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Kimberly Powell

Kimberly Powell

What healthcare challenges can be solved with AI?

Artificial intelligence, a lot of people think about it in this sexy way of, I can diagnose something better than a human. But there’s just an incredible amount of potential in the efficiency of the way that we deliver healthcare. If you could have artificial intelligence algorithms just running in the background, screening for these kind of deadly diseases, that’s a preventative measure right there. How can you know somebody’s genetic disposition for cardiac disease, and be able to potentially witness an atrial fibrillation and intervene with that patient before they potentially get into a state of stroke or heart attack? How do you ensure that you got a quality image and how do you then process that image and measure the anatomy of that image and present that information to a radiologist in a meaningful way. Those are all very high touch, susceptible to error tasks that need to go on in order for you to get the best quality image to the radiologist to understand what your diagnosis and treatment path will be. Another example is looking at no-show data in the radiology department. If you could predict that there would be a no show you could either even call that person a second time to remind them, or fill the slot so that you don’t lose that $500 per exam.

Why should the healthcare system embrace AI?

Healthcare and biology are some of the biggest data of our time. It’s the messy data. It has to be an artificial intelligence problem, just by the nature of the amount of data, the variety of that data, and how we’re going to go off and integrate it. And as we are on this journey towards precision medicine, there’s really no other approach than to use artificial intelligence.

What is NVIDIA's future in healthcare and technology?

Nvidia has been creating a computing platform for the scientists of our time to be able to achieve things that we’ve never been able to do before. Healthcare is at this inflection point where we continue to just add new sensors, create new data that are sources for preventative medicine, diagnostics, and even drug discovery. Now is the time when we can take all of the last 25 years of technology that we’ve built, whether it be from computer graphics, simulation, accelerated computing, and now artificial intelligence, and put all of those technologies to work into an area where there is no governing equation. It’s so complex. It’s the definition of messy data. No one human is the same. Healthcare will be the biggest computing industry of the future.

What advice do you have for others in the field?

Continuously look around you for what are some of the weak signals and really understand them to a point where you can take action on them, and start spreading the word to others, and evangelizing the idea. What we do at Nvidia is we are in enablement platform. We’re enabling the entire healthcare industry to understand artificial intelligence and make it work for the applications that are going to get us to precision medicine.


Kimberly Powell, vice president of healthcare at NVIDIA, explains to J.P. Morgan how artificial intelligence can facilitate the delivery of efficient healthcare, from identifying preventative measures, diagnostics and drug discovery.