Zoya Retiwalla | TRP | December 6, 2019
“There are products that can have a real impact but then whether the product has an impact on the masses and brings revenue are important considerations. Plugs can be pulled if the impact and returns aren’t strong,” Dr. Muhammad Mamdani had said at the TR Talk we hosted in the first week of December 2019. Being a strong advocate of impactful innovation, he has set out to revolutionize hospital care with artificial intelligence.
Mamdani who is a professor at the Faculty of Medicine and the founding director of the Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Care Analytics Research and Training (LKS-CHART), that the wait times at hospitals need to be reduced for improving healthcare. He believes that artificial intelligence can help in addressing this problem.
According to him, the first step is to make transformative changes in healthcare, it is essential to break silos. His faith is in people, “a lot of people forget that your initial resource is not money, it’s people. Collaborations are the key to research.” Mamdani has been collaborating with engineers, statisticians, clinicians, computer scientists and administrators at St. Michael’s Hospital to use innovations in data analytics to advance patient care.
He encourages the U of T Medicine community to continue to push further with collaboration among different departments and faculties. In a recent article published by the University of Toronto – the Faculty of Medicine elucidates his research and attempts in the advancement of patient care in terms of wait times. You can read more about this here.