics (CoRE), Department of Philosophy, Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics (CAVE), Macquarie University. 

Dr. Michael Costello. Working Group Co-Chairs, Australian Digital Health Agency and Co-Chair Consumer Flagship, Australian Alliance for AI in Healthcare. 

Professor Lyle Palmer. Professor of Translational Health Science, University of Adelaide. 

Dr. Kathleen Gray. Associate Professor of Health Informatics, University of Melbourne. 

You may find out more about AIMed Australia and register for your interest here or follow us on TwitterFacebookInstagramYouTube and LinkedIn for the latest updates. 

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Hazel Tang

A science writer with data background and an interest in the current affair, culture, and arts; a no-med from an (almost) all-med family. Follow on Twitter.