Keynote Speaker


Max Topaz, PhD, RN, MA
Elizabeth Standish Gill Associate Professor of Nursing
Columbia University School of Nursing

Presentation title: Artificial intelligence in home healthcare: current trends and future directions

Abstract: Artificial intelligence technologies are reshaping the way clinical care is provided internationally. This presentation will overview several current trends of artificial intelligence in home healthcare with concrete examples of studies that being currently conducted to develop and implement a range of technologies. The presentation will review examples of automated clinical decision support that helps to identify high risk patients who should be prioritized for the first home healthcare nursing visits. In addition, the presentation will describe several ways in which patients who are deteriorating can be identified automatically, using routinely collected home healthcare

Bio: Dr. Maxim (Max) Topaz PhD, RN, MA is the Elizabeth Standish Gill Associate Professor of Nursing at the Columbia University School of Nursing. He is also affiliated with Columbia University Data Science Institute and the Center for Home Care Policy & Research at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. His research focusses on artificial intelligence and he finds innovative ways to use the most recent technological breakthroughs, like text or data mining, to improve human health. Dr. Topaz’s research moto is “Data for good”. Dr. Topaz is one of the pioneers in applying natural language processing on data generated by nurses. His current work focusses on developing artificial intelligence solutions to advance clinical decision making. In the past, Dr. Topaz was involved with health policy (national and international levels), leadership (e.g. Co-founder and Chair of the Students and Emerging Professionals Working Group of the International Medical Informatics Association) and health entrepreneurship. Dr. Topaz's clinical experience is in internal and urgent medicine. He earned his PhD degree as a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and his Masters and Bachelors degrees from the University of Haifa, Israel. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard Medical School and Brigham Women's Hospital. He served as a Senior Lecturer at the School of Nursing, University of Haifa (Israel) where he was heading a Health Information Technology Lab. He published more than sixty articles on topics related to health informatics and received numerous prestigious awards for his work.