• Guest of Honour

    Ms CHAN Lai Fung

    Permanent Secretary

    National Research and Development


    Agency for Science, Technology and Research

  • Speakers' Profile

    Omar Badawi, PharmD, MPH, FCCM

    is the Head of Health Data Science and AI in the Philips Patient Care Analytics business and leads the research for developing and validating product-related predictive algorithms and decision support tools. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and Research Affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned a Master in Public Health degree with a focus in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and is currently the Program Manager for the Philips eICU Research Institute which supports collaborative research between industry, academia and clinicians using de-identified clinical data representing over 6 million ICU patients. Dr. Badawi is also a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine.

    Adrian Velasquez MD MPH

    is the Medical Director of the Intensive Care Unit for Newport Hospital. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University. His Master of Public Health from The Dartmouth Institute was focused on quality improvement, healthcare administration and health care finance. His research interests have included clinical informatics, which he worked on at the Laboratory of Computational Physiology in MIT. He has been the lead in various quality improvement projects using electronic health records. Adrian is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine and Preventive Medicine/General Public Health. He uses his Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt Certification to help him better apply improvement projects to the healthcare industry. Dr Velasquez's leadership roles at his Institution include acting as a member of the Board of Trustees. He is also part of leadership committees in the American Thoracic Society and American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Dr Velasquez also runs a solo healthcare consulting practice.

    David Pilcher​

    is an Intensive Care Specialist at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. He trained in respiratory and general medicine in the UK before moving to Australia in 2002 to undertake training in Intensive Care Medicine. His interests include organ donation, lung transplantation, ECMO, severity adjustment of ICU outcomes, ICU performance monitoring and the epidemiology of Intensive Care medicine. He is the Chairman of the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) Centre for Outcome and Resource Evaluation (CORE) which runs the bi-National critical care registries. He is a medical advisor to DonateLife in Victoria. He is also an Adjunct Clinical Professor with the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Monash University.

    Asst Prof Leo Anthony Celi​ (MIT)

    has practiced medicine in three continents, giving him broad perspectives in healthcare delivery. As clinical research director and principal research scientist at the MIT Laboratory for Computational Physiology (LCP), and as an attending physician at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), he brings together clinicians and data scientists to support research using data routinely collected in the process of care. His group built and maintains the public-access Medical Information Mart for Intensive Care (MIMIC) database, which holds clinical data from over 60,000 stays in BIDMC intensive care units (ICU). It is an unparalleled research resource; over 5000 investigators from more than 70 countries have free access to the clinical data under a data use agreement. In 2016, LCP partnered with Philips eICU Research Institute to host the eICU database with more than 2 million ICU patients admitted across the United States.

    Leo also founded and co-directs Sana, a cross-disciplinary organization based at the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science at MIT, whose objective is to leverage information technology to improve health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries. He is one of the course directors for HST.936 – global health informatics to improve quality of care, and HST.953 – collaborative data science in medicine, both at MIT. He is an editor of the textbook for each course, both released under an open access license. The textbook “Secondary Analysis of Electronic Health Records” came out in October 2016 and was downloaded more the 100,000 times in the first year of publication. The massive open online course HST.936x “Global Health Informatics to Improve Quality of Care” was launched under edX in February 2017. Finally, Leo has spoken in 25 countries about the value of data in improving health outcomes.

    Guotong Xie​

    Ph.D, PingAn Group Chief Healthcare Scientist

    is leading the R&D of PingAn Health Technology. Making AI as the core technology and PingAn Cloud as the foundation, PingAn Health Tech builds the end-to-end healthcare solution which includes disease prediction, smart triage and pre-diagnosis, smart imaging, clinical decision support system (CDSS) and personalized patient management. PingAn Health Tech has set up the collaboration with many provinces & city level governments and has deployed the solutions in hundreds of health providers. Before joining PingAn, Dr Xie was the director of IBM Research China cognitive healthcare department and co-lead the IBM global healthcare strategy. He has more than 15 years in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and applying the technologies in healthcare areas. He has published more than 50 papers in top international conferences and obtained more than 40 patents. He has obtained IBM outstanding awards three times and was granted the best IBMer in 2016.