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Oct 17, 2018

Dr. Roy Smythe to speak at WebSummit 2018 about how AI is set to augment doctors

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Join Philips at the WebSummit HealthConf session “AI needs to see a doctor”

Is artificial intelligence out to replace ‘real’ doctors? Will AI dehumanize healthcare? These are central questions WebSummit has asked Dr. Roy Smythe, Chief Medical Officer Strategy and Partnerships at Philips, to answer during a fireside session on the HealthConf stage at this year’s Websummit in Lisbon. 


Roy is a physician and an expert on topics such as connected health and artificial intelligence. He will discuss how AI is one of the technologies that will offer unprecedented opportunities to transform healthcare – how AI can be used to create user experiences that are intelligent and adaptive to the context and the needs of people. This will help clinicians to provide truly personalized care and empower patients to manage their health in better ways. We may be overestimating the power of AI in medicine in the short term, but we are assuredly underestimating its future potential. Roy firmly believes that AI will also be at the core of future virtual care networks, helping to allocate human and technology resources in much smarter ways and improving access to care across the globe. He will touch on some of the first examples already being realized. 


Roy will be joined on stage by Hannah Allen, Medical Director of Babylon Health. The session will be moderated by Georgia Frances King, Editor at tech magazine Quartz. 

Event information:

  • Name event: WebSummit
  • Where: Altice Arena Lisbon, Portugal
  • Date: Thursday, 8 November 2018
  • Time: 2:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. CET
  • Website: 
  • Social Hashtag: #WebSummit

Speaker information:

  • Name speaker: Roy Smythe, M.D.
  • Role: Chief Medical Officer, Strategy and Partnerships, Philips


Short introduction: Dr. Roy Smythe is part of the Global Medical Leadership team at Philips. As a physician, innovator, strategist and author, Roy has deep clinical knowledge and a wealth of experience in leading technological innovation programs supporting integrated health systems in their transition to value-based care.

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