van der Schaar Lab

Revolutionizing Healthcare: getting ML-powered tools in the hands of clinicians

The van der Schaar Lab’s tenth Revolutionizing Healthcare engagement session for clinicians took place virtually on September 29, 2021.

In this session, Mihaela van der Schaar and a panel of 4 international clinicians discussed the importance of bridging the gap between ideas and implementation in machine learning for healthcare.

Our panel for this session consisted of:
  • Ari Ercole, MD PhD (Consultant in anesthesia & intensive care; deputy chief clinical informatics officer, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Eoin McKinney, MD PhD (University lecturer in renal medicine, University of Cambridge; Honorary consultant in nephrology and transplantation, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Lucas Fleuren (PhD candidate, Artificial Intelligence, Laboratory for Critical Care Computational Intelligence, Amsterdam UMC; Resident, Department of Intensive Care Medicine, Amsterdam UMC)
  • Carsten Niemann, MD PhD (Associate professor and consultant, head of CLL Laboratory, Rigshospitalet; Chair of Nordic CLL Study Group)

In the first part of the session, Mihaela and the clinicians showed how machine learning can help clinicians estimate individualized treatment effects, using a working demonstrator to show real-world case studies from the ICU setting. The latter part of the session featured a clinician roundtable, during which the panelists discussed different approaches to ensuring that clinicians can make full use of machine learning models.

Introduction – 0:00
Declaration of interests – 0:40
Session overview – 1:30
Meet the roundtable panelists – 3:42
Presentation by Mihaela: “Getting ML-powered tools into the hands of clinicians” – 5:30
Eoin McKinney: average treatment effects vs. individualized treatment effects – 13:17
Eoin McKinney: ICU case studies in the Clairvoyance demonstrator – 30:02
Lucas Fleuren: ICU case studies in the Clairvoyance demonstrator – 48:00
Evgeny Saveliev: overview of Clairvoyance & Clairvoyance demonstrator – 55:00
Roundtable topic 1: proving causal links without relying on RCTs – 58:36
Roundtable topic 2: applying existing tools to new clinical domains – 1:03:56
Roundtable topic 3: improvements and next steps – 1:10:11
Intro to next sessions and note on CPD credits – 1:15:34

NOTE: This information was up-to-date at the time of the presentation but does not take into account material published since then.

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Nick Maxfield

Nick oversees the van der Schaar Lab’s communications, including media relations, content creation, and maintenance of the lab’s online presence.

Nick studied Japanese (BA Hons.) at the University of Oxford, graduating in 2012. Nick previously worked in HQ communications roles at Toyota (2013-2016) and Nissan (2016-2020).

Given his humanities/languages background and experience in communications, Nick is well-positioned to highlight and explain the real-world impact of research that can often be quite esoteric. Thankfully, he is comfortable asking almost endless questions in order to understand a topic.