In this episode, we sit with Dr. Karim Galil, the founder, and CEO of Mendel.AI, an artificial intelligence-powered platform that extracts insights from medical records to improve patient outcomes. Dr. Galil shares his journey from practicing medicine to becoming a tech entrepreneur and AI’s role in making healthcare more data-driven. He discusses the challenges of subjective medical practices and the potential for AI to learn from every patient’s journey.
Dr. Galil explains that symbolic AI is more focused on teaching machines fundamentals of logic, rules, and concepts, while machine learning is more focused on learning from patterns. He gives an example of the opioid crisis, where a machine learning model would learn that opioids are great because humans are prescribing them, while a symbolic system would understand what opioids are and what the best options are. In the process of building AI in healthcare, Mendel.AI has used both symbolic AI and machine learning. Dr. Galil also discusses the challenges of talent acquisition in the AI industry and how the economy can impact AI talent availability. He emphasizes the importance of hiring talent with grit, curiosity, and coachability and the benefits of hiring mid-level to junior talent to assist the genius.
Mendel.AI is a healthcare platform that uses symbolic AI and machine learning to provide personalized treatment plans for patients. The platform reads every medical record and encounter between patients and healthcare systems to help physicians make more objective decisions. Mendel.AI works with big pharmaceuticals, payers, and data companies to help them read their data and glean insights to make better decisions. The platform can help pharmaceutical companies understand which patients respond better to what drug and in what occasions, and payers can decide whether to cover a certain medication or not. Mendel.AI uses domain experts to learn from, rather than just data, and can help pharmaceutical companies discontinue drugs that are not effective and optimize their drug offerings.
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