Dr. Isaac Kohane is the Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Marion V. Nelson Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School. Over the last 30 years, Dr. Kohane’s research agenda has been driven by the vision of what biomedical researchers could do to find new cures, provide new diagnoses and deliver the best care available if data could be converted more rapidly to knowledge and knowledge to practice.
Understanding medicine and biomedical research as information-processing disciplines
There is a growing body of evidence that medicine as a system and doctors as leading agents of that system are not meeting the challenge of modern healthcare and biomedical discovery. This is evident in dramatic instances of large population shifts in morbidity, some iatrogenic that were largely unrecognized. It is also evident in the decision procedures that are poorly informed by sound principles of probability and current genetics. It is also exemplified by the process automation selected for healthcare and to support discovery science. I will describe these problems while outlining a variety of emerging technologies, policies and leading edge projects that are providing solutions that could involve the current healthcare and academic medical systems or might catalyze their disruption.