IH and MIT SafePaths Insight Series

 

Coordinating a national pandemic response with smartphone apps for citizens: micros aggregation whilst maintaining privacy

 

A conversation with Bakul Patel, Associate Centre Director for Digital Health at the FDA and Dr. Ramesh Raskar, Associate Professor at MIT Media Lab, moderated by Deepti Pahwa, Communications Strategy, PathCheck (MIT SafePaths), Stanford GSB to discuss what a national pandemic preparedness strategy could look like, when using digital contact tracing apps.

 

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Join Intelligent Health on Friday 17th July at 10am ET/ 4pm CET as we reveal the second episode in our free webinars with MIT SafePaths (Insights Series) as part of our Going Viral webinar series. A conversation with Bakul Patel, Associate Centre Director for Digital Health at the FDA and Dr. Ramesh Raskar, Associate Professor at MIT Media Lab, moderated by Deepti Pahwa, Communications Strategy, PathCheck (MIT SafePaths), Stanford GSB to discuss what a national pandemic preparedness strategy could look like, when using digital contact tracing apps.

Dr. Ramesh Raskar will give an update on progress with Pathcheck, a free, open-source, privacy-by-design tools for individuals, public health officials and larger communities to flatten the curve of COVID-19, reduce fear and prevent a surveillance-stage response to the pandemic. Followed by a candid conversation with Bakul Patel on the micro and macro analysis of data driven pandemics and the regulation of digital apps. In this special webinar, they will discuss:

 

  • What should the standard be for regulating digital contact tracing apps in a privacy preserving manner?
  • How can you create decentralised AI to learn from the movements of individuals without violating their privacy?
  • What could a local, national and broader global policy strategy look like when dealing with a pandemic of this size?
  • What could be an alternatively regulated pathway for AI software based technology?

 

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SPEAKERS

BAKUL PATEL
Associate Centre Director for Digital Health
FDA
BAKUL PATEL
Associate Centre Director for Digital Health
FDA

Bakul Patel is Associate Director for Digital Health, at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Mr. Patel leads regulatory policy and scientific efforts at the Center in areas related to emerging and converging areas of medical devices, wireless and information technology. This includes responsibilities for mobile health, health information technology, cyber security, medical device interoperability, and medical device software. 
 

Mr. Patel is the FDA liaison between the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC). Since its inception in 2013, Bakul chairs the International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF) “software as a medical device” working group, a global harmonization effort.

Before joining FDA, Mr. Patel held key leadership positions working in the telecommunications industry, semiconductor capital equipment industry, wireless industry and information technology industry. His experience includes Lean Six Sigma, creating long and short-term strategy, influencing organizational change, modernizing government systems, and delivering high technology products and services in fastpaced, technology-intensive organizations.
 

Mr. Patel earned an MS in Electronic Systems Engineering from the University of Regina, Canada, and an MBA in International Business from The Johns Hopkins University.

DR. RAMESH RASKAR
Associate Professor | MIT Media Lab 
Founder & Chairman | PathCheck Foundation (MIT SafePaths)  
     
DR. RAMESH RASKAR
Associate Professor | MIT Media Lab 
Founder & Chairman | PathCheck Foundation (MIT SafePaths)  
     

Ramesh is an Associate Professor at MIT Media Lab and inventor of a camera to see around corners for which he received the 2016 Lemelson–MIT Prize. He holds 90+ US patents, and the books he has co-authored include, Spatial Augmented Reality, Computational Photography, and 3D Imaging; appeared in NYTimes, CNN, BBC, NewScientist, TechnologyReview, and several technology news websites; and has worked on special research projects at Google [X], Facebook, Apple. He is co-founder of EyeNetra and several other companies

DEEPTI PAHWA
Communications Strategy
PathCheck (MIT SafePaths), Stanford GSB
DEEPTI PAHWA
Communications Strategy
PathCheck (MIT SafePaths), Stanford GSB

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