The Symposium on Artificial Intelligence for Learning Health Systems (SAIL) is a new annual international conference exploring the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) techniques into clinical medicine. SAIL, which will be held in Hamilton, Bermuda on April 27-29, 2020, provides a forum for clinicians, clinical informaticians and AI researchers to discuss approaches and challenges to using these approaches in the healthcare domain.
Researchers from the fields of clinical informatics and machine learning have been concerned for decades with bridging the gap between quantitative research and clinical practice. Less appreciated, perhaps, is a potential disconnect between the communities of clinical informatics and machine learning researchers themselves. Clinical informaticians, for their part, have unique experience integrating their tools within hospital IT systems, and working with administrators, privacy policies, and quality improvement officers. Computer scientists, for their part, have frequently spearheaded the development of novel methodological tools and high-performance computing. Both of these research communities seek to work effectively with clinicians, who provide important domain expertise and interaction with patients. One explicit goal of this conference is to foster the translation of AI to the clinic by catalyzing collaborations that leverage the strengths of all three of these communities. A second goal is to facilitate discussion among diverse stakeholders- the three communities described above as well as funders and decision makers around the non-technical barriers to better care through AI.
Registration will open in November 2019. The inaugural Program Committee of SAIL is led by Jessie Tenenbaum (Duke), Jason Moore (UPenn), Nicholas Tatonetti (Columbia), Suchi Saria (Johns Hopkins), and Isaac Kohane (Harvard).