A Devex event in partnership WITH the Novartis Foundation

Assessing AI maturity in health:

Maximizing the health impact of transformative technology

June 23, 2021

9 a.m. ET | 3 p.m. CET


Hosted by:

In partnership with:

The Novartis Foundation

About the Event

Even before health systems were overwhelmed by COVID-19, many were already facing challenges such as shortages of resources and health workers. But the pandemic has also highlighted just how efficiently health systems can respond to the needs of their population if decisions are made with the right data at hand. As we now face a syndemic — the convergence of several epidemics — access to data is critical to address the emerging needs of those around the globe facing disruption to care.

However, many countries still need to develop the necessary datasets and data infrastructure to make it available and usable. Governments who don’t, risk widening health inequities even further. Low- and middle-income countries have the most to gain from AI, but they also have the most to lose. Therefore, knowing where and how to invest already scarce resources to develop AI and data capacity is crucial. So how can LMICs best invest in AI?

Building on the 2020 report from the Broadband Commission Working Group on Digital and AI in Health, Reimagining Global Health through Artificial Intelligence: The Roadmap to AI Maturity, is a new free online assessment tool that has been developed to help decision makers identify where to best invest resources to enable successful deployment of impactful AI solutions in health. Without this awareness, they risk missing opportunities to leapfrog to the most effective health care solutions.

On Wednesday, June 23, Devex will host a virtual event in partnership with the Novartis Foundation to explore how countries can best use the tool, lessons learned so far, as well as gauging the potential impact strategic investments in AI could have on population health.

Devex and the Novartis Foundation have partnered around the HealthTech Dialogue Hub initiative. The Hub is a space to transform innovative ideas into impactful health and care solutions. It showcases lessons learned around technology-enabled innovations, hosts events, and facilitates ongoing dialogue between government leaders, health workers, and innovators.

Save your spot on Wednesday, June 23 at 9 a.m. ET | 3 p.m. CET


9:00 a.m. ET

Welcome & introduction

9:05 a.m. ET

Fireside chat – The AI in health maturity assessment tool: Why does it matter?

-Dr. Ann Aerts, Head, Novartis Foundation
-Dykki Settle, Chief Digital Officer, PATH

9:20 a.m. ET

Panel discussion

-Sunita Grote, Lead, UNICEF Ventures
-Hani Eskandar, Senior Coordinator – Digital Services, Telecommunication Development Bureau, International Telecommunication Union
-Dr. Yakob Seman, Director General, Medical Services, Ministry of Health, Ethiopia
-Antoine Sebera, Government Chief Innovation Officer, Rwanda Information Society Authority

9:55 a.m. ET

Closing remarks with Lucy Setian, Associate Director HealthTech Innovation, Novartis Foundation


Dr. Ann Aerts

Dr. Ann Aerts

Head, the Novartis Foundation

Dr. Ann Aerts is Head of the Novartis Foundation, an organization committed to transform the health of low-income populations, by leveraging the power of data, digital technology and artificial intelligence (AI) to reimagine health and care around the world. Ann holds a Degree in Medicine, a Masters in Public Health from the University of Leuven, Belgium, and a Degree in Tropical Medicine from the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium. Passionate about improving population health through data, digital and AI, Ann applies her relentless commitment to overcoming health inequities to pioneer solutions that can advance health and care globally. Ann chairs the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development Working Group on Digital and AI in Health and is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Commonwealth Centre for Digital Health. In 2018 Ann served as a member of the US National Academies of Science Engineering and Medicine Committee on Improving the Quality of Health Care Globally and sits on the US National Academies of Medicine Commission on Healthy Longevity. Ann has authored numerous publications on digital health and innovative approaches and multisector partnerships to address global health challenges.

Hani Eskandar

Hani Eskandar

Senior Coordinator – Digital Services, Telecommunication Development Bureau, International Telecommunication Union

Hani Eskandar is the Digital Services Senior Coordinator at the Digital Society Division of the Telecommunication Development Bureau of ITU. He is currently involved in providing assistance to several developing countries by advising on digital applications and services strategies and policies, assisting in implementing technical cooperation projects in areas of digital health, agriculture, governance and education. He has led the development of several guidelines and best practices reports on digital applications particularly on digital Health, digital Agriculture and digital Government. He is currently leading major joint programmes on digital health, digital agriculture, digital government, smart learning and smart villages in collaboration with several governments, UN agencies and other stakeholders.

Sunita Grote

Sunita Grote

Lead, UNICEF Ventures

Sunita Grote leads the Ventures team within UNICEF’s Office of Innovation and co-founded its Venture Fund. UNICEF Ventures explores how emerging frontier technology can accelerate results for the most marginalized children, including through investments in open source solutions from emerging markets. She steers UNICEF's co-leadership of the Digital Public Goods Alliance, a network of partners who collectively contribute to the discovery, development, and deployment of open source digital public goods. Sunita has a background in innovative financing and previously spent 10 years working in the global HIV and health response based mostly in the UK and in South Asia. She holds an MBA from INSEAD and lives in NYC with her partner and daughter.

Dykki Settle

Dykki Settle

Chief Digital Officer, PATH

Dykki Settle has more than 25 years of experience in leadership and development of digital technology, data systems, and their enabling environments in more than 20 countries and global organizations. He is PATH’s Chief Digital Officer and Director of PATH’s Center of Digital and Data Excellence, setting digital transformation strategy for the organization and leading more than 80 staff to deliver a global portfolio of digital and data projects and investments. Dykki is a Commissioner on the Lancet/Financial Times Governing Health Futures 2030 Commission, exploring the convergence of digital health, artificial intelligence (AI) and other frontier technologies with universal health coverage (UHC) to support attainment of the third Sustainable Development Goal (SDG). He also chairs the board of Digital Square, the USAID/BMGF-funded PATH-led flagship global project for digital health supporting more than 40 implementing partners and over 20 open source software global goods used by almost every country in Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia.

Lucy Setian

Lucy Setian

Associate Director HealthTech Innovation, Novartis Foundation

Lucy Setian is responsible for the strategy and implementation of Digital & AI programs at the Novartis Foundation. Lucy is currently working on fostering multi organizational and governmental dialogue and implementing initiatives based on best practices in digital health care and delivery in low- and middle- income countries. Prior to joining the Novartis Foundation, she was in charge of the Technology Practice at UCB, driving strategic communications and educational programs on Digital & AI. Throughout her career, Lucy has held different leadership roles with a focus on corporate strategy and business development, digital project and program management, innovation, marketing and communications across different industries. Lucy is a Computer Engineer from the German faculty program of the Technical University of Sofia and the Technical University of Karlsruhe. She holds a magna cum laude Master degree in Communication Sciences from VUB-Brussels, and an Executive MBA from Solvay Business School.

Catherine Cheney

Catherine Cheney

Senior Reporter, Devex

Catherine Cheney is a Senior Reporter for Devex. She covers the West Coast of the U.S., focusing on the role of technology, innovation, and philanthropy in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. And she frequently represents Devex as a speaker and moderator. Prior to joining Devex, Catherine earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University, worked as a web producer for POLITICO and reporter for World Politics Review, and helped to launch NationSwell. Catherine has reported domestically and internationally for outlets including The Atlantic and the Washington Post. Outside of her own reporting, Catherine also supports other journalists to cover what is working, through her work with the Solutions Journalism Network.

The Novartis Foundation aims to improve the health of low-income populations by working with local authorities and partners to re-engineer health systems from being reactive to proactive, predictive and preventative.

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