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Figuring It Out


Apr 4, 2019

I never thought I was a technology or ‘data’ person, but what I’ve learned is that big data, AI, and the rapid advancement of technology, when used properly and with care can change the world for the better. Today's guest has had an expansive career highlighting the impact technology and big data can have on healthcare. 

Dr. Selanikio has consulted and/or spoken at Davos, Foo Camp, WHO, UNICEF, IFRC, Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Google, DARPA, CNN, Fox News, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Royal Society of Medicine, and for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry – and has been profiled by the Guardian, Wired, Forbes, TED, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, the BBC, NPR, Information Week, and the Washington Post, among many other publications.

An emergency responder and former CDC epidemiologist and outbreak investigator, in December 2014 - January 2015, he was the lead physician at the IMC Ebola Treatment Center at Lunsar, Sierra Leone. As an officer of the Public Health Service, Dr. Selanikio served as Chief of Operations for the HHS Secretary's Emergency Command Center after the 9/11 attacks. In 2005, he was given the Haverford Award for Humanitarian Service for his work in treating tsunami victims in Aceh.

In our conversation we discuss:

  • What consumerization of technology means.
  • The phenomenon of big data.
  • How AI is enhancing how we use it.
  • How a microphone could help us learn if we have pneumonia.
  • Why teenagers today are more powerful than NASA in the 1960’s.
  • How technology can help us lower healthcare costs.
  • Some surprising facts on government technology.
  • Why you don’t have to be an expert to think strategically, problem solve and make a change.